I am hooked on making soap.
The difference between a quality homemade soap and anything I’ve ever bought in a store, including quite fancy expensive soaps is huge. Our homemade soap doesn’t dry out my skin like other soaps. Hans has been using it as a shaving cream, he says it works better and leaves his skin smoother than shaving cream in a can.
Encouraged by how nicely the lavender olive oil soap turned out, I decided to make an after sun, anti-mosquito soap.
Yup. Summertime outdoor soap.
It’s got loads of anti critter essential oils in it, one of them, Lemon Eucalyptus is reported to be effective as DEET.
I also added citronella, cedarwood atlas and lavender essential oils. Not cheap all these essential oils, but all are reported to be quite effective against those annoying mosquitoes.
Since the soap will be used in the summer, I thought it would be wise to use oils that are super nourishing and good for sun exposed skin.
Extra Virgin Olive oil: Very moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, absorbs well into the skin, helps skin stay elastic.
Organic Coconut Oil: Super skin nourishing, moisturizing, anti-bacterial
Red Palm Oil: Full of beta carotenes, great for sun exposed skin, moisturizing, vitamins A and E both powerful antioxidants.
Almond Oil: Skin healing, absorbs easily and is a mild sun screen
Castor Oil: Deep moisturizer, anti aging, anti-inflammatory
Sunflower Seed Oil: Moisturizing, vitamins E and C, good for skin repair.
Avocado Oil: Nutritious, super moisturizing, aids in skin regeneration, full of vitamins A, B, E and beta carotene.
Mango Butter: deep moisturizer, aids in skin regeneration, anti-aging, healing.
And Lavender hydrosol, which is super skin healing.
As with the lavender soap, I “superfatted” it, which means it’s got more moisturizing properties because it has some oils, like the mango butter which do not become saponified.
The soap is naturally yellow/orange in color from the red palm oil (all those beta carotene’s) and I added a bit of green mineral powder for a jungle-ish, outdoors-ish look.
The result is a really rich, nourishing luxury soap that will help keep the mosquitoes away.
Stay tuned for my next soap adventure.