Recipes to Make Your Own Soap, Lotion and More

You can easily make safe, effective toiletries — including lotion and deodorant — at home, using simple, healthy ingredients.

| August/September 2007

If you’ve ever read the labels on health and hygiene products, you know it can be a challenge to find a product that doesn’t contain long lists of ingredients you can’t even pronounce, let alone know what they are or what they’re for. Plus, there are the occasional headlines that yet another standard ingredient in the products we use every day turns out to be counter to the very health and cleanliness the product is supposed to promote. Sometimes the easiest way to ensure that you’re using the best, healthiest products — from soap to toothpaste — is to simply make your own. You can easily make safe, effective toiletries — including lotion and deodorant — at home, using simple, healthy ingredients.

Try your hand at one or all of these basic recipes and rest assured that your body is getting the best care you can give it. You should be able to find the basic ingredients listed below at your local pharmacy or health food store.

Shea Butter Soap (from Soothing Soaps by Sandy Maine)

2 cups glycerin soap base, melted in a double boiler
2 tbsp shea butter, melted separately
Several drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Mix well, pour into molds (you can use regular food storage containers), and cool.

3/21/2015 10:26:32 PM

Interesting :) I used to make my own deodorant, however my sister got me some Lavilin a couple years ago, and I've been too lazy since. Will try your recipe at some point!

1/16/2014 10:52:08 AM

My interest in soap making is long standing, but I've never tried it. How do I know where to buy the ingredients like shea butter, glycerin etc. I did check out the Alaffia site, but do I purchase it already processed or is there a more raw form. If you buy in bulk, what do you recommend? What do you use for molds and what other equipment will I need. Thank you so much for your input!

1/15/2014 12:24:44 PM

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