This past year I started making my own liquid handsoap and was totally impressed by how easy and inexpensive it is. It’s so practical, in fact, that I now use only my own liquid handsoap at home. Recently, I used baby-mild soap along with the joyful sent of grapefruit to make a fabulous and useful baby shower favor. Here’s how you can do it:
- ½ bar of pure castile soap
- Your favorite essential oil (I used grapefruit)
- 6 cups water
- Pump bottles
- Tags and labels from www.evermine.com
- Start with a half bar of pure castile soap, and, if you wish, your favorite essential oil. I used grapefruit essential oil, known for it’s uplifting and energizing effects.
- Grate the soap. Be careful that a kitchen scrounger doesn’t cop a nibble--it looks just like cheese!
- Add the grated soap into 6 cups of nearly boiling water, removed from heat, and stir until all of the pieces of soap have dissolved, then cover and let cool.
- As the soap cools it will become gelatinized. Before it becomes completely gelatinized, but after the soap has mostly cooled, stir in several drops of your essential oil until the now liquid soap is as smelly as you’d like it. I used 16 drops of essential oil for 6 cups of liquid soap, but I like a milder scent, just barely a suggestion of grapefruit meandering throughout the act of hand washing.
- Once the soap has gelatinized, gently mix the soap, then funnel it into pump bottles. Specialty Bottle sells a variety of simple pump bottles.
- Adorn the bottles with your personalized labels and tags. I used the fancy diamond shape (size 88) in the Ruffled Ombre style in peach for the labels, submitting a special request to the designers to remove the ampersand. For the favor tag I used the same style and color in the oval shape (size 09), sporting a “thank you” from the baby himself.
- Have fun getting soapy!
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