Kamias, Calamansi, Papaya, Cucumber and Radish Soaps
- 1 glass Caustic Soda (NaOH)
- 3 glasses water
- 5 glasses cooking oil
- 1/2 glass juice or extract
- Prepare the materials and the utensils needed.
- Measure 1 glass of caustic soda and 3 glasses of water and pour into a plastic pail.
- Mix well by stirring continuously using a wooden ladle or bamboo stick. Use only one direction in mixing the mixture. Stir until the caustic soda is dissolved.
- Pour 5 glasses cooking oil into the mixture.
- Continue stirring until a consistency of a condensed milk is achieved and add 1/2 glass of juice or extract.
- Pour the soap mixture into desired plastic molders. Set aside and let it cool to harden.
- After 4-5 hours, remove the soap from the molder.
- Allow 30 days of ageing before packing. Label the soaps.
- Kamias – fruit extract or juice (bleaching soap)
- Calamansi – fruit extract or juice (bleaching soap)
- Cucumber – fruit extract or juice (moisturizer)
- Papaya – extract from fresh leaves (bleaching/moisturizer)
- Radish – extract from the stem (moisturizer)
- Caustic Soda can harm the skin upon contact. Wash immediately with vinegar or anything sour and then wash it with soap and water.
- Caustic Soda is harmful to health and so, make the necessary precaution. Use mask and gloves to protect your body.
You don’t need to pay high prices for fancy, scented soaps; you can make your own fragrant concoctions with some simple ingredients and a little know-how.
- Decide what kind of dried herbs you’d like to use. Good choices are lavender for its lovely fragrance, and for its ability to soothe irritated skin, and mint for its invigorating properties. Experiment with your favorite herbs to find your favorite combination.
- Assemble the other items you will need: the plainest soap you can find (plain glycerine soap is best, but Ivory or another mild, unscented soap will do), a soap mold, and a double boiler.
- Coat your soap mold with vegetable oil.
- Heat 1/3 cup water in a double boiler to a simmer.
- Crumble 3 to 4 tablespoons of herbs into the water.
- Take the double boiler off the heat and allow the herbs to steep for 15 minutes.
- Return the pan to the heat and add the bar of soap, cut into small pieces.
- When the soap is melted, pour the mixture into the soap mold.
- Leave at room temperature until the soap has hardened (it will be a bit softer than the bar you started with).
- Open the mold and remove the soap.