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Did you know that most commercially-made baby skincare products are laced with harsh chemicals that could damage your baby's tender skin? We tell you how to make soap for your child at home
Radhika browsed the shelves at the supermarket, looking for suitable soaps and shampoos for her little daughter. She was shocked as she read the labels of several popular products. She couldn't believe the amount of harmful chemicals that were actually being transferred on to the tender skin of her little one! That very minute, she made up her mind to immediately switch to skincare products that used only natural and organic ingredients. And why not even try making them at home? She was sure it would be well worth her time and effort!
Mothers are finicky when it comes to their child's well-being. Nowadays, it's not uncommon for parents to make DYI soaps and shampoos at home owing to the growing awareness of the dangerous chemicals that are added to most commercially-made skincare products. If you too strongly feel about the need to switch to safer, natural products for your child, you have come to the right place. We give you DIY soap recipe to try at home.
Although many baby skincare products are marked as safe and gentle, it is important to check whether the ingredients used are free from chemicals and irritants that could harm your child. It is commonly advised that the soaps and shampoos that you use for your baby contain ingredients that are natural and organic.
Most commercially-made soaps, however, are made with chemical hardeners and synthetic lathering agents, coloring agents, artificial perfumes and fragrances. They also contain parabens, which are chemical preservatives that can, in the long run, be harmful to the delicate skin of a baby. Synthetic perfumes are known to cause skin allergies and can even aggravate skin conditions like acne or eczema. Artificial coloring agents might cause the eyes to burn. Chemicals like formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, some of the most dangerous chemicals (even known to cause cancer), are unfortunately commonly found in several baby care products.
Contrary to popular belief, making your own bath products is, in fact, simple, convenient and easy-to-prepare, too. And, more importantly, you can be sure of the safety of the ingredients used. Natural ingredients are known to nourish the skin and maintain it's natural pH levels. Therefore, it is less likely that your child will have allergic reactions to these products. The process is rather inexpensive.
Popular ingredients in home made soaps and shampoos:
1 cup of liquid castile soap (unscented)
1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil
10-15 drops of essential oil
Add water in a jar or soap dispenser
Pour in the liquid castile soap and mix well
Then add the carrier oil followed by the essential oil
Add the glycerin (optional)
Your liquid soap or shampoo is ready. Shake well before use
Do you like your soap and shampoo to make a rich lather as you bathe? Can you expect the same with natural ingredients?
Making the move from regular soaps to those that are entirely natural and non-toxic requires a shift in expectations, too. For instance, natural soaps and shampoos tend to foam less. But lack of foam does not necessarily mean that the soap cleanses less effectively. In fact, this occurs only because the product is free from chemicals.
Also, if you are used to taking a bath with a bar of soap, liquid soap might not appeal to you initially. Herbal liquid soap also need a good shake before use. But do you know that to solidify the ingredients used in a soap, your store-bought soaps have used synthetic emulsifiers? So, what would you prefer? Bottled liquid soap made with natural ingredients or soaps that use synthetic emulsifiers?
Mahalakshmi Socrates, mother and founder of Amaara Handmade Natural Skincare, says that she was inspired by her grandmother who is an expert at putting together simple ingredients from the kitchen for regular skincare. She, too, prefers to use natural ingredients in skincare products rather than those laden with chemicals. "I simply re-invented recipes using natural ingredients like nourishing herbs, oils and grains to use for myself and my children," she says. "The natural ingredients in my soaps helped get rid of my daughter's dry skin and uneven skin tone that was caused by mosquito bites. I encourage others to try these products as well and guarantee that they won't regret the change," she explains.
So, go ahead and make use of some of these natural organic ingredients for your baby's bath. After all, there's nothing as precious as your baby and her well-being!