DIY with Mom, the “Soapmaker”
May 07, 2018 11:21AM
● By Rebecca Seidenspinner
My mom smiling proudly with her soap collection
My mom and I have a lot in common. We both love to read and work in the garden. We are the first to pull over to the side of the road to pick up anything with a “free” sign. (And we like to share our grand ideas about how it will look after we fix it up.) We are both creative and enjoy the simple things in life. If its painting, crafting or repurposing something, we always have some project we are crafting together. My mom recently fell in love with making homemade soap. She gets so excited about each new batch that her eyes light up when she talks about it. She has a notebook filled with recipes and details about soap.
There are so many different varieties. Shea butter and goat’s milk soap are a two of our favorites. When making soap at home, it kind of looks like a science experiment. You can add essential oils for scent or oatmeal, coffee or sea salt for a nice scrubbing texture. My mom recently made a charcoal soap that I love.
The use of activated charcoal is big right now on the DIY beauty scene, so I thought I would give you a few all-natural recipes to freshen your beauty routine. Charcoal is effective at drawing out impurities and toxins from your skin and provides a gentle exfoliation. It’s also safe enough to use on the skin. Here is a recipe for a simple melt and pour charcoal soap. This recipe is so easy that you can even make it in the microwave.
Recipe for Charcoal Soap Bars:
· Half a pound of melt & pour soap base of shea butter (found in the candlemaking section at Michael’s).
· Five capsules of activated charcoal opened and poured into the shea butter. Activated charcoal capsules are found in the vitamin section (or use some charcoal from your BBQ. Just kidding! These are two totally different types of charcoal).
· You can add any essential oils that you like. Lavender is good for sensitive skin and tea tree oil adds natural antifungal and antiseptic properties.
· Cut the shea butter into small chunks and heat all the ingredients in the microwave at one minute intervals, stirring often until a liquid is formed.
· When the liquid is formed, add the essential oils. Pour into a silicone mold, which is found in the baking section at Michael’s.
· If you put a little rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray the mold first, the soap is easy to pop out of the mold when it is done.
· We like to let the mold set in the refridgerator so it cools faster.
That’s it. You’re done. It’s time to lather yourself up and wash away all of the toxins. Now that you are finished making the charcoal soap, what are you going to do with your leftover charcoal capsules? How about a homemade charcoal toothpaste? Activated charcoal works as a powerful absorber and can remove stains on teeth and help get rid of bacteria that can cause bad breath. I recommend only using this a few times a week for a brighter smile. To make charcoal toothpaste, mix together two activated charcoal tablets, one tablespoon coconut oil, and ¼ teaspoon baking soda. This messy black toothpaste will make your teeth look like an old cowboy during brushing, but the results are shiny and white!
My mom loves to share her homemade soaps with others; it brings her joy. She has a heart for her children and her creative spirit inspires me everyday. In honor of Mother’s Day and my mother, the “soapmaker,” we would like to send our homemade soaps to some of our deserving mothers. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the address of your mother and we will send her a soap sample from my mom’s soap collection. Happy Mother’s Day to all the special moms.