To keep skin moisturized for the winter I have adapted my usual recipe slightly.
Large Mixing bowl
spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol
digital kitchen scale
double boiler (makeshift with a pan of water on the stove works just fine)
containers for your final product
2 oz Stearic Acid
1 oz Avocado Oil
.5 oz Shea Butter
.5 oz Emulsifying Wax
8 oz Distilled Water, heated
1 oz Melt & Pour Shaving Soap, grated
10 ml Aloe Vera Extract (It can be used up to roughly 15% of the total weight if you want more.)
Fragrance, optional. I only used 6 drops for this entire batch, you don’t want to over scent something that will be used on someones face. (mine is Lavender and Cedar scented this time.)
Preservative of your choice, not optional
Use the Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect all of your equipment. It is important to take note that even though a measuring cup is part of the tools it will not be used for measuring anything, all measurements will be done by weight. A measuring cup is just easier to hold and pour with.
In a double boiler melt the Stearic Acid, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Emulsifying Wax.
Meanwhile, In a large mixing bowl add 8 oz of distilled water and microwave until steaming hot.
When the oils in the double boiler have completely melted whisk it slowly into the hot water, followed by the grated soap. Mix until creamy and smooth.
Using pippets add the Fragrance, Aloe Vera Extract and Preservative.
Spoon into container, leave without lid for a few hours to prevent condensation on the inside of the lid as it cools.