Bitter Cold! Time to make soap ;)

It’s zero degrees today…boys are home from school for the nasty wind chills.   So…they are relaxing…with their ipods. {I remember when they used to make huge forts all over the living room with those blankets}

So…I decided to make soap.  My shipment of Dead Sea Mud arrived and I have been so excited to try a new recipe. 

Dead Sea Mud is a skin wonder:  It is enriched with 26 minerals that are essential to health.  The high mineral content allows skin to stay naturally hydrated and moisturized while increasing oxygen to the skin cells.  It has been shown to provide excellent releif from Psoriasis and Eczema and for the treatment of acne.

Come along for a tour of making a 2 lb. batch of Dead Sea Mud Soap.

A few necessities

I gathered a few items to get started: my scale, Cranberry Butter, a bowl & my 2 lb. wooden soap mold.

I outfitted my 2 lb. wooden soap mold with freezer paper.

 

All of my oils measured….

and into the soap pot.

Distilled water

 

Measured distilled water….

and Sodium Hydroxide {ever so carefully…}

 Poured & carefully stirred the sodium hydroxide into the distilled water. 

      

blending the oils & the water/lye mixture

Soap after a 10 minute hot water bath

Back on the stove for more saponification

Mixing in the Dead Sea Mud, Cranberry Butter & Essential Oils

I added Cranberry Butter {a blend of shae butter, jojoba oil & cranberries for an extra punch of anti-oxidents}.  
The essential oils are lavender, clary sage & rosemary. 

Lavender essential oil =   antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. It heals wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns rapidly as it aids in the formation of scar tissues. 

Clary Sage essential oil = anti-depressant, anxiety relief, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, strengthens and tones skin, effective herbal deodorant, and hormone balance.

Rosemary Essential Oil = is effective for mental fatigue, circulation probems, pain relief for the muscular system, decongests the respirtory tract adn is a skin and hair booster.

Into the mold it goes

and a cozy spot on the radiator to cure

A big thanks to my camera man Hayden for shooting a pic or two.

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