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I started researching on juicing because, I wanted to provide myself with more nutrition for my health and my skincare.  I started my path not only, juicing but eating more vegetables and fruits. On this journey, I also learned that the pulp from juicing can be used to make a face mask. Just by adding a few vitamin and mineral oil. So I thought to myself, what else can I do to better my skin from the outside? Using vitamins and herbs. What exactly do I want to accomplish for myself? After a few minutes I realized, I wanted my skin to be more radiant glowing, youthful, softer, and I also wanted my skin to feel tightened. Which most people over the age of 30 can agree too, right?

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How to make SOAP??
The information i gathered below or from researching online and video’s.
Using a knife, cut 1 pound of melt-and-pour soap base into 1-inch cubes place them in a microwave-safe bowl, and cover, or you can place them in a double boiler.
 
If you don’t want to cut your soap, then buy your soap pre-cubed. (You can usually buy it pre-colored, as well.) You can easily break it off with your hands.
 
2. Place your soap in the microwave and heat for 50 seconds.( In a double boiler heat for one hour)
 
3. Stir your soap.
 
4. Continue melting your soap in 15-second intervals, stirring in between each time, until your soap base is completely melted.
 
Keep an eye on your mixture. You don’t want it to boil over or become frothy. Just like food, you can burn your soap. (It even looks burnt because it turns a brownish-yellow color.)
 
5. Add in any other additives you want to use.
 
Keep in mind that solid additives may fall to the bottom of your mold unless you let the soap gel a bit before adding. (For Additive ideas, see the table at the end of the steps presented here.)
 
6. Pour the soap into the mold.
You don’t have to, but you can lightly spray your mold with a releasing agent, such as vegetable oil, if you like, so that the soap is easier to remove. When you pour, try to aim for the middle of the mold so that the mold doesn’t overflow before it’s completely filled.
 
Lightly spray the soap with rubbing alcohol (optional).
 
This step can help eliminate bubbles that form on the surface of your soap.
Remove the soap from the mold after it solidifies.
 
You usually need to keep your soap in the mold anywhere from one to three hours. The soap doesn’t completely harden, but it does get hard enough to remove from the mold. If you’re a more patient person, you can leave the soaps in the mold overnight so they’re totally firm before removal. This ensures that they keep a sharp outline if they have an intricate pattern.
To remove your soap from the mold, invert it and press gently on the bottom of the mold. If your soap doesn’t pop out, it may need to cool longer. If you’re still having problems, you can pour some warm water on the bottom of the mold or freeze it for a few minutes.
 
If you’re not going to use your soap right away, wrap it in plastic to store.
 
Common Soap-Making Additives
Additive Description
Almond oil  When used in soap making, Sweet Almond oil produces a rich conditioning lather. High in Vitamins E, A and D as well as Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids, this oil is perfect for soothing dry, flaky and irritated skin. It is said to be beneficial for skin ailments like rashes, psoriasis and eczema.
Aloe vera Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. … Additionally, in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.
Apricot Softens skin. A popular bath additive. To use, place dried
apricots in water for several hours and then liquefy.
Apricot kernel oil Natural apricot seed oil contains gamma linoleic acid that is useful to firm and tone your skin. This also contains Vitamin A and E to soothe and slow down the aging process. It has nourishing properties and an anti-inflammatory effect to soothe eczema.Softens skin. Especially good for sensitive skin.
Beeswax Beeswax carries antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that are essential in fighting chapped skin and bacterial infections that tend to affect us most in the dry, winter months. It forms a protective wall by sealing in moisture in our skin without smothering and clogging up the pores. Hardens soap and contributes scent. Need to melt before adding to soap. Don’t use more than 1 ounce per pound of soap.
Clay Bentonite clay is often used to increase lather in soap bars. It has the added benefit of being a natural detoxifier. Bentonite clay binds with and removes toxins from your body, and it’s extremely eco friendly Helps dry out oily skin. 
Cocoa butter It’s the fat source used to make chocolate, even healthy chocolate, responsible for giving it its alluring, melt-in-your-mouth, silky feel. Plus, just like other skin-loving sources of healthy fatty acids — such as raw shea butteror coconut oil — cocoa butter is great for naturally healing dry, sensitive skin. Hardens soap and moisturizes, can be purchased in a deodorized form if you want
its qualities without the chocolate smell.
Cucumber The flesh of the cucumber is mostly water, but also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skinirritations and reduce swelling–these acids prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis. Acts as astringent. Use grated skin or liquefied.
Glycerin Glycerin soap is very mild and gentle on the skin, and can even help in relieving symptoms of certain skin disorders. Glycerin soap can be a very good cleanser for your face and can help you get rid of the extra oils and dirt that clogs your skin. It is also effective for acne prone skin and helps keep the acne away. Moisturizes skin.
Herbs From the scent to the therapeutic value and the aromatic benefits to medicinal properties that heal, soothe and rejuvenate the skin, there are many benefits. … After all, soaps that let your skin breathe and tap the healing power of herbs should be a natural choice. Contributes texture and color. Infuse herbs in almond oil
Honey Honey soap is great for dry or damaged skin. Acne – because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, raw honey helps kill bacteria that may cause acne and will help skin heal faster. Moisturizes skin and makes soap softer.
Lanolin Just like in humans, a sheep’s skin has pores that produce oils to hydrate the surface of the body. These oils, called lanolin, have a deep moisturizing effect on human skin and hair. Lanolin is found in cosmetics, skin creams and some moisturizing shampoos. It locks existing moisture into the skin and absorbs additional moisture from the air around it. Hardens soap. Moisturizes and softens skin. Can cloud soap.
Don’t use if allergic to wool.
Lemon It relieves eczema and similar skin conditions and improves signs of aging on the skin, such as age spots. Lemon oil is also good for acne, due to its antibacterial and astringent qualities. Since it is astringent, it can improve oily skin Adds texture and speckling, as well as antibacterial qualities.
Use grated peel.
Oatmeal Facts. Oatmeal, and its natural oil coat, moisturize, protect and gently cleanse, while correcting the pH of itchy or inflamed skin. When added to baths, colloidal oatmeal soap doesn’t clump; it spreads out and melts into a cloudy treatment that can relieve skin irritations. Softens and exfoliates skin. Adds texture. Use ground rolled
oats. Limit to a maximum of 1/2 cup rolled or 1/4 cup ground or
pulverized oats per pound of soap. A blender works very well for
making oat flour.
Pumice The benefits to pumice bar soap are endless. Pumice bar soap contains volcanic rock and is an excellent natural abrasive, exfoliating dead skin and scrubbing skin clean from dirt, tar, paint, grease, oil, ink and adhesives. …  Removes tough dirt, but can be harsh. Adds texture.
Vitamin E oil “Vitamin E oil works to block free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process. If we can fight off free radicals, then we can reduce wrinkles and keep the skinyouthful-looking.” Vargas adds, “It has basic antioxidant properties that everyone needs Acts as a preservative when you add fresh fruit or other
additive at risk of spoiling.
Wheat germ When applied to your skin, wheat-germ oildelivers a healthy infusion of vitamin A, vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. … In particular, wheat-germ oil is a rich source of vitamin E, which helps reduce skindamage, fight free radicals, support healthy collagen formation and maintain even skintone. Exfoliates skin; adds bulk and texture. Shows up in soap as
light speckling. Use no more than 3 tablespoons per pound of
soap.

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