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Many herbs, clays, oils, and additives can be added to soaps and other products such as, lotions, creams to make them useful in making products that are good for dry or oily skin, rashes, pain relief etc. Below you will find some of these additives and what their properties are known for.

Aloe Vera-

This is a gel from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant. It possess skin soothing qualities. Wonderful to keep in the kitchen for burns.

Arrowroot Powder-

Powder from the roots of the Arrowroot Plant. This is excellent for drying & soothing. Wonderful natural additive for powders.

Baking Soda-

A white, crystalline powder (Sodium Bicarbonate). This serves to sooth and deodorize the skin. It is also a water softener, effervescent and stimulating. It draws oils and impurities from the skin.


A natural thickener, which is obtained from the honeycomb of the bee hive. Thickens and softens lotions, creams and balms. Has some moisturinzing properties.


Also known as desert salt (Sodium Tetraborate). This is mainly found in California. It is a natural preservative, deoderizer and mild antiseptic. It has water softening properties, and is soothing and refreshing. Good for hot, tired feet, as well as, itchy skin.

Castor Oil-

This is from the castor bean. It is know as a humectant (attracts & retains moisture). Great as an emollient & thickener. Wonderful for adding "bubbles" or extra latering effects to soaps.


Clays are added to many products because they are absorbant and wonderful to use in ane preparations, powders and make-up. They are also used as a thickener. There are many different clays and uses. (See "CLAYS" page for further information).

Cocoa Butter-

Made from the cocoa bean. This is a by-product during the chocolate making process. It is know for its moisturizing properties and makes a protective layer on the skin which holds moisture. It is a great skin softener. You will notice a slight scent of chocolate.


Color can come from different sources. Nature can provide natural colorants such as: Sage-green, Beet root-red, Chamomile flowers-yellow, Clove-brown, Madder root-purple. Color can also be acheived from synthetic chemicals, such as: FD&C Blue, FD&C Yellow, etc.


This is derived from corn kernels which have been dried. It absorbs water and is soothing to the skin. This is used alot in baby powders. Care must be used for people who are allergic to corn or corn products.

Epsom Salts-

Can be used in soaks for releif of pain from sprains/strains. The name is from the city of Epsom, England. Use caution if you are diabetic or have high blood pressure when using this additive. Using this additive daily can cause driness to the skin.

Essential Oils-

These oils are derived from distilling parts of plants; stems, roots, berries, leaves, rinds etc. These oils are what makes the plant smell like they do. Essential oils have been used for centuries in folk medicine and aromatherapy for their healing qualities. There are many Essential Oils containing many different properties. (See "ESSENTIAL OILS" page).

Glycerin (Vegetable)-

Derived from vegetable fats. During the commercial soap making process the glycerin is removed. Glycerin is a humectant and emollient. Both excellent qualities for your soap.

Grapefruit Seed Extract-

Natural product derived from the grapefruit pulp & seeds. Highly effective as a broad-spectrum bactericide, fungicide. It also has anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties. Manking it a wonderful additive for many products.


Various aromatic palnts are used for medicinal or seasoning purposes. Herbs such as Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender all posses super qualities for soaps, creams, lotions, teas etc. (See "HERBS" page).

Milk (Cow & Goat)-

Whether from a cow (buttermilk) or goat (Goats Milk), these are superior additives for producing a creamy, gentle product. Wonderful in creams, lotions and soap. Very emollient.

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)-

A nutritional supplement which is a form of organic sulfur. (Not a sulfur product). It is used in creams, lotions for its pain-relieving properties. Also used to desensitize allergies.


These are food grade rolled oats, yep the ones you eat. These are excellent in soaps, bath gels as a exfollient and skin softener.

Rose Hip Oil-

Adding a touch of Rose Hip Oil to the base oil helps the regeneration of skin, soften scar tissue, heal minor burns and reduce fine lines.

Sea Salt-

This is derived from the evaporation of water from sea water. Excellent as an exfollient and skin softner and for flushing impurities from the skin.

Shea Butter-

This butter is obtained from the Karite tree in Africa. It is highly emollient and is excellent in treating dry skin, wrinkles, skin discoloration, blemishes and scars.

Sesame Oil-

This is a stronger smelling oil but is wonderful for all skin types. It has natural UV ray blocking properties. Used as a soothing oil for arthritis when warmed slightly and used as a massage oil.

Vitamin E-

Adding Vitamin E helps to extend the life of your oils. Make sure to use only 100% alpha tocopherol oil. Any other is synthetic.

Wheat Germ-

Wheat Germ is high in Vitamin E and is good for dry or problem skin. It can be used on all skin types.

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