Making your own soap can be a fun way to add another natural element to your steam shower. Many of us have sensitive skin and/or allergies that are vulnerable to chemicals and ingredients in store bought soap. There are natural soaps on the market, but making your own soap can be an enjoyable do-it-yourself project. You can create custom soaps with your favorite fragrances.
Humans have been making soap as early as 2800 BC. Evidence of humans making soap was found in Babylon. These people made soap from ashes, fat and water. The Egyptians also made a substance that was close to soap. It is also known that the Romans used soap. Soap was manufactured in the 18th century. Today, soap is widely available in a wide variety of types for different purposes. Generally, people have soap for washing laundry, for showering and bathing, for washing hands and for washing dishes.
When making soap, the most important factor is safety. Lye, a major ingredient in soap, is caustic and can burn. Always use goggles and gloves while making homemade soap. Additionally, do not let the lye contact aluminum, and do not add water to lye (always add lye to water). If your skin is irritated by your homemade soap, the lye may not have fully reacted, and you will have to dump your batch. Lastly, soap making produces fumes. Be careful and ventilate your soap making area.
Making homemade soap can be easy with the use of a crockpot. You start with a hot process recipe. Choose a recipe to use; the following is a general overview of at home soap making with a crockpot. Heat the oils in your crockpot on low. Then add the water and lye mixture. Stir the mixture in the crockpot and then carefully blend it with a blender stick. Cover it and let it cook for thirty minutes (cooking time may vary with the recipe). Check the mixture periodically. It is ready when the middle and the outside are the same texture. (The outside will thicken and eventually so will the middle.) Turn off the crockpot and stir the mixture. Add the fragrances and/or colors you would like.
Pour the soap into a mold and let it cool overnight. Take the soap out and cut it into the shapes you prefer. The soap will continue to get harder over time. If this process is overwhelming, you can always purchase a soap making kit, in which you melt pre-made bars of soap and add fragrances.
If done correctly, while adhering to safety precautions, creating your own natural soap can be a great way to enjoy another natural element in the shower. In a steam shower, you can also use the aromatherapy system to infuse your shower with relaxing scents. You may also want to use the chromatherapy lighting to calm your mood. Steam is also a great treatment for allergies and dry skin. Imagine sitting back in a built-in seat and enjoying soap you made yourself, the steam from your steam shower and luxurious body massage jets.