Health Skin Care By Nina T / July 26, 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 means you can control exactly what’s going in what you and your family are applying to your bodies.In this article, we'll 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 skin in the process. In addition, if you have any burns or allergic reactions, it'll act as a cooling agent and antihistamine to relieve it.Aloe vera has been used as a skin treatment for millenia, with Alexander the Great reportedly acquiring Madasgascar so he could use the aloe vera found there to treat the wounds of soldiers injured in battle. He wanted it for its famous antibacterial healing properties, which is why it's an incredible ingredient to use in a soap. 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. You can find most of the ingredients in your local store or a through doing 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 carrier oils (whichever 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 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 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 into your blender and blend it until it has the consistency of a juice. 4 Now you’re going to add your aloe to the 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 While letting your mixture sit for a bit, you can mix the oils together in a separate jar (once you’ve added these, your mixture should be about a pint). 7 In your microwave oven/oven, heat this mixture at 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's 95-105 degrees fahrenheit. 8 Combine your essential oils and lye mixture and stir for at least five minutes so that everything gets properly mixed. Your soap should start to lighten and thicken. 9 Pour the soap into your molds and wrap them in plastic and a towel. Let them sit for at least 24 hours, until they have hardened. 10 If you used a large mold, cut your soap into bars. 11 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'll have no trouble creating this healthy and nourishing soap for you and your family. With the control that this recipe gives you, you can add extra essential oils depending on your family’s needs.