Natural herbal soap recipe: Homemade soap for hands and face | Autumn pumpkin & mustard oil

This is a great soap for those who:

– prefer a herbal scrubs & soaps in the fall.
– need a quick moisturizer for rushed mornings
– prefer an earthy herbal scent.

 

Prep Time: 30 min
Freezing Time: 20 min
Total Time: 50 min 

As dry cooler weather arrives, skin may need moisture and hydration. This recipe will make the transition between hot summer climate to cooler autumn weather easier.

It is best to use nourishing soaps and scrubs after a bath or shower  to help replenish the skin with necessary oils and nutrients.  As the air becomes drier, skin needs an antiseptic and rich moisturizer. Start hydrating your hand now to ensure soft and protected hands all winter long.

Oil and herbal based soaps are perfect for autumn and winter because they nourish and hydrate the skin all at once even when you forget your hand cream. 

Clary sage scent gives a distinctive and earthy floral scent that goes well with pumpkin and mustard oils.

An herbal-rich facial soap is a great way to nourish all skin types in the fall when more moisture and antioxidants are needed. 

Ingredients : 

Base : 250g Melt & pour soap

Scrub : 5g Mint (mentha spicata), 5g thym (thymus), 7g tumeric (curcuma longa), 10g herbal clay, 7ml apple cider vinegar

Oils : 7ml pumpkin oil (Cucurbita pepo); 5ml black cumin oil (nigella sativa); 6ml mustard oil (brassica juncea)

Scent : 8 drops Clary sage (salvia sclarea) essential oil

Directions : 

1- Cut the melt and pour soap bars into cubes 

2- Heat your pan over low-to-medium heat and let it sit for a few minutes. Add a drop of water and soap cubes to your pan. Mix until the soaps are melted. (add water if necessary).

3- With a mortar and pestle mix:  mint, thym, curcuma and herbal clay and add them to the mixture.

4- When soap is melted add pumpkin oil, black cumin oil, mustard oil, apple cider vinegar and few drops of clary sage essential oil.

5- Place into a freezer and let freeze for 20 min or until the soaps are solid enough. 

6- Can be stored in a cloth bag in the fridge or a drawer before use. 

Amino acids are the building blocks of both peptides and proteins and play a vital role in maintaining the health as well as the appearance of the skin.

Although all the amino acids play a role in maintaining a healthy and soft skin, some of them have more specialized roles, which make them more interesting when used in skin care products :

Arginine (R) : Helps build collagen production and plays a role in repairing skin damage.

Histidine (H) : Has moisturizing effects and  act as skin and hair conditioner. 

Lysine (K): Gives a smooth and moist feel to the skin.

Methionine  (M): Act as a protective barrier

Some amino acids are present in small quatities in plants : 

name Latin name Arginine (R) Histidine (H) Lysine (K) Methionine (M)
Pumpkin Curcubita pepo 1446 592 1229 575
tumeric Curcuma longa 1603 631 1449 618
mint Mentha spicata 1591 604 1429 631
Black cumin Nigella sativa 1584 587 1267 598
Clary sage Salvia sclarea 1586 610 1420 639
mustard brassica juncea 1443 569 1251 570
Ginger Zingiber officinale 1603 629 1443 616

Table 1 : number of amino acids present in chloroplasts.

Curcuma longa added to the formula has really moisturizing effect since it is rich in histidine, an amino acid that is known for its antioxidant properties. 

Variationsinstead of curcuma you can use ginger (Zingiber officinale) with almost the same benefits as curcuma.  

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References & Further Reading 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/241713988_Essential_Oils_of_Salvia_sclarea_L_Produced_from_Plants_Grown_in_Southern_Uzbekistan 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3809930/ 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228837801_Development_of_novel_herbal_cosmetic_cream_with_Curcuma_longa_extract_loaded_transfersomes_for_antiwrinkle_effect 

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