Kratom use has many benefits for our health. And, though less common, it can be used in other ways than just internally. Kratom can be very beneficial in beauty products due to its exfoliating, antibacterial, and moisturizing properties.
One of its topical uses is kratom soap.
Commercial soaps are loaded with chemicals and leave residue behind. Our bodies absorb all that. Store-bought can irritate or dry the skin and clog the pores.
Kratom soap, on the other hand, is organic and can benefit your body in a myriad of ways. You can purchase it in kratom-specific online stores, but you can also make it at home.
You can use it to wash your face or hands, as well as in the shower or when taking a bath.
The Benefits of Kratom Soap
1. Exfoliates the Skin
Kratom powder adds texture to the soap which is excellent for removing dead skin cells in a natural way. Exfoliating on a regular basis can prevent dead skin cells from clogging the pores and causing acne and other skin conditions. Your complexion is also likely to be much brighter.
2. Antibacterial Effects
Because of the alkaloid composition, kratom has antibacterial properties. Together with its exfoliating properties, kratom soap can improve the condition of one’s skin.
3. Moisturizes the Skin
Kratom soap is also excellent for moisturizing the skin. This can be especially beneficial in drier or colder climates or during. You can also enjoy these benefits of kratom soap in the colder months of the year.
4. Improves the Condition of the Skin
Because of its properties, kratom soap can help with a variety of skin conditions such as acne, blemishes, and dryness.
5. Pain Relief
Pain-relieving kratom effects won’t be as strong as when, for example, drinking kratom tea. You also won’t be able to relieve pain by simply washing your hands. Yet, taking a bath with kratom soap can indeed provide mild pain relief and relaxation according to users.
It can be especially effective for muscle pain and tension.
6. Better for Your Body
As mentioned above, kratom soap is organic as opposed to commercial store-bought soaps. In the past, it was believed that our skin acts as a barrier between our bodies and the environment. However, we now know that it absorbs products that we put onto it.
Therefore, all the harmful substances that beauty products contain eventually end up in our bodies. While you may not notice the difference after a single use, they can build up in our bodies and damage our health over time by, for instance, disrupting our hormones.
Kratom soap that you purchase from equality vendor or make yourself, will contain natural and organic ingredients. As a result, you will not only prevent loads of chemicals from entering your body but also provide other beneficial kratom effects.
7. More Environmentally Friendly
Another perk of using Kratom soap is that it’s better for the environment. Commercial soaps and body washes come in plastic bottles. These take on average 450 years to decompose. Some bottles need even as long as 1000 years.
Bottle caps and lids are harder and, thus, need longer. As a result, we’re producing much waste by using commercial body products.
If you make kratom soap at home, you won’t have to use all that plastic. You can simply store it in a container or wrap it in some paper.
What Strains Can You Use to Make Kratom Soap?
The same principle applies to kratom soap as they do to other uses of kratom. Slow strains will be more relaxing and pain-relieving while fast ones will provide energizing kratom effects.
What You’ll Need to Make Kratom Soap
To make kratom soap, you’ll need equipment and ingredients. Let’s start with the former.
Before starting to make kratom soap, locate the following:
- a scale (you can use the one that you normally use to measure your kratom powder dose),
- a pair of rubber gloves to keep your hands safe,
- safety goggles to protect your eyes from fumes when you use lye,
- glass bowls or jars to mix lye and water
- wooden spoons or spatulas for mixing,
- molds or boxes to shape the soap (you can use silicon muffin trays or cooking pans too),
- old newspapers (optional) to protect surfaces from lye spills,
- parchment paper (optional) to line your kratom soap molds,
- vinegar (optional) to neutralize lye spills.
The ingredients that you’ll for approximately 2 large bars of kratom soap need are as follows:
- 1-2 teaspoons of kratom powder of your choice (more powder will make your kratom soap more exfoliating),
- 40 g 100% lye,
- 100 g water,
- 250 g organic extra virgin olive oil,
- 50 g organic coconut oil,
- Shea butter (optional)
Feel free to use a soap calculator to scale the ingredients
Some other ingredients that you can try are:
- dried chamomile, lavender, jasmine, or other flowers,
- essential oils of your choice,
- lemon or orange zest,
- ground coffee,
- brown sugar.
You can also use any other dried herb that you have available. In case you have fresh herbs, allow a day for them to dry.
The Process of Making Kratom Soap
- First, take the precautions. Lye can be dangerous if not handled properly. Put on your gloves and safety goggles. Lay out newspapers to protect the surface.
- Pour the water into a recipient that is able to handle heat. For instance a glass jar or bowl.
- Mix lye into the water. This will produce fumes, so make sure not to breathe them in. To avoid the fumes, you can even do this outside. Let the mixture cool down making sure that no pets or children can access it.
- Mix the oils together in a glass bowl or jar. Use one that’s big enough for other ingredients as well.
- Once the lye and water mixture has cooled down, mix it into the oils.
- Use a blender to blend it all together. Watch out not to make a mess in the process. Doing it in the sink, for instance, could prevent a lot of mess.
- Once the mixture reaches the consistency of mayonnaise, mix in kratom powder and any other ingredients that you’re using.
- Pour the soap mixture into the molds. You can use bigger molds such as cake molds and then cut the kratom soap up into smaller pieces.
- Leave the mixture in the molds for at least 24 hours. If after unmolding your kratom soap still seems too soft, you can leave it for a few more hours. However, don’t leave for too long as it may become very hard to cut.
If at some point lye gets on your skin, wash it with plenty of water. Use vinegar only if you need to remove lye from surfaces.
Have you ever tried kratom soap? How was it? What are your favorite ingredients to put into kratom soap?