Herbs are not only useful for adding flavour in the kitchen – many of them have skin-loving properties, too. To enjoy their natural beauty benefits without all those colours, preservatives and unpronounceable chemicals getting in the way – why not make you’re very own 100% organic herbal soap?
Which herbs to choose
Use the following herbs alone, or create your own bespoke mix to suit your skin type:
- Thyme: Anti-inflammatory – ideal for acne prone skin.
- Basil: Antibacterial – a great skin rejuvenator.
- Rosemary: An antidote to chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
Lavender: Boost circulation for a healthy glow.
- Aloe Vera: The ultimate soother for inflamed, irritated or sunburnt skin.
What you’ll need:
- A handful of herbs
- Hand blender
- Coffee filter papers
- Clean, dry recycled household containers (cartons, boxes and tubs)
- Microwaveable measuring jug
- Vegetable oil spray
- Glycerin soap base (available from craft shops)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paring knife
- Wash your herbs and dry thoroughly. Place in a bowl with a tablespoon of water and blend to a purée.
- To establish the amount of soap base you need for each mould (container), fill with water to the desired level (depending how thick you want your soap). Pour the water into a measuring jug and write the quantity on the side of each mould.
- Discard the water, dry the moulds thoroughly and spray the inside of each one evenly with the oil spray, to prevent the soap from sticking.
- Chop the soap base into ½-inch cubes, place in the measuring jug with a paper towel over the top and microwave in 30-second bursts until melted, but not boiling. Keep adding soap pieces to reach the desired amount. You may need to work in batches.
- Allow the soap base to cool but not solidify then add the desired amount of herb purée and pour into your containers.
- Spray the top of the soap to get rid of any air bubbles then let the soaps set for an hour. Transfer to the freezer for a further two hours then remove the soaps from the moulds.