Summertime Outdoors Handmade Soap

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.

Handmade olive oil soap

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.

adding oils and butters

Luxury oils are added to the extra virgin olive oil, mango butter, castor oil, almond oil and avocado oil.

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.

freshly poured soap in the wooden soap mold that Hans made

freshly poured soap in the wooden soap mold that Hans made

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.

Freshly cut soap

Freshly cut soap

The result is a really rich, nourishing luxury soap that will help keep the mosquitoes away.

Stay tuned for my next soap adventure.

2 comments to Summertime Outdoors Handmade Soap

  • Elizabeth…looks and sounds almost good enough to eat. Are you planning to market it in Middleton? It’s so funny…I pass almost daily your distribution
    center off Old Sauk Rd.

    Also check out on the web DHC Skin Care a olive oil based line from Japan. I’ve been using some of their early product line for a few years.

    • Hi Mary. Ai ai, I think I’m planning on just marketing here at our agritourismo. Regulations are so stringent. Perhaps one day it will be possible. I had a look at the site you mention, it looks like nice products. I think the most important thing is finding products that are genuine, and good for you and the planet. Seems easy, but truth is, it’s not.

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