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Easy Whipped Shaving Soap

In one of my previous blog posts I shared how easy it is to make liquid hand soap out of a cold processed natural soap bar. Today’s recipe is just as easy and even takes less time.

DIY Shaving Soap from a bar of cold processed natural soap |2wome2cats|

You can buy special shaving soaps (or make your own cold processed one) but if you have lots of soap bars like I do and can’t use them up as fast as you’d like, this might be the perfect solution. Also a good way to pimp up a soap bar that you maybe didn’t like that much before. There is no need for alcohol or aggressive surfactants or paraffinic oils. If you take a look at the back of many commercial shaving creams you’ll see that they often include things you really don’t want on your skin. Natural cold processed soap bars are made from oils and are saponificated with NaOH and often are highly superfatted to prevent dry skin.

DIY Shaving Soap from a bar of cold processed natural soap |2wome2cats|

For this shaving soap I used a bar that I didn’t like that much on its own and added some coconut oil and pure aloe vera gel (for extra moisture) to the process. I you don’t have aloe vera gel or don’t want to use it you can just add an equal amount of water to the mixture.

Ingredients

50 g cold processed soap
100 ml water
50 ml pure aloe vera gel
1 tbsp coconut oil
a few drops essential oil (optional)

Grind the soap bar or chuck it in a food processor. The soap should be really fine, otherwise it won’t melt easily. Heat the water with the soap and oil in a medium sized saucepan on low heat until the soap has completely melted. You really need to stir a lot because of the small amount of water. Mine turned into a thick paste really quickly and the soap was dissolved almost immediately. Be careful not to let it burn! It might form little lumps at the bottom which may seem like unmelted soap. If you touch them, you’ll see that those lumps are actually more like a paste and it means the soap flakes have dissolved already. Stir in the aloe vera and keep it a little bit longer on the stove until everything is incorporated properly. Take it off the heat and set aside to let it cool down.

Unlike the liquid hand soap I have made, the shaving cream doesn’t need to gel up for a few days. I gave it a stir every few hours and it had set completely after a day. If you don’t stir it so frequently it might take a little bit longer. When the soap has set, whip it up by hand or with a mixer and add some essential oil if your soap wasn’t scented. It will be really smooth, creamy and easy to apply. Best is to keep it in a small tin in the bathroom.

Stef

DIY Shaving Soap from a bar of cold processed natural soap |2wome2cats|

DIY Shaving Soap from a bar of cold processed natural soap |2wome2cats|

Easy Dead Sea Salt Scrub

During the wintertime Tiia always has had problems with atopic skin, especially on her hands. Depending on the weather it can be quite tolerable or awful in a few days change. Also she noticed that it gets worse if she has to use hand disinfectant and commercial liquid soap at work (plus stress and lack of sleep is a big factor). A while ago she had bought a quite pricey Dead Sea salt scrub which helped her quite well but didn’t have the best ingredients. Dead Sea salt is full of minerals and great for eczema in cosmetics and baths but of course you don’t have to suffer from atopic skin to enjoy it.

2women2cats: Diy Dead Sea Salt Scrub

I wouldn’t recommend using a scrub if your skin is already damaged so much that it has open wounds. For Tiia the scrub has prevented the skin to get that to that stage and she didn’t find the peeling effect too harsh on her skin. I bought a whole kilo of unprocessed Dead Sea salt at the eco market for around 10€. Way cheaper than the store bought ready made scrubs! You’ll mostly find the pure salt labeled as bath salt since it’s not edible. A kilo is a lot so I’d recommend also using it for the bathtub, if you have one, or for a relaxing foot or hand bath.

2women2cats: Diy Dead Sea Salt Scrub

Ingredients

Pure Dead Sea salt
Cold pressed oil of your choice – in this case I used sesame and macadamia

The salt is quite coarse (probably differs depending on the brand) so you need to break it down in a food processor first. You don’t want the peeling to be too harsh, so make sure the salt is quite small. I didn’t add any amounts because the recipe is really simple and you can start out making only a small batch to test it or a big jar.

2women2cats: Diy Dead Sea Salt Scrub

The only other thing you need to add to the scrub is oil. Whereas store bought peelings often use the cheapest processed oils, I would recommend using cold pressed oils only. Best would be if you already have experience in which oil your skin likes and which not. Sesame is a really great and mild oil that I also use for my face, while macadamia is a bit heavier and therefore I only added a small amount of.

Mix the salt with one or two oils of your choice in a bowl. Make sure everything is covered properly and there is a small layer of oil on top of the mixture. Then transfer into a jar or tin and your scrub is ready to use! You can keep it for a long time since there aren’t any perishable ingredients in it. Selfmade scrubs are also a great gift!

Stef

2women2cats: Diy Dead Sea Salt Scrub

2women2cats: Diy Dead Sea Salt Scrub

Moisturizing Avocado Face Mask

2women2cats: Moisturizing Face Mask DIY

In the wintertime my skin often needs a bit more care, especially here in Finland. The changes of temperature (coming from the cold and going to a heated apartment) stress the skin and often leave it a bit dry. This selfmade avocado mask is a great treatment for dry winter skin. Avocado contains lots of unsaturated fats and vitamins and will make your skin soft and nourished. Honey and ghassoul clay are great against blemishes, the rose water and aloe vera will add extra moisture. If you suffer from super dry skin you can also add a mild oil like sesame or grapeseed.

If you have the chance, use the mask in the sauna. The heat and steam will open up the pores on your face. If you don’t have a sauna, put the mask on right after a shower.

2women2cats: Moisturizing Face Mask DIY

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado
1 tsp honey
2 tsp ghassoul clay
rose water
pure aloe vera gel

Puree the avocado or mash with a fork. Add the honey and clay and as much rose water and aloe vera gel as needed to make the mask smooth but not too thin. Apply to clean skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Wash off with lots of warm water.

Leftovers can be stored in a jar in the fridge. The mask will stay good for around 4 days.

Stef

2women2cats: Moisturizing Face Mask DIY

2women2cats: Moisturizing Face Mask DIY

2women2cats: Moisturizing Face Mask DIY

DIY Liquid Hand Soap

If you have read my last posts you know that I am into natural soaps and homemade cosmetics at the moment. I have to confess that I ordered another natural soap made with lots of sea salt and evening primrose oil against blemishes. Although its salt content is high, the bar is really soft and the smell is great. My face seems to like it a lot and I think it is due to the lack of olive oil.

2women2cats: DIY Liquid Hand Soap

But back to the topic of this post. Now, the problem is, that I have acquired quite a few soap bars by now and they don’t get used up that quickly. Also I should mention that there might be more natural soaps on my Christmas wish list but lets not talk about that. As our liquid hand soap reached its end, I wondered if it would be possible to make liquid hand soap out of one of the bars. I did some research on the Internet and found quite a few tutorials for liquid hand soap. Most of them either used normal soap (the kind I don’t want to use anymore) or some special liquid castile soap. So I thought I just give it a try with one of my natural soaps to see how it goes. The whole process took a few days (don’t worry, most of the time you don’t have to do anything) but in the end I had a nice creamy soap. It might be more expensive than buying a normal liquid one but there won’t be any alcohol or additives in it since the natural soaps are saponificated with oils and NaOH.

2women2cats: Natural soaps - Aleppo soap

For the recipe I used my big Aleppo bar with olive and laurel oil. Let’s get to work! You can easily double the amount if you want to.

Ingredients

60 g natural soap
600 ml water
1 tbsp coconut oil
essential oils (optional)

2women2cats: DIY Liquid Hand Soap

Grate the soap into small flakes and put it into a big pot with coconut oil and water. If you have soap rests you can also chop them up and put them in. Heat everything on the stove on medium heat and wait until all the soap had dissolved. This will take a while so you might want to grab a chair and read while stirring once in a while. You’ll need some patience but the soap will melt at some point. The small flakes might even melt instantly but bigger pieces will need a bit longer. I am not sure if it matters if the mixture boils or not but I kept it below boiling point just in case.

2women2cats: DIY Liquid Hand Soap

Once everything has melted take the pot from the heat, put a lid on and wait. Wait a long time. You can check it after 24 hours but I had to leave mine for 3/4 days (I lost count) before the whole thing gelled up completely. Stir the mixture once every day. At the beginning it will look like soap water. When I checked it after a day I thought actually thought this was a fail but I left it in the pot just to be sure. After the first disappointing look, it started to look different every time I checked. The bottom looked a bit slimy while the top was still soap water. After a few days it looked like jelly and that’s when you can continue with the next step.

2women2cats: DIY Liquid Hand Soap
Don’t worry, it will look more pleasant in the end.

Pour the jelly in a mixing bowl or in a food processor and add some drops of your favourite essential oil if you like. Don’t use too much! It also depends if the bar you used was already scented or not. Mix it with a hand mixer or the food processor until everything is creamy.

2women2cats: DIY Liquid Hand Soap

Liquid soap done! You can now pour it in your soap dispenser. I had too much for mine so I poured the rest in a glass bottle. After half a day mine started to separate into three layers in the dispenser and bottle. First I thought I had done a mistake with the recipe or it just didn’t work with natural soap after all. I poured the soap from the bottle back in the food processor (the bottom was really liquid and the top like jelly again), mixed it up once more and poured it back into the bottle. It didn’t separate again after that, so I decided to give the soap dispenser only a good shake to mix it up again and that seemed to do the trick already. No need for the food processor after all. So I don’t know if I hadn’t mixed it up properly the first time or why it had separated again but after that the soft creamy foam gelled up completely and has stayed like that since. So in case your soap might do the same (although I think it might have to do with the Aleppo bar I used), don’t give up and pour it away! You will just have to shake it up another time.

2women2cats: DIY Liquid Hand Soap

2women2cats: DIY Liquid Hand Soap

The liquid soap that I made was supposed to be for washing hands but actually you can also use it as a shower gel or even shampoo, depending on what kind of soap you used for the recipe. The Aleppo bar I had can be used on the body,  face or as a shampoo bar, so there aren’t any limitations to the liquid one either.

I think next time I will try to do a similar recipe with less water. I should get a thicker “whipped” soap that could be  used as a shaving soap.

Stef

Whipped Shea Butter

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

As I have promised in my last post, here is the recipe for the whipped shea butter. As it was already snowing outside, it was about time for some nourishing body butter against dry and itchy skin. Whipped shea butter is also supposed to be good for atopic rashes, dry hair and can also be used in the face. It is really easy to make and kind of reminded me of making a ganache. You melt oils together and whip them to a shiny, soft cream. And that is really all to it!

The base recipe is made up of 75% hard oils and 25% liquid oils. You can choose whatever oils you like or have at home like olive-, sunflower- or rapeseed oil. For the hard oils I used, besides shea, some coconut fat and my liquid oil of choice was macadamia. Any kind of ethereal oils can be added to that if you want a different smell and to preserve it longer some vitamin E. Don’t worry if you don’t want to buy E vitamin just for that. Since there is nothing but oil in it will stay good for a long time. If you use coldpressed oils you can make a completely raw body butter. Shea starts melting pretty quickly and together with the coconut I had it completely melted at 37°C.

My recipe contains 100 g of oils in total which makes around 140 ml of whipped shea butter. You can easily double the recipe if you want to give it away as a gift but beware not to make too much. Only really little is needed on the skin.

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

Ingredients

50 g shea butter
25 g coconut fat
25 g macadamia oil
a few drops of essential oil (I used honey oil)
E vitamin

Melt the shea and coconut together in a bowl in a hot water bath.

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

Let it cool down for around 20 minutes. After it has cooled down add the macadamia or oil of your choice, a few drops of the essential oil and 4 drops of the vitamin E. Let everything set in the fridge.

Once it has set you can start whipping the oils with a hand mixer. It will get white and shiny! Store the whipped shea butter in little tins or plastic jars.

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

If you want to prevent bacteria from getting into it, you can use a spatula or spoon for taking it out. It will immediately melt on your skin! The butter will stay whipped so you don’t need to store it in the fridge but I guess it depends on how warm it gets where you live.

Stef

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter