HOW TO MAKE SOAP AND BATH ADDITIVES

How To Make Soap And Bath Additives

 

After a long day, there is sometimes nothing nicer than relaxing in a bath. Here’s how you can make your bath even more enjoyable through using your own naturally made products.

HOW TO MAKE SOAP

You can pamper your skin with your own fragrance preferences, using homemade soap and bath additives.

For a large block of homemade soap, you’ll need:

  • 400g pure vegetable margarine
  • 250g coconut oil
  • 200ml olive oil
  • 300ml distilled water
  • 137g sodium hydroxide (from the pharmacy)
  • 4 tbsp. soft rolled oats

HOW TO MAKE SOAP

What are the ingredients for homemade soap?

HOMEMADE SOAP METHOD

  1. Carefully add the sodium hydroxide to the water – preferably while wearing an apron and safety goggles. The salt solution will heat up very quickly, so be careful! Put the liquid to one side and let it cool for around an hour.
  2. Melt the vegetable margarine and coconut oil in a pan over a low heat. Carefully add the olive oil to this, and then remove the pan from the hob.
  3. Once the fat and the salt solution have cooled, mix them both together.
  4. Stir the mixture until it becomes noticeably thicker.
  5. Add the rolled oats, and if you want, add a drop or two of fragrance oil. Vanilla, rose, orange and lavender essences smell great.
  6. Pour the soap mixture into a silicone mould and leave it to harden for at least 24 hours.
  7. The next day, remove the soap from the mould and cut it into small pieces. It then needs to dry in the open for four to six weeks.

HOW TO MAKE A CREAM BATH

What is a Cream Bath?

A cream bath makes for wonderfully soft and smooth skin. Adding a few ingredients into your bath can help nourish your skin, leaving it feeling fresh, clean and moisturised.

What are the ingredients for a Cream bath?

  • 100ml Body Cream
  • 2 tbsp nut oil

A cream bath makes dry skin wonderfully soft and smooth.

HOMEMADE CREAM BATH METHOD

  1. Mix 100ml cream and 2 tbsp. nut oil in a bowl
  2. Add 1 tsp. surfactant to ensure the cream and oil blend together well
  3. Pour the cream bath mixture into a warm bath along with a few drops of lavender or rose oil for a pleasant fragrance, and relax.

BATHING FAQS

1. Is too much showering or bathing harmful to my skin?

Developed by experts, all NIVEA Body Cleansing products contain a special combination of ingredients to give the skin a cared feeling and help to protect your skin from moisture loss. Showering or bathing is not damaging for the skin. However, depending on the skin type and the quality and temperature of the water, dermatologists often recommend not showering or bathing more than twice a day in order to preserve the skin’s own balance. Sensitive and dry skin types should also pay attention to their skin reaction in order to set their personal shower and bath limit.

2. How do I know what product is right for me?

Choosing the right body cleansing product for you should start with defining your own needs and your favourite scents. If you long for a feeling of freshness then the NIVEA Shower Clay Fresh Ginger and Basil is a great option. For more specific needs (peeling, very dry or sensitive skin), NIVEA In-Shower Rich Body Lotion will provide appropriate care. For care that the whole family can enjoy, opt for NIVEA Crème Soft Care Soap or NIVEA Rich Moisture Soft Shower Cream.

3. How much bath products should be used when there is no information on the label?

A small "squirt" (max. 30ml) in the water is sufficient, but the product can be individually dosed depending on the required intensity (e.g. amount of foam) of the product.

4. Why do bars of soap develop cracks?

Unfortunately, this problem can occur more or less in any bar of soap after long-term use. These cracks form when the bar of soap is wetted then subjected to long dry periods without routine use. But cracks do not affect the cleansing performance of the product. The only result of the cracks might be an aesthetic problem if dirt particles accumulate in the cracks which can be interpreted as dark stains in the soap bar.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.