The storks have already left, the days have become shorter, and on Paris sidewalks and in the parks we can find shiny chestnuts, which by the way we collect. No, we do not use them to play with. They are a perfect raw material for homemade cosmetics! Chestnut is a natural source of saponin ( a steroid structure that foam ) so it’s very easy to make a soap or bath lotion out of it. They have not only great cleaning properties but also they are great for skin with rosacea.
How to make a chestnut soap
Using a peeler, peel the skin from 10 fresh chestnuts. Then either grate or blend them. Add 1 and half cup of water and bring to the boil. If you want it completely smooth we recommend using a blender before. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring vigorously. Squeeze out the mass with a cloth or a strainer. Then make a soap shape out of it and let it dry.
How to make soap and liquid gel in one
We need 10 fresh chestnuts already peeled. Then we add distilled water (200 ml) and blend. Cook 3 minutes stirring from time to time.
Survival chestnut soap
If you are in a survival situation, it is good to know that chestnut leaves also a good source of saponin. To wash yourself just take a few leaves, cut them into slurry and add some water.
Pros and cons
Homemade chestnut soap has one disadvantage: it molds quickly. You should keep it 2-3 days only. Why it is worth to make it anyway? It turns out that black list of cosmetics, harmful for human body is enough long(see here). Often, we do not realize that seemingly safe health care products, may be carcinogenic! It makes us realize that it is worth looking for some healthy and safe solutions. It is possible to prepare homemade cosmetics using plants and other natural ingredients.