I’m rather perplexed sometimes. How can I be the organic, eco-friendly, make-all-my-food-from-scratch, use-a-bare-minimum-of-beauty-products, DIY kind of person that I am and I ONLY ventured into soap making last summer?!
I simply cannot understand why it never occurred to me years ago. I love it. Even though I’ve only made soap 3 times so far 🙂
My first 2 batches of hand and body bar soap just came to an end after 5 1/2 months. I really can’t complain despite the bars being softer and disappearing quicker than the conventional soap I’d been using. My homemade soap is organic and that’s a main objective for everything I purchase in regards to the food I consume (or grow) and bath and beauty products.
By making my own soap, I avoid parabens, colors, fragrances, sulfates, phthalates, PEG’s, triclosan (a pesticide), petroleum products AND MORE. There are so many nasty ingredients out there! It takes serious research to know what you’re exposed to and what you should steer clear of.
Last night, because I’m out of shampoo, I made a different type of bar. A shampoo bar! From 100% organic, coconut oil, water and lye. I used an easy recipe from http://www.mommypotamus.com
I was hopeful, and also apprehensive, about using shampoo made entirely of oil. I’d read reviews from other people who’ve made it and they ranged from “my hair is awful” to “my hair feels fabulous”. I’m happy to say I’m on the fabulous end of matters. And I couldn’t be more thrilled.
I now make my own deodorant, toothpaste, household scrub cleanser, laundry soap, hand & body bar soap AND shampoo! Dish soap is next. I have the supplies but don’t know how to make a substitution in the recipe. . . . . the woman of the blog where I found the recipe has never answered my question.
If you’ve ever considered making your own soap, I highly recommend it. The most important thing is to know all of your lye safety! I can say, from the many sites I visited, where I either read text or watched videos, there is a lot of misinformation about lye and most people don’t offer enough information. Lye can be dangerous but if you have respect for it and use proper precautions, you’ll be fine. And you’ll have awesome homemade soap 🙂