These days, a lot of women and men wish they had fairer or whiter skin—an aspiration that has become a great driving force for the health, beauty, and wellness industry.
Glutathione is present in nearly all living cells and has the distinction of being able to regulate the action of the so-called “lesser antioxidants.” Despite its well-known health benefits, however, many people remain extremely hesitant to take glutathione orally. They would rather apply it directly on their skin—thus giving rise to many glutathione-containing products for external use, particularly bathing soap.
Leng Aveno, soap-making lecturer at ESF Cakes and Bread House, considers this situation about glutathione a very good business opportunity. She therefore recommends going into the making of herbal bath soaps mixed with glutathione as a startup home-based industry.
To make glutathione herbal soap, you will need: a pail, spatula, hand mixer, scraper, small containers, and a 13.2-inch by 16.7-inch 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.)
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 liters 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 liters 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 bilimbi 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 put 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 anti-bacterial 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.