I was headed out for a girl’s weekend and didn’t want to have to pack the bar soap I’ve been using. Since the hubby and I had used our date night to go to HEB (we’re really exciting like that), I had just picked up a few items to start stocking up on soap/lotion-making supplies. I decided, at 11 PM (even while planning on getting up at 5 the next morning to make it to a yoga class in the Dallas area), that I would go ahead and try it. Hubby thought I was crazy to be starting a project at that hour. I knew I was. However, it turned out to be super fast and easy!
I just kind of made it up as I went, based on all the different recipes I’ve found online. I put about 3/4 cup water in a pot and turned the burner on low, then used a cheese grater to grate about 1/2 cup of Dr. Bronner’s pure castile bar soap straight into the measuring cup.
I poured the grated soap into the water and turned the temperature up a little bit. I didn’t bring it to a boil, just let it heat as I stirred it until the soap was melted. When that was done, I added a teaspoon of vitamin E oil, which is great for your skin:
Vitamin E is a great skin moisturizer and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
After that, I put some Tea Tree Essential Oil drops into the mixture (it came out faster than I expected so now my shower gel smells mostly like Tea Tree), to give my shower gel germ-killing properties, plus lavender essential oil because it is my favorite scent. Then, I just poured it into a plastic squeeze bottle (found at Hobby Lobby) using a funnel.
It was really liquid-y and I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out, so I just left it on the counter to cool. In the morning, when I grabbed it to pack into my toiletries case, it was still pretty runny, which was pretty much what I had expected. However, late that afternoon, when I was ready to take a shower at the hotel, I pulled it out of my bag and it had gelled up! I had successfully made shower gel, and it was so easy and really quite cheap. Not to mention, I really like using it. It makes my skin feel silky and so soft and clean after my shower! I have even used it to wash my face. (Dr. Bronner’s soaps are pretty universal: they can be used anywhere on the body, as well as for all kinds of household cleaning purposes!) I did try washing my hair with it because I forgot baking soda on my trip, but that was much less successful because the Vitamin E oil made my hair oily (ya think?!). I probably spent less than $15 total on the supplies and used only a tiny amount of each for this batch. The supplies will last me a long time and will also go into several other recipes I have planned for the week.
Speaking of… time to go finish getting my supplies so I can try the rest of the recipes! Wish me luck!