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jackie

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carolyn - I just found this site and am so excited to be here. I turned to aromatherapy when I was without health insurance about six years ago and I have been making soap for about five years. We use it in our home and I sell using word of mouth. I am about to jump into making lotions (I've purchased a lotion base and added EOs to it up until now), with a particular interest in the skin needs of my family. As far as soaping, the debate is still out about how essential oils are affected by the soap making process. They are probably less affected when used with melt and pour soap or added to soap that is made through what is called a hot process method because much of the reaction of the oils and lye used in the soap has already taken place when the EDs are added. I use what is called a cold process method in making my soap, which may leave the EOs altered by the soap making process. May be clear as mud, if anyone wants a clearer explanation, I'll give it my best shot... I tend to be a purist and use EOs with the exception of a few scents that friends have requested and the only one I use that I like is a very specific chocolate fragrance oil (which is still very expensive). It's my preference to use EO in my soap. I do not claim that any of them have any specific properties, buT I'll share what several people have told me - I have several African American friends who say the patchouli soap helps with their dry skin - I have a elementary aged child of my own who loves it and his eczema seems to have settled down some. I have had several women tell me that the tea tree soap seems to help with yeast infections. Other people tell me they just like the idea that the soap is made with natural oils... So - personal opinion here - I like to think that some of the aromatherapy value of the oils survives the process. I am often able to match popular scents (it may take awhile) and the bottom line is that I just am so sold on aromatherapy as a whole, it seems to make sense to keep what I have personally found to be a good thing. I also think that when we start to add synthetics to the products that you start asking for problems, especially in the area of skin care (not to say that all natural things are good, for that matter). Having a family with eczema and other skin conditions, I try to stay as much as I can with natural things. We use laundry soap rather than dtergent, we use handcrafted soap in the tub and shower (and seen a dramatic improvement with the eczema, ect.) and now will venture into trying to make a lotion that will include natural oils that will heal and provide the specific type of moisture that my family needs. We have to stay away from surfactants (synthetic detergents) and fragrance oils because it will result in a rash on someone in the family it seems. We just seem to have much better luck with the EOs and I can honestly say that I have not seen a skin reaction to anything I haver personally used on myfamily, which I cannot say about products that we have purchased from the drug store...

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Jackie - what kind of soap are you making? I've been soaping for about five years and would be happy to tell you about my experience.

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Hey again Jackie - I know you've posted this for all to respond but I thought I'd send you a couple of wonderful blends we discovered this New Years Eve whilst making lotions with friends. You'll have to rearrange to take into account you're making soaps though since some of these eo's won't stand up well in a soap base. We had patchouli, linden blossom and sweet orange - absolutely gorgeous but the linden is waaay to expensive for a soap and rather delicate - so you might like to change that to something floral - try geranium or jasmine if you have the money to spend. The Roman chamomile, sweet marjoram and sweet orange was delicious - very fruity - and still might work in a soap but use quickly. All calming, soothing and warming oils. Lemongrass and spearmint are great together - very uplifting. Cinnamon and orange - or clove and lime - both quite potent blends - use more orange and lime than the others. Let me know how you go on. Hope this helps start the ball rolling. Best Cx

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