3/4 cup liquid Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap (or make your own)
3/4 cup distilled or water that has been boiled (let it cool completely first)
1 Tablespoon sweet almond oil
1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil
15 drops tea tree oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Empty soap containers or clean Mason jar
Mason jar soap dispenser (or a similar dispenser. You can always use an old handsoap container!)
Add the water, and the Dr. Bronmers (I like to use an unscented castile soap because you have more flexibility when it comes to the oils you can use) to your container of choice. Next, add the almond oil, Vitamin E oil, and your essental oils of choice. Screw on your soap dispenser and shake well! Recipe from Six Dollar Family.
½ cup coconut milk
⅔ cup unscented Castile soap
2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
1 tsp. Jojoba oil
15-20 drops essential oil of your choice
In a quart sized mason jar, mix all of your ingredients (except for the essential oils) together. Add 15 drops of your favorite essential oil (Tea Tree oil is terrific for your hair, and Bergamot smells incredible!)
1 Box of Borax
1 box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (this is NOT baking soda…its washing soda, in a much bigger box and is found in the laundry aisle)
3 bars of Ivory bar soap – You CAN also use Fels Naptha, but I don’t personally like it. It irritates my nose way too much when I’m grating it.
Food processor or cheese grater – It’s easier if you have a food processor, but doing it by hand works just as good!
Grate the bar of Ivory soap into a fine powder. Mix the box of Borax in with the washing soda. Next, add the grated soap. Stir well, and store the mixture in an air tight container. TIP: Six Dollar Family (where this awesome recipe is from!) recommends only using 2-3 tablespoons per load. A lot goes a long way with this awesome recipe!
Homemade Castile Soap
1 bar Castile Soap
4-12 cups hot water
Grate down the entire bar of castile soap. Add the grated soap to a mixing bowl, and heat over the stove. Keep stirring the mixture until everything is completely melted, adding in a few drops of your favorite essential oil to gve it a fresh scent. This recipe is also from Six Dollar Family!
1/2 cup Liquid Castile Soap
1 Cup distilled water
9 Tablespoons sweet almond oil
12 Tablespoons vegetable glycerin
5 Tablespoons Vitamin E Oil
10 drops essential oil of your choice
Add the distilled water to your container of choice (Six Dollar Family used a recylced shampoo bottle), followed by the liquid castile soap. Add the almond oil, vegetable glycerin, and Vitamin E oil. Shake well to combine the ingredients. Lastly, add a few drops of your essential oils. I used Peppermint for a refreshing bath wash!
Clean and dry glass bottle (it has to be glass. Bergamot oil will eat away at plastic!)
3 tbsp. Coconut oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Bergamot essential oil
To begin, fill your bottle of choice halfway full of castile soap. Add the coconut oil in with a kitchen whisk. Keep whisking until your mixture looks like the one pictured! Add your essential oils when all of the coconut oil has been whisked in. Pour the mixture into your glass bottle with an old funnel.
Melt and Pour Soap (1/4 of the brick)
Fresh Rosemary, 4 oz.
1/4 cup Grapeseed Oil
1/4 cup chia seed
1 cup oatmeal
Your Favorite Essential Oil
Melt soap until it is the same consistency as heavy cream. In a blender, mix the Chia seeds, rosemary and the oatmeal until it has been finely powdered. Add this powder to the mixture of melted soap. Add drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour the mixture into a soap mold and let it fully harden before usage (this usually takes about 45 minutes)
Recipe Credit: Kids Activites Blog
Glass bowl & microwave
Soap mold. A silicone muffin pan works great!
1 tbsp grated orange peel
1 tbsp flaxseed
Melt the soap base in the microwave. Add 10-20 drops of Orange Essential Oil to the soap once melted. Add in the grated orange peel and the flaxseed, and immediately pour your mixture into your soap molds. Let fully harden for 48 hours prior to first use. Recipe is from Confessions of an Overworked Mom.
15-20 drops of your favorite Essential Oil
Soap Mold (or silicone muffin tin!)
Melt the soap base in a pan over low heat. Mix in olive oil, and remove the mixture from heat. Allow pan to cool for 5 minutes before stirring in the brown sugar and the essential oils. Do not add sugar while mixture is hot, as it will cause the sugar to melt! Pour mixture into your soap molds and allow them to full harden prior to use!
Grate your soap base with a grater, and melt over low heat in a double boiler. Stir constantly with a popsicle stick when melting. Once melted, remove from heat and add a few drops of essential oil. Allow soap to cool fully before hardening. The full recipe can be found at Feathers In Our Nest.