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« on: July 12, 2004 04:59:33 PM »

I was thinking about trying some melt and pour soap making at some point, but I have a question.

I have skin that dries out easily so I tend to use moisturizing soaps (like dove).  I'm assuming that just plain melt and pour soap would dry out my skin, what type of things could I add to this to combat it?

Would evaporated milk be good (would that go bad after awhile?)?

Thanks for any help!
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2004 11:44:57 PM »

What I think you're really wanting is a soap that doesn't dry you out, something gentle.  Soap doesn't actually moisturize your skin (and if it does, it's not doing a good job of cleansing).  You need to exfoliate so that your moisturizer can sink in, use a good lotion to add moisture and prevent trans-epidermal water loss, and drink lots of water.  And, use a cleanser that won't strip or dry out your skin.  I think you'll find that melt & pour or handmade (CP/HP) soap is much gentler on skin than commercial soaps like Dove.  But not all M&P bases are created equal.  You may need to shop around until you find one you like.
Another consideration, especially if you have long hair - your shampoo washes over your skin when you rinse (at least, it does for most people).  Because of this, the shampoo you use can actually affect your skin.  Using a shampoo with a gentle cleanser can often make a difference in your skin too. 
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2004 07:27:06 PM »

rainclouds is absolutely right to point out that not all M&P bases are the same, and some are quite drying.  one way to boost the moisturizing factor in any soap you're making is to add a little aloe vera while the soap is still liquid.  makes an incredible difference, especially if you're using a cheap base like the kind I've found at Michael's and Joann's.  I haven't tried evaporated milk, but powdered milk works.  just be sure to mix it with a little soap base to make a paste before you add it to the whole batch -- otherwise you end up with chunks of powder floating through = not so pretty.
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2004 02:31:41 PM »

Thank you both.  That information helped a lot.  I'm much less worried about trying it out now.
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