Yes, yes, yes... I'm an author and this is a writing blog, but it has always been about the writer's life--mine specifically. The older I get, and the more I learn about the toxic chemicals to which we are subjected--in our food, in our cleaning and beauty products, in our water, air and soil, the more compelled I feel to do as much damage control as I can. I also grew up and currently live with a mother who has always had a mania for homegrown. In my case, homegrown has extended to home-made, and I plan to catalogue my DIY journey here on my blog.
The recipe for this hand soap can be found at this link, but of course you can tweak it as you see fit. One of my concerns, and the reason that I've decided to journal my experiments, is that I live in the tropics and I've realized that some of those DIY recipes that look so fabulous online won't work here. Whipped lotions and creams with a coconut oil base is a good example. Outside of the supermarket our coconut oil is liquid, unless we live in an air-conditioned home--which most of us don't. Even when we do use AC, it's seldom at a low enough temperature to keep the coconut oil solid, so those lovely whipped lotions and creams will turn into oily, gunky swill--if we get them to whip at all. Yes, we can refrigerate, but will the goodies stay solid even long enough to be whipped or emulsified? I doubt it. So I'll be experimenting, substituting, and doing whatever I can to ensure that the products I put on my body are as devoid of harmful ingredients as they can possibly be.
|Step 1: Gather ingredients; sterilize bowl & utensils|
|Step 2: Grate soap, about 2 oz.|
|Step 3: Add 1 tbs. coconut oil and 4 cups boiling water; stir till soap dissolves|
|Step 4: Let mixture cool to room temperature; add essential oil; fill sterilized soap dispensers|
Final note: I've read up on sterilizing everything used in the making of DIY products and learned this can be done by boiling or baking glass utenils, or using bleach or alcohol. I chose to use alcohol in a spray bottle because it's easy and convenient. I sprayed the countertop workspace as well as all the utensils after I washed them with soap.
If you try this, let me know how it turns out. Now that mine is cold it has become very thick, but dispenses easily from the bottle in the photo. (The dispenser came from Rail19 who sells a range of glass dispensers in gorgeous shapes and a wide variety of pumps. Some designs also come in frosted and coloured glass. I got mine from Amazon.)
1. I am not in any way associated with the manufacturers or sellers of any product used in my DIY recipes.
2. Try these recipes at your own risk! (And let me know how they turn out.)