Homemade soap has a personal touch, whether you’re using it yourself or giving it as gifts to others. Indian homemade soap adds exotic ingredient into that mix, often with subtle fragrances. It’s not difficult to make homemade soap, and these Indian recipes will leave the skin feeling fresh and smelling very good.
You can make a lotion bar that’s scented with sandal wood for an easy Indian homemade soap. Simply melt 4 ounces of beeswax (you can use either the yellow or the white) in a pan while you gently melt 4 ounces of shea butter in a different pan. When they’re fully melted, mix them together and stir well. At this stage, add 5 ounces of oil, preferably either jojoba or rapeseed oil, plus 2 teaspoons of sandalwood essential oil. Mix together well, and then pour into smaller containers that will act as the soap molds. Each bar of the homemade soap will look best if you wait to pour it until the mixture has cooled somewhat. Allow 2 hours for the homemade soap to harden before removing from the containers.
Nothing conjures up India like the smell of patchouli. Used sparingly, it’s a wonderfully sensual fragrance that is ideal in soap. Start by heating up 10 ounces of coconut oil with 8 ounces of olive oil and 12 ounces of vegetable shortening, such as lard. Once they’ve fully melted together, set the pan aside to cool and combine 13 ounces of distilled water with 4 ounces of sodium hydroxide, stirring them carefully together. Place it on the heat, stirring constantly until it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Then add it to the oil mixture and stir until it begins to thicken. Add 1 teaspoon of the patchouli essential oil.
Now pour into the soap molds you want and cover with a towel. Leave the soap to harden for 24 hours. Remove from the mold and place on layers of cardboard. Cover with a towel and leave for 4 weeks; this lets the sodium hydroxide properly react with the oils in the soap. After this time you can use the homemade soap.
To make jasmine soap, you’ll need to wear rubber gloves and safety goggles as you’ll be working with lye. Measure out water to lye in a 3-to-1 ratio (32 ounces to 11.2 ounces), being certain to add the water to the lye, not the other way round. Give the mixture time to cool, and then measure 3 pounds of lard, 1 pound coconut oil and 1 pound olive oil into an old pan and melt them together. Heat until the temperature is 210 degrees, and then add the lye mixture. Stir well and also use a hand blender to mix everything.
Add the jasmine fragrance (1.5 ounces) and keep stirring. When the mixture has thickened pour into the homemade soap molds and leave to cool for 24 hours before removing the soap. If the soap won’t come out easily, twist the molds a little to release the homemade soap.