Aloe vera is a beneficial ingredient to add when making homemade soap whether you are making melt and pour soap or a milled soap recipe. Aloe vera is helpful in soothing burned and irritated skin. Aloe vera gel is readily available at most health food stores as well as grocery stores, and can be added to most soap recipes in gel form just prior to pouring the soap into the mold.
Milled soap is defined as re-creating existing soap into a new form. Take an existing soap bar, grate it up and reconfigure into new soap. You will need the following to make milled soap with aloe vera, 4 oz. of grated castille soap which you can find at health food stores; 2 tbsps. of aloe vera gel; 1 1/2 tbsps. of rose water; 30 drops of evening primrose oil; 6 drops of orange essential oil; 4 drops of juniper essential oil. Make the soap by grating enough castille soap to make 4 oz. and combining with the aloe vera gel; rosewater and evening primrose oil. Mix together well, cover and let sit overnight. After letting the soap mixture rest overnight, place in a food processor and add the essential oils, mixing on low speed until all ingredients are incorporated. Now wet your hand and scoop up handfuls of the soap from the processor and roll into soap balls. Place on wax paper or a wire rack to dry completely. Package with clear cellophane bags or wrap of your choice. This is a soothing aloe vera soap that is excellent for facial use.
Melt and Pour Aloe Vera Soap
Melt and pour soap making is a simple process. Purchase melt and pour soap base at any craft supply store or through an online supplier. Most melt and pour soap bases come in 1 lb. blocks. Simply cut up the block of soap into 1 inch squares to make 2 cups of soap, melt in a glass measuring jar in the microwave until just melted through, and add 1 tsp. of aloe vera to the mixture after it has cooled. You can add one to two drops of coloring and one to two drops of fragrance oil at this point, mixing completely with a wooden spoon. Pour the prepared mixture into a clean soap mold containing three cavities, making sure the mold is free of dust and debris. Let dry completely, and remove from the mold when cool and dry. Package with plastic wrap or homemade craft paper.
- The Everything Soapmaking Book, Alicia Grosso, Adams Media, 2003.