• Karen Wolf-McMillin

Why Choose Organic?


Having skin issues is no laughing matter. After much research, I decided to put forth more effort into what was actually going onto my skin. Just like what I put into my body, my skin is a delicate organ that does not like being mistreated.

I began by researching the soap that I was using. The first thing that caught my eye was tocopheryl acetate. It is vitamin E mixed with acetic acid or vinegar. Basically, corrosive and irritating. Not to mention all the other 'stuff' I saw in there to basically make lots of it and at very little cost. No. So, I thought to myself, "How hard could it be to make soap without all that 'stuff' in there? There are only three basic ingredients used to make soap. Water, lye, and oil.

First of all, I use only deionized or distilled water. This is water that has had all the things that tap water might have in it removed. It is safe to drink and more importantly, safe to use with lye. Tap water may have trace elements in it along with added flouride in some instances that will have an adverse reaction to the lye.

There are two different types of lye. One type of lye is called sodium hydroxide. This lye is used to make hard bars of soap. The second type is called potash or potassium hydroxide. I use it to make liquid soaps. I also have used both together to make foaming bath butter. I use only the purest, food-grade crystals to make my soap.

I looked up soap oils. There are probably 1,000 oils that you can use to make soap. So, I looked at what each oil does...and the cost, oh my. I thought to myself, if I am going to spend this much money on the oils to make soap, how much more would it be to use organic? Surprisingly, not that much. I also found out that organic oils can be categorized with organic butters, as well and they come with a little certificate that certify and verify where it was grown, it's country of origin, when it was harvested, and probably the name of the employee if I needed that, too. I make many different soaps using many different recipes. I will post later about each individual oil and butter and their added benefits when using them in a soap or lotion.

Unlike 'natural' products, organic does not contain any chemical additives nor are they grown using chemical fertilizers. Nothing artificial...as wholesome as you can get. And, that is why I promote, use, and sell organic products. I source all of my products as locally as I possibly can. Honey and beeswax are two that I source locally only. I also grow many of my own flowers to later make my own essential oils. I will go into that with more detail later, as well. For now, I will leave you with a very good laundry soap recipe that I have made many times and it is definitely tried and true. I do not sell it. Please let me know if you make it and also let me know how you liked it.


KAREN'S LAUNDRY SOAP


2 bars of unscented, grated soap (I used Kem Baby castile)

1 cup of borax

1 cup of washing soda

12 cups of HOT distilled water


DIRECTIONS


1. Grate the 2 bars of soap and dissolve into the 4 cups of HOT water in a stainless steel stockpot dedicated to soap cooking. I don't suggest using it for food after you've cooked your soap in it. Do this on medium/high heat on the stovetop.

2. Slowly add the borax and stir until dissolved. Keep an eye as it will try to boil over. If this happens, remove from heat and keep stirring. Once it's stopped rising, put it back on the heat and reduce heat.

3. Add the washing soda and stir until dissolved.

4. Let entire mixture cool over night

5. Break the gelled mass into chunks and put back onto the heat.

6. Add HOT water 4 cups at a time, stick blending in between until you've added the entire 12 cups, including the 4 from the day before. So, day 2, you'll be adding 8 more cups of HOT water.

7. Heat thoroughly and let cool

8. Stick blend once more before you pour into container. I used old distilled water jugs. It will make about a gallon and a half of laundry soap. Shake before using.


**Essential oils work best for adding scent. You can use up to 3 ml. per load.




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