Almost every person, whether man or woman; has struggled with skin care issues on occasion. It can be a battle to find products that are good for your skin. Skin type, complexion, and underlying health issues must all be factored in when deciding how to care for the largest organ on the human body; our skin. Often-times hundreds of dollars are spent trying to correct issues that are never fully resolved. The solution may very well lie in a holistic alternative to the average beauty product. Kratom beauty and skin care products have been reported to benefit skin tone, complexion, muscle aches, and overall well-being.
To begin with, I have been using Kratom beauty products for over a month and I have noticed a considerable difference in my skin. The Kratom soap I purchased from Kratom Fairy Bath & Body cleared up patches of itchy, dry skin. I also noticed a difference in the muscle aches I experience because of my chronic fatigue syndrome. My skin tone has evened out a bit as well, and the only change I made was switching my soap. Angie Metzener, owner of Angie’s Astrology on Facebook had great things to say about her Kratom soap as well, “I’ve been using it on my face. It seems to be helping the dry patches and clearing any breakouts I’ve been getting.”
The more I asked around, the more I saw that others had similar experiences. I realized that people have been turning to these Kratom beauty products for solutions to their skin care issues that even skin care professionals have been unable to correct. Julie Bass purchased her Kratom soap from PA Botanicals and told me, “Kratom soap makes my skin so soft and my blemishes are clearing up.”
These findings led me to delve deeper into how these products are made and why they are helping so many people. Taleda Giallanza from Bliss Body and Bath was kind enough to explain her crafting process with me, “What’s the big difference between store-bought soap and handmade soap? The main difference is store-bought has a plethora of preservatives and chemicals added to it with little or no skin benefits. In fact, most store-bought soap causes or begins skin problems; drying out skin, causing rashes, itching, red patches, eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, the list goes on. Handmade soap is carefully calculated using whole butters, rich oils, distilled water or other water sources (fruits, vegetables, etc.) with zero chemicals or preservatives included.”
Personally, I have to agree with her. I am not a skin care professional, so I can only go by my own experience, and the experiences of others. I have a soap allergy, and am very limited on the products I can safely use on my skin. Kratom beauty products have not irritated my skin whatsoever. I have only seen benefits. Kim, a customer from Bliss Body and Bath says, “This Kratom soap is all I hoped it would be; it smells awesome, leaves my skin soft, and it works. No more achy muscles!”
Kratom soap is not the only Kratom beauty product available. Kratom is also used to make body cream, body oil, rash paste, bath bombs, salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, incense, and much more. I searched the internet for homemade soap recipes, and there are so many. You can make soap one of two ways, hot process or cold process. The cold process is easier, but takes 4-6 weeks to complete. Here is a recipe from diynatural.com. Just add ¼ cup of dried Kratom powder to the recipe:
Hand & Body Soap Recipe (Cold Process)
- ⅔ cup coconut oil – to produce good lather
- ⅔ cup olive oil – which makes a hard and mild bar
- ⅔ cup other liquid oil – like almond oil, grapeseed, sunflower of safflower oil
- ¼ cup lye – also called 100% sodium hydroxide
- ¾ cup cool water – use distilled or purified
- Cover your work area with newspaper. Put your gloves and other protective wear on. Measure your water into the quart canning jar. Have a spoon ready. Measure your lye, making sure you have exactly ¼ cup. Slowly pour the lye into the water, stirring as you go. Stand back while you stir to avoid the fumes. When the water starts to clear, you can allow it to sit while you move to the next step.
- In the pint jar, add your three oils together. They should just make a pint. Heat in a microwave for about a minute, or place the jar of oils in a pan of water to heat. Check the temperature of your oils – it should be about 120° or so. Your lye should have come down by then to about 120°. Wait for both to cool somewhere between 95° and 105°. This is critical for soap making. Too low and it’ll come together quickly, but be coarse and crumbly.
- When both the lye and oils are at the right temperature, pour the oils into a mixing bowl. Slowly add the lye, stirring until it’s all mixed. Stir by hand for a full 5 minutes. It’s very important to get as much of the lye in contact with as much of the soap as possible. After about 5 minutes, you can keep stirring or you can use an immersion blender (like this). The soap mixture will lighten in color and become thick. When it looks like vanilla pudding it’s at “trace” and you’re good to go. (Watch this video to see what trace looks like.)
- Add your herbs, essential oils or other additions at this point. Stir thoroughly to combine. Pour the mixture into mold(s) and cover with plastic wrap. Set in an old towel and wrap it up. This will keep the residual heat in and start the saponification process. Saponification is the process of the base ingredients becoming soap.
- After 24 hours, check your soap. If it’s still warm or soft, allow it to sit another 12-24 hours. When it’s cold and firm, turn it out onto a piece of parchment paper or baking rack. If using a loaf pan as your mold, cut into bars at this point. Allow soap to cure for 4 weeks or so. Be sure to turn it over once a week to expose all the sides to air (which is not necessary if using a baking rack). For a DIY soap drying rack, I took an old potato chip rack and slid cardboard fabric bolts (from a fabric store) through the rungs.
- When your soap is fully cured, wrap it in wax paper or keep it in an airtight container. Handmade soap creates its own glycerin, which is a humectant, pulling moisture from the air. It should be wrapped to keep it from attracting dust and debris with the moisture.
When you’re done making soap, always clean your equipment that has been exposed to lye. You can neutralize the lye with white vinegar, then wash the equipment well as you normally would. For the rest of it, let it sit for several days. Why? Because when you first make soap, it’s all fat and lye. You’ll be washing forever and you could burn your hands on the residual lye. If you wait, it becomes soap and all it takes to clean it is a soak in hot water.
Not interested in making your own soap? Where do you buy Kratom soap? There are several amazing vendors available who would be more than happy to help you. Of course Bliss Body and Bath on Facebook, Simply Soap by Shandi on Facebook, or Kratom Fairy Bath & Body on Facebook. You can also purchase from pabotanicals.com, transcendencerising.com, homegrownsoapslotionsandpotions.com. All of the owners of those pages and websites were extremely helpful to me in writing this article. Give Kratom beauty products a try and you will not be disappointed.