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Joan Morais Naturals Gift Certificates

Do you have a loved one in your life that is interested in making their own natural body, skin & hair care products? Give them a gift certificate to Joan Morais Naturals and they can pick out the course and/or ebooks that they are interested in!

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How to Make Soap | Cold Process Soap Making

How to Make Soap | Cold Process Soap Making

Learn how to make soap at home!  Soap making is an art. It is fun and rewarding to make soap and the result is a wonderful natural body care product. Soap can be used for personal use, to give as gifts, or to sell. Cold Process Soap is the traditional way that soap has been made for many years.

What is Soap?

Soap is made from three basic ingredients; oils (fats), lye and water. All soap is made with a caustic soda such as lye. In order for it to be soap, caustic soda must be used, if not, it is not soap. The caustic soda such as lye is not present after the soap has cured.

Cold Process Soap creates natural soap unlike most “melt and pour soaps” as they usually contain glycerin and other synthetic ingredients. These synthetic ingredients can often be harsh and drying on the skin. Cold Process soap is made by mixing oils with lye which creates a chemical reaction, called saponification, which creates soap.

Lye Safety

Many people shy aware from making soap due to concerns about handling lye (sodium hydroxide). Lye is very caustic and needs to be handled with care. It can be fatal if swallowed and will burn the skin on contact. Children and pets should never have access to lye. With this said, by taking simple safety precautions, one can work with lye safely and create amazing, natural, cold process soap.

Curing Soap

Once soap has been made and poured into molds, it will need time to cure, typically 4-6 weeks. Curing allows the extra moisture in the soap to evaporate which produces a harder and longer-lasting bar. Curing also helps to neutralize any residual lye.

Resources to Make Soap

Are you interested in making your own soap? At Joan Morais Naturals, we offer a Cold Process Soap Making Online Course.

In this online course, you will learn all about making natural, homemade soap, including how to color naturally, adding in herbs, clays, oatmeals, etc., and how to naturally scent the soap using essential oils and botanical extracts. Lye safety is discussed, as well as materials needed, how to cure your soap, and resources on where to purchase ingredients and materials.

The class includes a 37 minute video on the soap making process, which you can watch over and over again. You will also receive our ebook on How to Make Soap along with 2 bonus ebooks on How to Make Swirled Lavender Cold Process Soap and How to Make Pot Swirled Soap.

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Have you made soap before? We would love to hear about your soap making experiences in the comments!

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Natural Cosmetics at Joan Morais Naturals

natural cosmetics at Joan Morais Naturals

Natural Cosmetics at Joan Morais Naturals
In the cosmetic industry there is no formal definition and no standard of “natural” and “natural cosmetics”. I wrote a blog on defining natural cosmetics and my thoughts on further labeling of cosmetics here. The processing of natural ingredients makes it even more confusing on determining natural cosmetics. More cosmetic ingredients are being produced to meet the natural market demand; derived from plants, sustainable and biodegradable.

Joan Morais Naturals definition of “natural”: Natural cosmetics are made from raw materials sourced from nature, such as plants and minerals and from a renewable natural source. The raw materials go through the least amount of processing and the processing methods cause the least impact to humans, animals and the earth. Natural cosmetics assist to beautify and promote radiant body, skin and hair. Active nutrients known as nutraceuticals are supplements such as vitamins for the skin and are beneficial to the skin are sometimes used. No petroleum ingredients are used.

At Joan Morais Naturals we value sustainable, fair trade raw materials, biodegradable ingredients, nourishing and effective ingredients for the skin and hair, for babies, children, adults and pets and fair trade ingredients. The formulas contain no petrochemicals, no parabens, no formaldehyde, no formaldehyde donor preservatives, no DEA/TEA, no EDTA, no BHT, no silicones, no sodium lauryl sulfate, no sodium laureth sulfate, no ammonium lauryl sulfate, no PEG’s (polyethylene glycols) no PPG’s (polypropylene glycols), no phthalates, no synthetic colors and no synthetic fragrances.

Joan Morais Naturals rates #4 on this scale and some formulas #5 (many of the formulas can be made organic and be #5). To clarify cosmetics and the range from synthetic, natural and organic, I created a scale to demonstrate where Joan Morais Naturals is on the scale. Referring to synthetic as not occurring in nature, engineered and made by humans. I am fine with some synthetics with little processing, biodegradable, skin and hair safe. The scale is from 1-5 with 5 being the most organic products. Joan Morais Naturals rates #4 on this scale and some formulas #5 (many of the formulas can be made organic and be #5).

Rating Cosmetics on a Scale
A way to distinguish natural cosmetics (natural body, hair and skin care products) is on a sliding scale of 1-5 with 5 being the most natural and organic. I put together what a scale could look like sorting through natural and organic cosmetics.

Joan Morais Naturals rates #4 on this scale and some formulas #5.

  1. Mostly Synthetic Ingredients: Products containing mostly synthetic ingredients like most conventional cosmetics products.
  2. Few Natural Ingredients: Products containing few ingredients derived from nature including highly processed ingredients, chemically modified ingredients and synthetic ingredients.
  3. Mostly Natural Ingredients: Products containing ingredients derived mostly from nature including highly processed, minimally processed and chemically modified and minimal or no synthetic ingredients.
  4. Natural Ingredients: Products containing ingredients derived from nature, mostly biodegradable, sustainable, minimally processed with no suspected health risk and no animal testing. No petrochemicals, no parabens, no formaldehyde, no formaldehyde donor preservatives, no DEA/TEA, no EDTA, no BHT, no propylene glycol, no silicones, no sulfonated surfactants, no sodium laureth sulfate, no PEG’s (polyethylene glycols) no PPG’s (polypropylene glycols), no phthalates, no synthetic colors, no synthetic fragrances.
  5. Organic Ingredients: Contains 95% organic ingredients minimally processed and the remaining 5% ingredients do not contain ingredients listed on #4.

Some ingredients used in the formulas at Joan Morais Naturals
Here are a few ingredients that are used in the formulas contained in the eBooks and classes. More plant-based ingredients are used than listed.

Rosemary Antioxidant CO2, Vitamin E Oil

Botanicals, Gems
Herbs, Flowers, Gem Essences, Flower Essences

Cold Process Soap
Oils/Fats, Water, Sodium Hydroxide (lye)

Emulsifiers and Thickeners
Candelilla Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate

Barley, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rice

Plant Milks
Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Hemp Milk, Oat Milk, Soy Milk

Plant Oils
Fruit Oils, Nut Oils, Vegetable Oils

Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Leucidal Liquid, High Proof Alcohol

Essential Oils
Absolutes (jasmine, rose, etc)
Natural Food Flavor Oils

Polyglucose and plant-based surfactants

joan moraisJoan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.