Friday, June 29, 2012
Home Made Body Wash
In my pursuit to save my family money, I am always looking at what we use and how I can save money at it. One way, is making our own body wash. The last time I made some body wash, it turned out fine, but you had to use quite a bit of it just to get clean. The kids didn't like how it felt on their skin, so now I use it to make the Baby Wipes. This time, I wanted to make something that was a little more moisturizing, and would be thicker. My internet searches lead me to make body wash out of Dove body bars. I combined 2 different recipes I found, and ended up having to modify the recipes, just so I could pour it in the bottle! Here's the recipe:
You Will Need:
3 Dove body bars (I bought the Wal-Mart generic brand, Equate. They have a version that says to compare to Dove's brand, and it costs $4 for a 6 pack, vs. $6 for a 6 pack.)
9 cups of distilled water (every recipe I found said to use only 6, but I'll show you why I used 9)
15 drops of lavender oil
First put your water in a stock pot and get it hot. I started with the 6 cups of water, heating that first. Then, take 1 bar of soap, put it in a bowl and microwave for 90 sec. only. You can grate the soap, but keep in mind that the soap has lots of moisturizers in it, so it will be slick. Microwaving it, for 90 sec. only, will melt the soap, making it dissolve super fast in the hot water.
After leaving it all night to harden, I came back, and the batch was much better! It was hardened, but I didn't have to try and chip at it with a spoon! I took my electric mixer, and using only 1 blade, I mixed it up and made it smooth.
It kinda looks like frosting! Mixing it really made it smooth and pourable. I was able to funnel it into the containers. It does look, and feel, a bit like slimy mucus (sorry for that gross mental picture!) but it soaps up nicely, smells great, and cost me about $3 for 92 oz of soap! Not bad!
Until Next Time,