Foaming Shampoo/Face Wash

So, it has been a while since I have posted anything. Working full-time and taking 18 credit hours in school is not conducive to keeping up with my blogging, but I made this shampoo today and wanted to share it. You will need a bottle with a foam pump – you can purchase one, or you can reuse one, which is what I did. I bought some Yes to Carrots baby shampoo a while back that had a foam pump on it so once I ran out of that, I rinsed the bottle, peeled the labels off, and now have a handy bottle with a pump for my shampoo. Here’s the ingredient list and the proportions that I used:

  • 2/3 to 1 cup of water (distilled, spring, whatever works – most people will say distilled, but I used spring water)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (I have the lavender scent)
  • 20-25 drops of tea tree oil

Baking soda, magic soap, water, olive oil, and tea tree oil

The first thing I did was heat up 2/3 cup of water and dissolved the baking soda. Once the baking soda was dissolved, I removed it from the heat and added the olive oil. I mixed this up, poured in the Castile soap and tea tree oil, and mixed it again using a spatula. Using a funnel, I poured this all into my empty foam bottle, filled it to the top with water for a total of about 1 cup of water, and voila!

The foam is really thick and works wonderfully!

I don’t have too many pictures of the process because it was quick and simple, but it smells wonderful and the foam is thick! I have really long hair and I don’t use any conditioner – I simply coat it with a little bit of Argan oil and let it air dry. I use the Organix brand and would love to find a brand that is more natural so any recommendations on that would be great.

You can switch up the variety of Dr. Bronner’s you use if you don’t like lavender, and you can use a different essential oil. I have a little bit of acne on my face and scalp so the tea tree oil helps out with that. I used this on my face and it feels awesome! Hope you enjoy. 🙂


Hand Soap made from Bar Soap

In an effort to save some money, I have decided to start making household products that I usually have to buy a couple of times a month – laundry detergent, body wash, whatever I can find to make! Hand soap is something I like to keep around the house, but it’s expensive. I found a nifty pin on how to make your own hand soap out of a bar of soap and decided that I would accept the challenge.

The blog that I found the idea for this on, Frugally Green, doesn’t appear to work for me anymore, but I added the link anyway in case it’s back up soon! The recipe calls for grating up 1 bar of Dove soap (any variety of Dove will work for this; she also has a recipe for making it with other types of soap that do not have moisturizers) which is equal to about 2 cups. Since finishing this particular batch I have found another set of directions for making this bar soap into liquid body wash, and it also has a nifty idea to microwave the soap. I will be trying that soon. 🙂 In the meantime, I hand grated my soap.

It is a little bit time consuming, but it’s mindless work while watching television. Idle hands are the Devil’s playground. 😉 I love this particular scent of Dove. It is the Go Fresh! Revive, and it smells like pomegranate & lemon verbena – to me, it smells like Heaven. I have the body spray & deodorant. I have also used the liquid body wash (and shampoo/conditioner), but they are super expensive and I am going to try my hand at making my own shampoo. Anyway!

Once you’ve grated all of the soap, you will melt it down in water. The hand soap recipe called for 6 cups of water. I read through the comments and a lot of people mentioned having different consistencies depending on whether they had hard water or not. I used distilled water in mine, just in case.

The process just takes some time. It melts on medium heat and it will start to foam a bit. The higher the temp and the longer you allow it to melt, the smoother your soap will be. If you have an immersion blender, you can blend it when it’s done. Be prepared for a few suds! I tried a hand mixer and had moderate success, but no pictures of that! Sorry!

I funneled mine into a 1 gallon milk jug, though there is hardly that much. Then I used it in my regular soap dispensers! It is truthfully a little thin, so I may try it with a little less water next time, or I may try it without the distilled water to see if it makes a difference. For now, though, I am enjoying the smell of pomegranate & lemon verbena all over my apartment!