Recipes Made with Soap

Shaving Soap
1/2 cup grated Castile soap
1 cup boiling distilled water (or a little less)
2 tb. coconut oil, melted
3 tb. almond oil
1 tb. borax
Dissolve soap in boiling water and put in blender. Add remaining ingredients and mix until fluffy. Add 15 to 20 drops fragrance oil and pour slowly into shaving mug.
(I use an ordinary large ceramic coffee mug).
Cat 3/22/99

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Bath Gel
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon glycerine soap
fragrance or essential oil ( to smell)
Boil 1 cup water and let the glycerine soap melt in it.
Remove from heat add fragrance oil. It thickens as it cools.
Add just a pinch of borax for suds.
Ronda 11/17/98

Shower Gel
Shower Gel Base:
50 ml water
25 ml Betaine
20 ml Cocobetaine
5 ml Zetesol (or soap or other tenside)
7,5 ml Xanthan
1 ml salt
10 drops Vitamin B
1 ml Citric acid
50 drops GSE
10 ml Rewoderm
2,5 ml walnut shells (optional, for peeling effect).

To this add different EOs, for instance:
Sunrise shower gel:
5 drops Rosemary eo
6 drops Grapefruit eo
5 drops Spearmint eo
5 drops Bois de rose eo
Daniela Rauchfuss 8/27/98

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Herbal Shampoo
7 cups boiling water
1 cup herbs or petals of choice 5 tablespoons of castile soap 2 eggs

Pour the water the herbs or petals you have chosen, stir well, cover and leave to infuse for 2 hours or so. Strain in a saucepan, pressing all the moisture from the herbs. Stir the soap and whisk the mixture over low heat until soap has dissolved. Leave to cool slightly then whisk in the eggs. Pour in bottles. Shake the bottle well before using and rinse thouroughly after use.
Leaves hair shiny and soft.
Scottie 01/01/99

Castille-based Shampoo For Blondes
Castille-based shampoo for blondes
1/2 cup Castille liquid soap
1/4 cup infusion (below)
30 drops lavender eo
10 drops lemon eo

Simply mix all the ingredients and store.

Infusion (herb water)
1 cup spring or distilled water (finding distilled is purer)
handful chamomile - dried
handful horsehair(tail) - dried

Boil, steep, cool, and drain for infusion.

I use any remaining infusion as a base for a rinse. It's very concentrated, so I add a few tablespoon to a large cup of water.
Susan Harkins 10/30/98

Bubble Bath
I make bubble bath using unscented sensitive skin dish soap from the health food store. I use about 1/4 c. of the soap, 1/8 c. honey, 1/8 c. veggie or nut oil oil ( I like jojoba or grapeseed), and 1/8 c. powdered milk. Sometimes I also add aloe. I add my EOs and use. This is not a keeper bubble bath: it needs to be used immediately. For a bubble bath to give as a gift I use a 3:1:1 ratio of liquid dish soap, honey and veggie oil with EOs added for scent or theraputic purposes. Both of these leave the skin very soft and produce alot of bubbles.
Kristie

Daniela's Bubble Bath
liquid soap
witch hazel hydrolat
almond oil
coconut oil
Vitamin E
blue food colouring
EOs: I used Lavender, clary sage, palmarosa, ylang-ylang and a minimum drop amounts of cinnamon.
It is relaxing and warming to the muscles/
Daniela 6/1/98

Lavender Flower Bubble Bath
1 bunch fresh lavender flowers
16 oz. unscented bubble bath or unscented shampoo
5 drops lavender oil

Collect your lavender, place lavender flowers face down in a bottle,(I use a quart size canning jar)so the stems are at the top, pour unscented bubble bath or shampoo over the lavender flowers, add 5 drops lavender oil and now close the lid and shake. Let the mixture set on the windowsile in the sun for about 2 weeks, shaking every day, then strain and bottle. You will have a natural color to your bubble bath and a very nice scent of lavender.
Lisa B. 6/20/98

Basic Bubble Bath
1 quart water
1 bar castille soap, grated or flaked
2 ounces glycerin
3 drops perfume oil

Heated it slowly in a pan until the soap melted, added a few drops of food coloring. So far looks good, my kids will try it out tonight and I'll let you know if it works. sure was easy!
Ann 11/5/98

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Sharron's Bubble Bath
1 Tblsp Sweet Almond Oil
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Liquid Soap
1 Tblsp Almond Extract
1 Tblsp Glycerine
Sharron 12/08/98

Shucky's Shampoo
1 qt. water (or herbal infusion)
150 gram (6 oz.) grated castile soap
2 oz glycerine OR
2 oz. coconut oil OR 1 oz. of each.
(1 t. salt - optional)

I made an herbal infusion, added the soap, and it turned a lovely clear amber. I added the ounce of glycerine, and it still looked great, but when I added the ounce of coconut oil, it got cloudy...dunno why... I added some FO at the end, and poured it into bottles. It turned into a gel, so I put it all in a bowl to whip it, and poured it back into the bottles. Now I have a bubbled gel. The scent I added works well in soap, but not so well in the shampoo. The same recipe (basically) also gets an appearance as bubble bath, only with 3-6 drops of fragrance (!)...well, it didn't work for me!!!
Shucky

Claudia's Milk Bath
1 cup powdered milk
.5 cups oatmeal
1 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
4 tablespoons corn starch
handcrafted soap

In a food processor, grind chunked handcrafted soap and oatmeal until grainy. Add powdered milk, baking soda, cream of tartar and corn starch.

Scent with fragrance / essential oils as desired, process until it's powdery. It really is a nice product when you package it attractively, feels wonderful in the bath and if you scent it heavily (which I seem to do to everything ) the whole bathroom smells heavenly all day.
Claudia Anderson

Raina's Facial Cleanser
1 part grated soap
1 part dry milk
1 part oatmeal

Whirl in the blender till a fine powder.
To use: put approx. 2 tsp in one hand, mix with water, rub on your face, rinse.
Raina Dobson 5/18/98

Bath Crayons
1 3/4 c Ivory Snow powder
food coloring
1/4 c water

1.Mix water & soap flakes together.
2.Add food coloring until desired color & put mixture into an ice cube tray.
3.Allow to harden.
4.Break or cut into pieces.
Unknown 8/27/98

Jelly Cleanser
Adapted from "Health & Beauty the Natural Way" by Nerys Purchon.

I changed the Honey & Peppermint Cleansing Jelly recipe to suit myself.

1/2 cup water, heating to almost boiling
2.5 teaspons gelatin
2 teaspoons pectin
2 tblspoons honey (dissolved into hot water)
1/4 cup of glycerin
1/4 cup of liquid soap (used liquid glycerin soap)
essential oils:
5 drops thyme
5 drops peppermint
10 drops lavender
5 drop tea tree

Mix gelatin & pectin together.
Sprinkle over hot water & stir till dissolved.
Mix in all the rest of the ingrediants, honey first, then glycerin, then soap, then eo's.
Bottle while warm, and stir/shake occasionally till cool.
It should jelly. When cool I whipped it up.
To use: massage gently into wet skin, leave for a minute & rinse.
Carefull about using this at night - I found that the peppermint eo woke me right up!

Opinion: this cleanser leaves the face clean & cool, but not dried out. I like it. Andrea in TO 10/16/98

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