Last winter my hands were very dry, and I was suffering so much from it (it’s like that every winter, but this was the worst yet). So my skin on my hands were cracked, it was aching very much. One of my friends, Helga (whom I wrote about in this post) makes natural products, like soaps, creams, deodorants and things like that. She gave me from her soaps sometimes, but I have to confess that I didn’t use them, because I preferred only liquid soap. So I just put these soaps away in the cupboard.
But this winter, when my hands were aching so much, I decided to give Helga’s soaps a try, in spite of the fact that I really don’t like soap bars. To my great surprise, after only one day, my hands weren’t aching so much! I was very happy about that, I called Helga to let her know that her soap is fantastic. She said that she had told me and that she knew that 🙂
So I started to use her soaps, my hands needed about 2 or 3 weeks to recover completely. Of course they were a bit still drier than they are in the summer, but this was the first winter in my adult life that I didn’t need hand cream at all. Actually, I became so enthusiastic about natural products, that I put shea butter on my hands instead of hand creams. I was again surprised, because when I forgot to use shea butter for some days, my hands did not become dry nor cracked at all.
I was so enthusiastic that I wanted to make my own soaps… even if I was worried about using lye at home because of the children. Pure lye is said to be dangerous and very reactive with other materials, even with the moisture in the air. Despite my worries I decided to try it out. I remember when I made my first soaps, I feared lye so much, I was kind of expecting something serious to happen as I opened the bottle for the first time. I don’t know what exactly I expected, maybe the lye would leave the bottle like a geyser or something 🙂 Of course nothing serious happened, just the bottle heated up a little when I mixed it with water.
But let’s get back to the point 🙂 Soap making became a new hobby for me, I like to do it very much. So now my family generally uses only my homemade soap bars, and it is really good for our skin 🙂 So if you are thinking about starting to make your own soaps, I can only encourage you, that don’t be afraid, do it, it will be fun and your soaps will be the best for you and your family 🙂
Naturally, be very careful when using and storing lye, although I remember I read somewhere: ‘Lye is not something to fear (and avoid), but it should be indeed respected.’ And that’s true!