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Handmade 101
Shower Gel (from a base) - Simple Steps for Beginners
Author: Debbie May
Friday, July 11, 2014

Are you new to soapmaking? This helpful guide will show you 'How To Make' Shower Gel using simple steps for beginners. 

1. Preparation

Create a work space that is clean of filth and of a size that prevents contamination from outside sources.  Select an area that is not accessible to children and pets. We recommend wearing protective clothing such as an apron, goggles, gloves and a hair net.

2. Prepare The Base

Using a pre-made shower gel base designed for handmade shower gel or bath wash, measure 16 oz in a clean glass pyrex cup. Note: 16 oz of base will make approximately (2) 8 oz bottles, (4) 4 oz bottles or (8) 2 oz bottles of shower gel.

3. Incorporate Additives

Fragrance - You can incorporate 1 to 2 teaspoons of fragrance oil per 16 oz of liquid wash. Stir well.  Notice that the more fragrance you add the more likely it is that your base will thin from the fragrance oil. If you want to add essential oils you can add 1 to 2 ml of essential oil per 16 oz of shower gel. You will need a plastic dropper to measure small amounts such as ml's. Stir well.

Color - After you have scented your shower gel it is time to add the cosmetic liquid dye for color. You can add as much cosmetic color to your base as desired. Stir well. Note: Do not add so much color that the skin is stained.  The bubbles should always remain white. If they are colored then too much color has been used.

4. Packaging

Pour your shower gel into bottles and close with a disc top or cap. If your shower gel is cloudy from the fragrance or too thick to pour into bottles, slowly heat to 130º and stir before pouring into the bottles. Heating much higher than this risks degrading the preservative system and may allow your shower gel to grow mold, bacteria or  yeast.

5. Labeling

If selling your shower gel you will need to label it with the product name, your company name, contact information, ingredients, directions for use, and product weight.

6. Caution Statement

This product is intended to be crafted by those 15 years or older. You are expected to take full responsibility for your own personal protection and safety including but not limited to the use of protective clothing such as an apron, goggles, gloves and a hair net.

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