Health Skin Care By Nina T / May 20, 2017 Share Tweet Pin Share Making your own soap is simple and has more benefits than you might think! It helps you to not only save money on buying soap, but you can control exactly what’s going in what you and your family are applying to your body.In this article, we will tell you our recipe for one of the most beneficial soaps you can make; an Aloe Vera soap recipe. What Are Some Aloe Vera Soap Benefits? Aloe Vera has many benefits that will make you want to use it on your skin. For one, it will hydrate your skin, helping to get rid of any dry or broken out skin in the process. In addition, if you have any burns or allergic reactions, it will act as a cooling agent and antihistamine to relieve it. It also has anti-viral properties. Overall, an Aloe Vera soap will help nourish and repair your skin. What Do You Need To Make This Soap? None of what you need to make this soap is difficult to use or hard to find. For the ingredients, most of them you can either find in your local store or a simple search online and some may already be in your kitchen. The ingredient list for this recipe is as follows:Aloe Plant (for the pulp) 3 Essential Oils (this can be whatever oils you want but we suggest coconut, olive, and almond oil)Water Lye You can also add coloring if you’d like, but it isn’t necessary What Sort Of Appliances & Equipment Do You Need To Make This Soap? One of the most convenient things about making your own soap is that it doesn’t take much that you don’t already have. Any appliances or equipment you would need can all be found or made right in your kitchen! You will need to use you either a microwave oven or oven to heat the soap and a mold to shape it; which can be made from almost anything you have lying around, from boxes to yogurt containers. You will also briefly need a blender as well. However, it’s important to remember to wear gloves since you will be working with lye. How Do You Make This Soap? 1 Before you do anything else, you’ll want to get your Aloe ready. The easiest way to do this is to grab your nearest aloe plant and squeeze the pulp out of a couple of leaves. 2 Measure out about ½ a cup of water into a jar or container. 3 The Aloe on its own will be too thick, so you’ll need to thin it out. The fastest way to do this is to toss your Aloe pulp in your blender and blend it until it has the consistency of a juice. 4 Now you’re going to add your Aloe to your water and start to stir it. 5 At this point, you should start adding in a ¼ a cup of lye, stirring as you go. 6 For now, let your water, Aloe, and lye set for a little bit 7 While letting your mixture sit for a bit, you can mix your essential oils together in a separate jar (once you’ve added these, your mixture should be about a pint) 8 In your microwave oven/oven, heat this mixture up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes. It will need to cool once you take it out, but it’s important that when you work with your soap for the next step it is 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit 9 Add your essential oils and your lye mixture together and stir for at least five minutes so that everything gets properly mixed. Your soap should start to lighten and thicken. 9 Add your essential oils and your lye mixture together and stir for at least five minutes so that everything gets properly mixed. Your soap should start to lighten and thicken. 10 Pour your soap into your molds and wrap them in plastic wrap and a towel. Let them sit for at least 24 hours, until they have cooled and hardened. 11 Now you can cut your soap into bars if you used a large mold. 12 You must let your soap set for about a month, turning it to expose a different side every week or so. Once this is done you can wrap your soap in wax paper to store. Conclusion By following the simple steps of our Aloe Vera soap recipe, you will have no trouble creating this healthy and nourishing soap for you and your family. With the control that this recipe gives you, you can tailor the extra essential oils to your family’s needs.