I think this is my first non-food ‘go make this’ post and it’s a good one! I recently made Portland Blogger, Go Gingham’s Homemade Liquid Hand Soap and I’m a convert!
So of course I want you to be one too 🙂
Go Gingham’s Recipe
I was excited to make soap because:
- We were running out of the soap we bought at Costco in 2011
- Bought vegetable glycerin for the first time
- Added to my ‘all things almond’ addiction
- Less ingredients and no chemicals means my largest organ (my skin) isn’t absorbing crud
- I was able to use up some of my castor oil (she used olive oil but any skin care oil would probably be good – except coconut)
One of the steps is shaving your desired ‘scent’ of Bronner’s bar and I was really excited to use the food processor with the grating blade because I could, but when the day came most of my food processor was in the dish washer. Hand grating worked out fine. 🙂
Can we talk about the smell? Intoxicating. I’ve been obsessed with almond scents for a long time. All things almond!! But Dr. Bronner’s has many other scents and you can even use all those saved hotel soaps you’ve been hoarding.
I was also looking forward to using mason jars for the containers. My in-laws gave me an Etsy gift certificate to which I purchased pumps for the jars. The straws arrive so they fit in a >32oz jar and you can trim them down to fit your needs.
I used my canning wide-mouth funnel to fill ’em up.
I swear the whole process was less than an hour. You’re grating soap, heating up the ingredients to dissolve the soap, and filling the bottles.
Her recipe calls for a gallon milk jug or any big container you have that you won’t need for a time. I was racking my brain for what kind of container would be good because I haven’t had milk in my home for over 8 years. Then I realized we’ve been buying local cider that comes in half-gallon containers. Perfect.
The soap looks interesting. It sets and turns a nice opaque white overnight.
So…Go Make This! I love the smell, it lathers, and the oil helps condition my skin.
Way to go, Michelle! I love the almond scent but would have a hard time not eating it!! Joking. My hands haven’t been rashy or broken out since I started making this – and you’re right – it doesn’t take long.
I miss you!! xoxo
Haha yes, almond scents do that! I miss you too Sara! xoxo