Homemade Jojoba & Aloe Soap Recipe for Natural Skin Care
This homemade jojoba & aloe soap recipe is made with real, skin soothing aloe vera gel for the perfect addition to your natural skin care routine. Naturally handcrafted using ingredients praised for their benefits in both skin care and hair care, this cold process aloe soap recipe makes a wonderful multi-purpose soap for your entire body – head to toe. Learn how to make it now!
I’ve started experimenting with new soapmaking oils and ingredients recently. You may have already tried my skin loving soap recipe which contains not only my favorite butters – shea and illipe – but also a combination of rich soapmaking oils known for their skin conditioning properties – jojoba oil, soybean oil and rice bran oil. For this homemade jojoba and aloe soap recipe I wanted to combine ingredients that were known for not only their benefits to skin, but to hair as well, in order to create a multi-purpose soap bar.
About the ingredients in my aloe soap recipe.
- Jojoba oil makes for a wonderful scalp cleanser for hair and absorbs quickly into skin since it’s similar to our skin’s own sebum. It helps to lock in moisture and reduce frizziness as well as help to strengthen hair and prevent split ends.
- Aloe vera not only soothes skin, but it’s also been shown to promote hair growth it also helps to alleviate itching and dryness especially for those who suffer from scalp psoriasis. In addition, aloe helps hair to retain water and moisture and its antifungal properties also help to curb dandruff.
- Illipe butter is a natural moisturizer that not only helps to prevent wrinkles and reduce inflammation, but also assists in preventing acne and eczema.
Homemade Jojoba & Aloe Soap Recipe
4.5 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
8 fluid oz. distilled water
3 oz. aloe vera gel
2 oz. skin safe fragrance oil or up to 1 oz. essential oils of choice, optional
soap colorant, if desired at recommended usage rate
dried flowers (such as rose petals or calendula flowers) as desired, optional
To make my homemade jojoba and aloe soap recipe, you should follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. If you have never made soap before, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the process before attempting my jojoba & aloe soap recipe. You may also want to start with a simpler natural soap recipe with fewer, less expensive ingredients. After all, sometimes that first – and even 50th! – soap making attempts fail.
My homemade jojoba & aloe soap recipe fits nicely inside one of my loaf soap molds. (Find out how to make your own wooden soap mold here as well as how to line your molds and alternate resources for sourcing lye.) Or you can purchase a loaf soap mold that holds at least a 3 lb. soap loaf.
Soap Making Instructions:
Start by preparing your lye-water so it can begin cooling. Next, measure out the distilled water called for in the recipe into a large glass pyrex measuring cup or plastic pitcher. Then weigh out your lye using a digital kitchen scale and slowly pour into your distilled water in a well ventilated area. Stir with a non-aluminum utensil and set aside to cool.
Then, using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out your oils and butters and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the pot on the stove and set to medium. Watch closely so that your oils don’t burn or start to boil. As soon as the oils have melted completely, remove from heat and turn off your burner. Set aside to cool. Keep tabs on the temperatures of you lye-water and oils with a kitchen thermometer. Once these both reach about 95°F, and are within 10°F of one another, you are ready to combine them.
While you are waiting on your lye-water and oils to cool, you can line your soap mold and prepare your other ingredients for this jojoba & aloe soap recipe.
Weigh out your aloe vera gel in a clean glass pyrex measuring cup and set aside. In a separate container, weigh out your fragrance or essential oils. (I recommend an aloe and green tea fragrance oil for this jojoba & aloe soap recipe.)
However, you can also use essential oils based on their skin care properties. For dandruff or acne, try using a combination of rosemary and peppermint essential oils with just a touch of tea tree oil.
You can also mix skin safe fragrance oils and essential oils together for your very own custom fragrance. Pink grapefruit fragrance oil mixed with a small amount of lemongrass and peppermint for example, smells heavenly and is perfect for summer.
Once your oils and lye-water have cooled, you’ll start by pouring the aloe vera gel into your melted oils. And, if desired, also add your soap colorant.
Next, slowly pour your lye-water into the mixture then use a stick (or immersion hand) blender to mix the ingredients. Once your soap reaches trace, mix in your fragrance and/or essential oils.
Blend thoroughly, then pour your soap into the mold.
Top your jojoba & aloe soap with dried botanicals or herbs as desired.
Now cover the mold with a piece of cardboard. Then, if using a wooden soap mold, insulate the soap with a towel. Set your jojoba & aloe soap aside for 24 hours.
After twenty four hours have past, unmold your soap loaf and cut into bars. Then set your soap aside on a drying rack or on a wax or parchment paper covered surface to cure. Your soaps will be ready for use in approximately four weeks. At that time your jojoba & aloe soap bars can be packaged for personal use or sale.
More Aloe Based Natural Skin Care Recipes
Not quite ready to make my jojoba & aloe soap recipe? You can buy handcrafted aloe soap here. Or try one of these other aloe based skin care recipes.
- Aloe Vera & Neem Oil Soap Recipe
- Aloe Vera Bath Melts with Epsom Salt
- Palmarosa Lime Natural Deodorant Recipe with Aloe Vera Oil
- Homemade Cucumber Eye Gel Recipe with Aloe Vera
- Hand Milled Aloe Soap Balls Recipe
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