How to Use Unscented Liquid Soap for DIY Body Care

How to Use Unscented Liquid Soap for DIY Body Care

You can avoid the questionable ingredients in commercial body cleansers, shaving soap and handsoap and still get clean. There’s simply no need to hassle with all of the individual products whenone bottle of unscented liquid soap works just as well. Often referred to as liquid Castile soap,read on to learn how to use unscented liquid soap for DIY body care.

Unscented liquid soap is a simple and safe ingredient to make your own homemade versions oftypical, cleanser-based body care products. It’s easy to use, doing so saves money, plus it allowsyou to use safer and more natural products on your skin – all of which better fits a more holisticlifestyle. You can easily switch up a basic liquid soap recipes with add-in ingredients like: essentialoils, herbal infusions, extracts and hydrosols that: capture certain benefits, fit your mood, or eventie-in with the season at hand.

What is liquid soap and how is it made?

Liquid soap is created by adding potassium hydroxide to a vegetable oil, such as olive or hemp.This produces a reaction called saponification – a process of chemistry by which the strongly basicpH of the potassium hydroxide rearranges the larger fatty triglyceride molecules of the vegetableoil into separate and smaller molecules of esters, salts and glycerin. This mix of molecules isbasically liquid soap – a fragrance-free, effective and very useful cleanser that’s been safely usedfor ages.

Soap can occasionally dry the skin, because in the process of getting you clean, it can take awaythe body’s own protecting oil (sebum.) To counteract this, a light application of a skin care oilafter washing is all that’s needed. By applying the oil, you’ll provide a temporary replacement forthe sebum until your skin produces more. Everyone’s skin is different; some of us are able to usesoap often, whereas others need to apply it more judiciously. It’s best to just know your skin typeand regulate your use of soap accordingly.

Homemade Liquid Soap Cleanser

Use this simple 3-ingredient formula for any cleansing application.

Ingredients

  • 3 fluid ounces unscented liquid soap
  • 1 fluid ounce of purified, distilled or reverse osmosis water, (or herbal tea, flower infusion orhydrosol)
  • 48 drops essential oil

Directions:

  • 1. Into a 4 oz. bottle, measure all ingredients, replace lid and shake gently until well-blended.
  • 2. To use, apply to wet skin, work into lather and rinse.

Tip: Try using liquid soap for simplicity, economy and variety when you mix in your own choice ofessential oils and body care ingredients.

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