There are so many people looking for ways to live frugally, including making many of the health and beauty products we take for granted. A good example of living frugally would be making soap instead of purchasing what is available commercially. Making soap from beeswax is easy, and many different scents can be created.
Basic Unscented Soap Recipes
Glycerin Soap and Beeswax Base
Using a double boiler, melt ½ cup of clear glycerin soap base over low heat. Once it is melted, add a tablespoon of grated beeswax. Stir the glycerin and beeswax until it is completely melted. This unscented soap base can be poured into molds and used, or scents and coloring can be added. Once you have added your scents or coloring, pour into molds and allow to harden.
Opaque Soap and Beeswax Base
Using a double boiler over low heat, melt 1 cup of opaque soap base. Once it is melted, add 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax. Stir until it is completely melted. Once you have added your scents or coloring, pour into molds and allow to harden.
Lavender & Rose Soap
Add ½ teaspoon of lavender and rose essential oils to the melted glycerin and beeswax base soap. Coloring and flower buds or petals can be added to the mixture. If using a liquid soap dye, only add a couple drops at a time and stir until the desired coloring is found. Powdered or meltable dye should be added following the manufacturer's directions.
Chamomile & Pear Soap
Add 1 teaspoon each of powdered chamomile and pear scented essential oil to the melted glycerin basic soap mixture. Drop green soap dye and mix until the desired coloring is obtained.
Oatmeal & Shea Butter Soap
Using the melted opaque soap base, slowly stir in ¼ cup of oatmeal and 2 tbsp. of melted shea butter. This soap does not require dying, but if you choose to you can use slivers of meltable dye to get the color of your choice.
Choose whichever soap base you wish to use, though opaque would be common for this soap type. Add 1 tbsp. of goat’s milk or buttermilk and 1 tbsp. of witch hazel to the melted soap mix. Stir until well blended. Add 1 tsp. of tea tree oil and 1 tbsp. of honey. Stir the mixture until all is dissolved, then add the dye color of your choice.
Randi Cardoza has been writing since 2008. Her specialties include health and fitness, DIY projects, home improvement, gardening and crafts. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in marketing from Western Illinois University.