BUG-AWAY-CAMPING-SOAP

MAKING BUG-AWAY CAMPING SOAP

Beat the Buzz: Bug-Away Camping Soap for Outdoor Adventures

Mosquitoes, ticks, and flies – oh my! These unwelcome guests can turn a serene camping trip into an itchy nightmare. But fear not, nature lovers! Bug-away camping soap can be your secret weapon in the battle against pesky insects. This specially formulated soap goes beyond cleansing, offering an extra layer of protection to keep you comfortable and bite-free throughout your outdoor adventure.

More Than Just Sudsy Fun:

Unlike traditional soap, bug-away varieties are infused with essential oils known for their insect-repellent properties. Citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, and eucalyptus are common players, creating a natural barrier that discourages bugs from landing and feasting. While not a complete replacement for dedicated repellents, bug-away soap provides an additional layer of defense, especially in areas where chemical-laden sprays might be undesirable.

Benefits Beyond Bug Repellent:

But the benefits of bug-away soap extend beyond just keeping creepy crawlies at bay. Many are crafted with natural ingredients that are gentle on your skin, unlike some harsh chemical repellents. They can be biodegradable and eco-friendly, making them a responsible choice for outdoor enthusiasts who care about the environment. Plus, the essential oil blends often have pleasant aromas, adding a touch of aromatherapy to your camping experience.

So ditch the itchy discomfort and embrace the outdoors with confidence! Give bug-away camping soap a try and discover a natural solution to enjoying your next camping trip bite-free. Remember, it’s always best to check the label for specific ingredients and consult a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

In this article, we will see how to making Bug-Away Camping soap:

GENTLE
MOISTURIZING

START TO FINISH TIME:
1 to 2 hours,
24 hours insulation,
4 to 6 weeks to cure 

SCENT: CITRONELLA, PEPPERMINT, AND LEMONGRASS

Camping can be miserable if you’re busy fighting bug bites, so we take this all-natural insect-repelling soap when we go camping. No one cares if they smell like citronella while camping, but you don’t have to because I add other insect-repelling scents like peppermint and lemongrass. It makes the soap smell much better to us and is just as effective. This makes a great gift for those friends who love the outdoors.

SAFETY FIRST! Remember to wear your safety equipment and mix the lye water outside. Tell everyone you live with that where you’re working is off limits. Give yourself enough time to complete the recipe.

EQUIPMENT FOR MAKING BUG-AWAY CAMPING SOAP

  • Kitchen Scale
  • Glass Bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large spoon
  • Large stainless steel pot
  • Small zip-topplastic bag
  • Mold
  • Thermometer
  • Parchment Paper
  • Stick Blender (or hand mixer)
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Blanket

INGREDIENTS FOR MAKING BUG-AWAY CAMPING SOAP

  • 360gr (12 ounces) Tallow
  • 270gr (9 ounces) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 240gr (8 ounces) Coconut Oil
  • 150gr (5 ounces) Mango Butter
  • 130gr (4.3 ounces) Lye
  • 380gr (12.9 ounces) Water
  • 15gr (0.5 ounce) Citronella Essential Oil
  • 7,5gr (0.25 ounce) Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 7,5gr (0.25 ounce) Lemongrass Essential Oil

1. HEAT THE FATS/OILS:

In a large pot, combine the olive oil, coconut oil, and mango butter. Heat over medium-low heat until they are melted and incorporated. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to 100°F(38C°) to 110°F(45C°).

2. MIX THE LYE WATER:

Put on safety gear, including protective eyewear, a mask, gloves, and long sleeves. Outside, carefully add the lye crystals to the water and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool to 100°F(38C°) to 110°F(45C°). If the oils and lye water cool at different rates, you can use a cold- or hot-water bath in the sink.

3. PREPARE THE MOLD:

While the oils and lye water cool, line the mold with parchment paper.

4. COMBINE AND BRING TO TRACE:

When both the oils and lye water are 100°F(38C°) to 110°F(45C°), carefully pour the lye water into the pot of oils. Use a stick blender (or hand mixer) to mix for 1 to 2 minutes and then let the mixture rest for 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat mixing and resting until light trace.

5. MIX IN NATURAL ADDITIVES:

When the soap reaches light trace, add the citronella, peppermint and lemongrass essential oils, and blend for 30 seconds.

6. MOLD THE SOAP:

Pour the soap mixture into the mold, cover with a lid or parchment paper and insulate with a blanket for 24 hours.

7. CUT AND CURE:

Remove the soap from the mold. If it seems too soft to remove, wait another 12 to 24 hours before removing. Cut the soap into 12  bars. Allow the bars to cure in a well-ventilated location for 4 to 6 weeks.

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Kelly Cable

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