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Jojoba Oil Is Very Unique

September 24th, 2018 No comments

First of all – what the heck is a jojoba?

According to Wikipedia, it’s pronounced pronounced “ho-HO’-ba”, and is a shrub native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of Arizona, California, and Mexico. Ok, so that part is out of the way, but what is it that makes jojoba oil so unique?

The oil is actually a liquid wax found in the seeds. Chemically, it’s a very long straight-chain wax ester. If you’re not a chemical engineer, the only thing you need to know is that jojoba oil is more like human sebum and whale oil than to a vegetable oil. That makes it somewhat unique as it’s a plant substance that’s similar to a substance produced by mammals (namely – people).

Because of this, it’s a very popular ingredient in cosmetics. You can also include it in your next batch of natural handmade soap. Don’t worry about it being some kind of endangered plant. Large jojoba plantations have been started in semi-desert areas all over the world.

Jojoba is good for oily skin because of the way it mimics natural human sebum. Theoretically, when you use it, your skin ‘thinks’ it’s produced enough oil on it’s own, so it stops producing so much. It is a good moisturizer that lasts all day.

It’s pricier than most of the specialty oils you an add when making soap. Start off small and see how you like. For the purest type, look for the organic jojoba oils. You can find them online or at some health food stores.

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Make Your Own Lye From Wood Ashes

September 24th, 2018 No comments

This is a project that definitely is for the die hard do-it-yourself-ers who are determined to make their own natural handmade soap as naturally as possible!

I’ve never made my own lye but I do know a couple of gals in North Carolina who do. I live in a warm climate where I don’t do too much wood burning (like none), so I’d be hard pressed to actually have a source of ashes. It’s a bit of an art and lots of extra work, but if you think that’s the way you want to get your lye then nothing else will do. You will wind up with a nice mild soap and the satisfaction of connecting with our distant roots.

One of the stumbling blocks when you make your own lye is not being sure of the actual strength of it because there are so many variables. But if you’re determined, I found a good article that explains how to do it. I figured it would be better for you to read the directions from someone who actually has experience. I’m giving no guarantees that it’s going to work for you…

So having said that, here’s the article to make your own lye.

Our ancestors managed to do this – so you probably can, too. Have fun and good luck!

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