Urtica dioica or Urtica urens, I'm sure most of you knows the benefits of nettle for our body. So, it was obvious to try it into a soap. That one will be used for face, a special soap for oily and acne skins
Saponified oils: Olive, Coco, Castor oil, Shea butter, Nettle/Sesame macerate (20%)
Superfats: Jojoba oil (7%)
At trace: Kaolin (6%), Liquid extract of nettle (1%)
Colour: Natural white + Kaolin, spinach powder, green clay and centella asiatica powder for the shading of green
I used the macerate of nettle that I made few months ago. On my previous pictures, you can see how green the macerate is, I soaked plenty of nettle in the oil during 2 months to obtain this deep green. I replaced the dry nettle after 1 month.
For the swirl, I used a very light trace to make a one pot swirl. Even with the alcohol in the Nettle liquid extract, I could do my swirl as I wanted, light and thin. But I had to do it very fast. I poured the pastry into the mold about 20 seconds after I added the liquid extract, otherwise I would have had a thick pastry and my swirl would have been completely different. It's much better to do this kind of swirl without additive which accelerate the trace.
The soap is as it should have been, soft and very creamy. I real pleasure to wash your face with, even for a daily use. The lather is creamier than frothing.
Nettle contain many good active ingredients such as flavonoids, histamine, acetylcholine (nettle is the only plant to have this enzyme which is good for hair), choline, and serotonin are also present. In addition, oleanol acid, sterols and steryl glycoside.
The leaves contain about 4.8 mg chlorophyll per gram of dry leaves and is rich in protein, 40%!
Nettle is also rich in mineral nutrients, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, sodium, potassium, and selenium.
In other words, Nettle is essential for a healthy body. The active ingredients of nettle are the result of lot of properties:
- Growing hair
- For anaemia
- Acne, eczema and other skin issues
- Hay fever
So, let's see with the time how nettle soap is gonna help acne and oily skin, I'm sure it will. I will let you know for sure. Some of my friends is trying it for the moment, I'm waiting for feedback