Thousands of Americans today take great pride in handcrafting soaps. This allows them to create their own scents and make their soap as powerful as they like. One very popular soap uses ground ginger. Ginger in the soap warms the skin and has a powerful, pleasant scent. Many people believe that the scent actually helps improve thinking. Some use ginger soap as an analgesic to sooth outer pains. Making your own basic ground ginger soap is easy and fun.
Easy Molded Ginger Soap
This simple recipe uses only three ingredients.
12 oz. grated soap 9 oz. water 2 tsp. powdered ginger
Any grocery store will sell powdered ginger. The soap brand doesn't matter, but it's best to get an unscented brand so that chemical scents won't overpower the scent of ginger. Put the water in a saucepan. Place the soap in a saucepan and heat it on your stove. Make sure to completely liquefy it, so the soap doesn't stick to your pan. After melting, remove your soap from the heat. Add ginger and stir gently, but completely. Carefully pour the soap mixture into individual soap molds. Cover your molded soaps to keep any foreign particles from getting into the mix. Let them sit covered for 2 days. Once they harden, remove the cover and let them sit for 2 to 3 weeks.
Alternate Molded Ginger Soap
This more complex recipe for molded ginger soap involves more steps, but also has a richer scent and a more natural feel than the earlier recipe.
10 oz. palm oil 4 oz. coconut oil 2 oz. olive oil 2 oz. lye 4 oz. water 4 oz. ginger juice and water
Run fresh ginger through a juicer. Combine the ground pulp and juice with water to equal 4 oz. Mix your lye with 4 oz. water. Heat this mixture in a saucepan on your stove until boiling. Meanwhile, place your oils into a pot on the stove and melt them together for a total of 16 oz. melted oil. Measure the temperatures of the oil and lye mixtures regularly with a thermometer. For the most accurate measurements, use an electronic thermometer. When the oils reach 110 degrees and the lye reaches 100 degrees, pour the lye into the oil mixture. Then mix in your ginger juice and stir thoroughly. Pour the soap into individual molds. Cover them and let them sit for 2 days. When the soaps harden, uncover them and let them sit for 2 to 3 weeks.
Liquid Ginger Soap
If you don't want to spend time waiting for your soap to harden, this simple recipe for liquid ginger soap makes a great alternative.
1 cup liquid soap base 1 drop bay oil 2 drops cinnamon oil 2 drops ginger oil 1 drop lemon oil 1 drop myrrh oil 2 drops patchouli oil 1 drop rosemary oil 1 drop sandalwood oil
Mix all ingredients thoroughly, then bottle your mixture.
This recipe's easy to follow. There's no need to heat the soap as nothing will be melted, nor any reason to mix the oils separately. You may miss the satisfaction of truly crafting your own soap from scratch. However, if you're interested in making ginger soap but you don't have much experience with soap-making, this recipe may be a good first step.