Aloe, oh aloe! I’d read about aloe. I’d watched some videos about using aloe. I figured I was ready to try it. My mom has had this HUGE aloe plant for I don’t know how many years and I’ve always said I was going to make some soap and use some of that aloe in it. I don’t know how many years I’ve been saying that, but I finally did it.
Took some aloe, sliced it up, and then pureed it. No matter how much I pureed I still had some small bits of the skin. No one had ever said anything about the skin and so I figured it would be ok. Well after I made the soap and cut it I was no longer sure that it would be okay. Those tiny flecks grew in the soap and I didn’t trust that. I had a feeling that they would be cause for concern. The last thing I wanted was moldy soap!
Thank goodness for FB Soap Groups. After posting my soap and the process I got a lot of feedback on how to make aloe soap and that this batch probably was probably going to be a lost.
I’ve been watching the soap as it cures and the green spots have slowly kind of morphed to a brown color. I’ll keep watching it and probably test out a bar using it and seeing how the water affects it over time.
Second batch I took my new found knowledge (advice) and didn’t use the leaf, but just scoped out the aloe and blended that with a little bit of water. This soap is void of the troubling green specs and I’m excited to try it.
Look at this yummy, messy process 😉
No green specs. No worries this batch. I’m excited to use this soap. Not sure if I’ll notice a difference between it and my normal soap, but I’ll know it’s got all the aloe-y goodness in it.
As a side note: You may laugh at me; it’s okay. I never knew that I could just cut the leaf/stem off the aloe and leave it be (the plant that is) and it would “heal” itself. I felt so bad looking at the oozing stem where I’d cut it, but I needed my aloe! Well a few days later I went back to look at the plant and it had closed itself right up! Haha. I know; I’m silly. I found that quite fascinating to see. And now I don’t fee so bad about cutting pieces from the aloe plant.