To make glutathione herbal soap, you will need to invest for buying the raw materials and utensils, particularly a pail, spatula, hand mixer, scraper, small containers, and a 335mm (L) by 424mm(W) by 100mm(H) mold. You will need this mold to shape a long bar that could be cut up into 60 individual bars of soap. (If you can’t find a mold of this size, you can improvise by making your own mold.)
Here are The Materials You Need To Get Started:
60 ml titanium dioxide
60 ml sodium silicate
3 ml anti-bacterial liquid
3 ml preservative (phenoxy ethanol)
60 ml moisturizer (castor oil)
60 ml cocodiethanolamide (CDEA)
60 ml kamias extract (Averrhoa bilimbi)
3.2 L lye solution (caustic soda)
60 ml evaporated milk
6 kg coconut oil (cooking oil)
12 pcs glutathione capsules
100 ml fragrance
60 ml apple extract
4 L distilled water
Since titanium dioxide and caustic soda are sold in powder form, you need to dissolve them in water to come up with the required solution. Specifically, you need to dissolve 60 grams of titanium dioxide in 1 5L- of water, and 1 kilo of caustic soda in 2 5L of water. Although you can also use tap water, it is advisable to use distilled water to prevent contamination. You can produce the kamias extract by fermenting 1 kilo of the balimbi fruit (known locally as kamias) in a jar with 2 tablespoons of salt. After 24 hours, get the extract, strain it and transfer it to another container. You can now use the extract.
To produce the apple extract, cut up one apple and use a blender to crush it. Strain the extract using a piece of cheesecloth to remove impurities. Once you have measured the ingredients, put them in individual containers and label them properly. Since it is the base material for the soap, you may pour the coconut oil into the pail directly.
Remove the glutathione powder from the capsules, then mix it with the coconut oil until the powder is fully dissolved. Pour the following ingredients into the mix in the following order: sodium silicate, CDEA, moisturizer, kamias extract, apple extract, milk, titanium dioxide, preservative, the antibacterial liquid and the fragrance. If the ingredients are not added in this order, the texture of the soap will be rough. Mix the ingredients well with a hand mixer.
Gradually pour the lye solution into the mixture, mixing continuously in one direction. Changing the direction when mixing will create swirls or a cloudy effect on the soap. After adding the lye solution, you will notice a change in the color and consistency of the mixture. Continue mixing until the consistency becomes like that of condensed milk, the mixture gets finer as you continue to mix. Make sure to mix the mixture well enough, otherwise, the soap will feel rough and itchy on the skin. Now pour the mixture into the mold. Before using the mold, make sure that its hollow part is covered with a plastic sheet so the soap will not suck to the mold and can easily be removed from it.
Using a scraper, level and smoothen the top portion of the soap. Once it becomes smooth, set it aside for five hours to cure. After some time, you will notice changes in the color of the soap. Heat will also be released by the soap. These are both signs that the soap is hardening. Even if the soap has already hardened after five hours, don’t remove it from the mold until the following day, when it has really cooled down. Once cool, cut the long bar into approximately 60 pieces. Smoothen the edges of the soap. Use the soap only after 24 hours.
Glutathione herbal soap remains in the best condition for use from 1 to 1 5 years. According to Aveno, herbal soaps that are eight months to a year old are very well cured and so are better to use. After about a year, because the extracts drip in the form of moisture, herbal soaps shrank by some 5 grams Chemical-based soaps, because they use preservatives, may remain hard and last longer.
To package the soap, wrap it in clear plastic and label it properly. To attract more people to buy the soap, state in the label its key ingredients. The price of a 130g bar of glutathione herbal soap in the market ranges from P100 to P200. While you may use this price range to sell individual bars, you may opt to lower the price for wholesale buyers.
Since the most important ingredients in this soap is glutathione, be careful of buying the right kind because just last month there were news about the selling of glutathione capsule containing very little amount of the said ingredients or fall short of the exact amount specified on their packaging and labels. It also doesn’t mean that if the glutathione capsules sold in the market is expensive that it is already genuine. There are some brands that cost so much but when it was analyzed in the laboratory, the glutathione content lacks the specified amount on their packaging.
Where to get the supplies:
ESF Cake and Bread House
2/F Emer Bldg., 13 Rizal Avenue Extension, Kalookan City
Landline: (02) 948-6112
Source: entrepreneur magazine