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Rice Bran Handmade Soap

The past couple of years has been really good to olive oil. But the future may belong to rice bran oil. I had read so much of the benefits of this oil (and the rice bran powder) from many Japanese skincare company catalogs. They actually inspired me to make my own version of the rice bran soap. I searched all over town trying to locate the oil, including Whole Foods. They had almost every oil, but not rice bran. I also tried our local Japanese market, but they were very expensive for such a small bottle. But they did have a good selection of rice bran powder. I almost gave up, but finally came across a bigger Japanese market with a more reasonable price. About $12 for 64 fluid oz. ricebran1a4

Soap Ingredients: Rice Bran oil, Palm oil, Coconut oil, Soybean oil, Castor oil, Distilled water, Sodium hydroxide, Rice Bran Powder. So I finally got to make my first rice bran oil bar. It has become my favorite bar. I scented it with lychee and mandarin, very light fruity scent. I use it as a facial bar and it’s very moisturizing. The best part is using it as a shaving bar. It really leaves my legs super super soft. I even forgot to use moisturizer (or felt I didn’t need to use it anymore). In Japan, Rice Bran Oil is used to enhance your skin and hair. It is also used all over the world in a variety of cosmetics, especially for treating dry, mature skin. Rice bran oil can be used to make massage oil, bath oil, body butters, and especially soaps. Possibly anywhere in cosmetics making. It is full of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E. Vitamin E is also used in soapmaking as a natural preservative. Oils by Nature supplies, a specialty natural oils company that supply to soapmakers and gourmet food industries had an interesting list of the benefits of Rice Bran Oil. Some of which I will list here:

  • Provides moderate penetration with little greasiness
  • Promotes of collagen formation
  • Treats dry, mature skin
  • Provides smooth spreadability

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Handmade Tamarind & Aloe Vera Soap

Another new addition to my handmade soap collection is the tamarind & aloe vera bar. Besides it’s popularity in the (Asian) kitchen, tamarind fruit extract has also been shown to be very helpful in lightening those freckles on your face. So that is why I decided to make my first handmade facial soap with tamarind. I also added fresh aloe vera gel too. The aloe vera is soothing and moisturizing to the skin. And finally I finished it off with a little bit of food grade coconut milk powder too. Milk powder provides skin softening benefits.

The tamarind I used is in powder form, while the aloe vera is fresh aloe gel. I added all the powders and gel at trace, which is during the end of my mixing. This way it can still retain it’s useful skin benefits. And instead of water, I subsituted it with licorice tea.

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Skincare: Part II

In the past couple of years I have become much more interested in taking good care of my skin. Especially the skin on my face. I have been blessed with good skin and want to keep it that way. As I am now settling into a new decade, I have found these little freckles on my face becoming more apparent. I have spent my early 20’s hanging out at the beach without much care for my face or skin. But I am lucky, my face isn’t showing much sign of distress or wrinkles (yet). Possibly since I don’t smoke, drink (unless it’s a celebration), and try to eat right and exercise too.

I have read tons of books on skincare and am learning more about the special ingredients used to help fight these blemishes. Milady’s publishes a good book with the list of ingredients and all their benefits/concerns. Some of these natural ingredients that help fight freckles include, mulberry extract, licorice root extract, tamarind fruit extract, aloe vera gel, and rice bran oil. And of course you can also put yogurt or rub a slice of lemon on your face. The lactic acid from the yogurt with gently help fade the freckles. And the citric acid from the lemon will do the same. Many fruits also contain natural AHA’s ( alpha hydroxy) to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging. The fruits include grapes, apples, and watermelon.

Mulberry fruit photo from Ladd Arboretum & Ecology Center. “ It is named for the color of its buds, rather than the color of its fruit.” That answers my question as I notice the berries start off white/greenish and then ripen to red, and finally deep purple. Mulberries are one of my favorite trees.

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