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This time round we made some Cinnamon and Honey soap using a Glycerine base. You can use opaque (white) Glycerine, the soap in the pictures was made using transparent (clear) Glycerine. If you’re using the opaque soap base you can still follow the instructions as they remain the same and the rest of the ingredients don’t change either.
Cinnamon has many beneficial properties when consumed. I used it in soap as it has odour neutralizing abilities, it’s fragrance helps stimulate and improve brain functionality and has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s also great for when you’re on holiday or to simply use during the summer as it’s a natural insect repellent. (You can find out more here)
Honey has countless benefits, some of which we’re discovered centuries ago. I cannot go into detail of the many reasons as to why you should always have a pot of honey in the kitchen and even bathroom as it needs a whole post just for itself but I’ll go over a few. Honey has strong but safe anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and also helps the skin to heal scars and wounds (all without harsh chemicals!). (Find out more here)
Argan Oil was added into the soap for its moisturising properties but also as it’s a natural anti-aging solution and helps with problem skin (good for eczema, acne and psoriasis).
Of course the effectiveness of all these natural benefits depends on how pure the ingredients you use are and how frequently you use them.
Ingredients & equipment
– 175 grams of Clear Glycerin (SLS, SLES & Paraben free glycerine can be bought here)
– 1 unheaped teaspoon of Organic Cinnamon powder (I had mum grind mine at home but you can buy it from most food shops)
– 1 teaspoon of Organic Honey (it’s best you don’t use sweetened honey, natural and unprocessed is always the best)
– 1/2 teaspoon of Organic Argan Oil
– silicone mold tray (the mold is really up to you and how you want your soaps shaped but bare in mind that the whole soap content will have to fit into it so as not to be wasteful)
– microwaveable jug
1. Prepare the mold tray by lining it with Vaseline. This just helps to pop the soap out without damaging it.
2. Cut the glycerine into small pieces roughly of the same size.
3. Microwave the cut up soap for roughly 1-2 minutes, making sure to take the Glycerine out in 30 second intervals to stir and ensure it is being melted evenly.
4. Once the Glycerine is melted put ½ a teaspoon of Organic Argan Oil into the melted soap and mix gently.
5. Then carefully mix in a teaspoon of Organic Cinnamon powder. Try not to mix roughly as that will lead to bubbles in the soap. Some clumps of powder in the soap will give it a nice rustic look but be careful not to have too many. Then mix in a teaspoon of Organic Honey.
6. Now pour the mix into the prepared mold tray and leave to set in a cool dry place. My soap took me less than an hour to set but they could take up to 2 hours (don’t worry if it takes slightly longer, especially if it’s a warm day).