Making Aromatherapy Soap and Shower Gel
Turn your daily bath or shower into an excuse for indulgence with home made aromatherapy products tailored to your needs.
Have you even wished that you could make soap specially formulated for your own skin type that would literally wash away problems such as eczema or acne? Or even a relaxing shower gel to help you unwind after a hard day? As with many other types of aromatherapy beauty products, making your own soap is far easier than you might have thought!
Wash and Go – Bathroom routines play a big part in your well being. After a hard day at work, there’s nothing better than sinking into a warm bath and soaking away the stressors of the day. A brisk morning shower is also an essential ritual, cleansing away the night’s sleep and refreshing yourself for the day ahead. The products you use during these rituals can make all the difference.
Bathroom Benefits – You can add aromatherapy oils to bath and shower products to tone and moisture, act as natural deodorants, exfoliate dead skin cells and simply help you to relax by reliving tension in tired muscles. Your own aromatherapy soaps with have added benefits that are tailored to suit your needs.
Choosing Your Base Products – The base ingredients you keep on hand to make your soaps can be as personally tailored as your choice of oils.
- Glycerin Base – Pure glycerin, which forms the base of most soaps, can be bought from aromatherapy suppliers, chemists or beauty stores. Some supermarkets sell pure glycerin soaps, which will do just as well.
- Wheatgram Oil – This is a good ingredient for home made soaps as it is rich in Vitamin E, an important antioxidant that helps to keep the skin in good condition.
- Aloe Vera – As well as solid soaps, you can make effective gels to help tone your skin. Aloe vera offers a good unfragranced gel base, use in a. ratio of 50ml aloe vera to 10 drops of essential oils.
- Exfoliating Scrubs – To get the benefits of exfoliation as well as cleansing, add. ages teaspoons of rosemary seeds, poppy seeds, vanilla pods or cornmeal to your recipes.
- Commercial Soaps – There’s nothing to stop you adding a few drops of oil to shop-bought soaps and gels too. Simply substitute them for the specialist products mentioned in the recipes.
- Bathing Water – Essential oils can be added directly to your bath water, or dissolved first in vegetable oil, or even full-fat milk. Add 7 to 10 drops and make sure they are well dispersed by giving them a good swish around.
- Sponge or Flannel – Sprinkle 4 to 6 drops of oil on a wet flannel or sponge in the shower. The steam will carry its aroma, helping you to receive its full benefit.
Aloe vera can be a wonderful base for your shower gel. You can choose whether or not your spears exfoliate, as well as how they will smell.