I've been buying Kirk's castile soap for my family. It's very safe, hypoallergenic, and has like 5 ingredients in it. I love that it's coconut based too! The only thing though, is that we have been going through almost a bar every week. I am used to body wash…liquid soap. I'm not digging the bar soap. So, I found a recipe online on how to turn a bar soap into body wash! Score! I love Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap, but it's kind of expensive. I keep it on hand to clean the kids with, and to mop the floor with. A little goes a long way with Dr. Bronner's, but I had 2 bars of Kirk's soap so I thought I would see how a homemade recipe would turn out. I modified this recipe I found online and here is what I did.
Then I put 6 cups of water in a pot and turned it on. Once it was almost boiling, I added in the grated soap (about 2 cups). I stirred it until it was melted and set it aside to cool for about an hour.
At this point I added in a few TB of coconut oil and about 15 drops of Lavender essential oil. It made a quart-sized mason jar and a pint-sized jar!
I used some of this the other day when showering. It's nice and works well. If you've ever used Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap, then you know that natural liquid body wash has a more “watery” consistency. I am on the look-out for those foaming hand soap dispensers because I would really like to use this soap I made for washing hands too. It should foam up nicely with one of those foaming dispensers!
On to homemade toothpaste! Ok so this was a big step for me. To make something I lather on my body is one thing, but to make something that I actually put inside my mouth is another. Then I realized how silly this logic is. I'm trying to live more sustainably, so I need to trust myself more and trust that God gave us all we needed when He made us and the earth. I'm really trying to live more sustainably for many reasons. One, I want to be ready in the even of a Zombie Apocalypse. Two, I want to never run out of things and have to run to the store. And three, I want to show my kids to be dependent on themselves and not the grocery store. So, I found a recipe on Pinterest that uses: 5 Tbs baking soda -4 Tbs coconut oil -About 10 drops of essential oil -Container (Make sure it has a lid. Baking soda will absorb smells if left to open air.) -*You can also add a bit of stevia or other natural sweetener if you're used to a sweeter toothpaste. I added some stevia and it did make it more palatable. It is definitely different tasting. I didn't have any peppermint essential oil so I used my lavender essential oil. Gross! It smells good but the taste is hard to take. However, I am going to use it for myself. I know my husband will never use it. He couldn't even use the Tom's toothpaste without gagging. I really do like how clean it makes my teeth feel. It doesn't bubble up and lather like commercial toothpaste does, but those do that because of all the toxic chemicals in it.
I'm really happy with all my homemade, natural products! I'm ordering a few “peri” bottles from Amazon to store them in. I have a bunch of glass mason jars in the shower right now and we all know how dangerous that can be.
All-in-all, I'm excited about my all my new products I'm making. I'm on my first week of doing the “No Poo” hair method, which is using no shampoo to wash with, however, that is a whole new post in itself. I am documenting it and after a month or so I will update you all!