First, an all natural soap will use natural ingredients. This means no synthetic products are used in the soap's creation. Usually, food is used as ingredients or add ons, as well as natural oils and natural extracts. Also, the food used is usually taken from organic food sources.
Second, an all natural soap will use homemade lye. There are recipes for how to make your own lye online. The only setback is that making your own lye will take a while, and this can put your all natural soap making on hold. However, some soap makers say that making your own lye is actually better for your soap because you are sure of how it was made. Plus, homemade lye is caustic potash, and not caustic soda, which is what was used by original soap makers, making soaps produced with it more natural.
Next, an all natural soap will use home rendered tallow. This involves buying tallow or lard from reputable meat sources or sources which raise their livestock in an organic or natural manner. Once you get the tallow or lard, you have to render it in your home. This involves melting it down. You can get the exact procedure for rendering tallow or lard online. What is important is that once the fat has been rendered, it must be a light (almost clear) color. This signifies good quality fat from organic sources. If it is not, you are likely to be using fat that has been taken from an animal not properly fed.
Fourth, an all natural soap will use natural scents for fragrances. This means that the scent of the soap will be whatever the combination of ingredients produce. Usually, this yields a mild natural scent. If you would like to focus on a specific scent or to give your soap a particular scent, be sure that you use the ingredients which will give you that scent. For example, you want your soap to have a strong citrus smell. Using lemon extract or lemon rind can help you achieve this smell naturally.
Finally, an all natural soap uses natural colorants. Natural soap colorants are taken from natural ingredients. There are many foods and plants that have strong colors which can be used as dyes or colorants for soap. For example, beets can be used to make a red color, the indigo plant can make a deep blue, and paprika can make your soap orange. When using these natural colorants, be sure to keep in mind if they have any beneficial properties for the skin as well. These can add some great properties to your soap.
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