Saturday, July 31, 2010

Repurpose Project Number One: DIY Clove and Orange Hand Soap

As I've mentioned many times, I am trying to replace our icky toxic products with safer ones. I've banished anti-bacterial hand soap from the house, but I'm sure there are still plenty of gross ingredients in our cheapo store brand. Months back, I saw a post at Safe Mama about how to make your own hand soap, and I have been itching to try it every since. I am really a lazy person at heart - not at all a "Do It Yourself-er" - but something about this called out to me. Maybe it is because I wash my hands a billion times a day and refilling that pump gets expensive. Maybe it's my inner Jan Levinson (no longer Gould) - wanting to concoct delicious smelling things. Soap is so much easier than candles. Where IS that Hunter CD?

If you are too lazy to click on the Safe Mama link above, here is the recipe provided for Lavender & Sweet Orange Hand Soap:
  • 6 ounces distilled or filtered water
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, 5.3-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)1 Tsp – Tablespoon Lavender Castille Soap (you can adjust this amount to how much soapiness you prefer)
  • 8-10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • Shake gently, the end. (You’ll want to give the bottle a brief shake before each use to remix the oils evenly… nothing crazy just a one, two shake will do it)
You need a foamer pump, so I took an empty bottle of Earth Mama Angel Baby Angel Shampoo (I just bought a new bottle) and added my ingredients.

Dr. Bronner - Organic Castile Soap Unscented Baby-Mild, 32 fl oz liquid Instead of the Lavender Castille Soap, I used  Dr. Bronner - Organic Castile Soap Unscented Baby-Mild and I added Clove Essential Oil and Sweet Orange Pure Essential Oil. It's probably more of a fall scent than a summer one, but I think it smells DELICIOUS. In fact, I keep taking breaks to sniff my palm as I right this. (Please take a moment to picture this. Do I look creepy? Then you're imagining it correctly. )



Anonymous said...

LOVE this. I must try it out.

Amber@Nater Tot said...

You must! I'm excited to try different combinations. I'm going to do something with grapefruit next.

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