I saw this on a friends blog, and I had to give it a try. I did a little research and some testing to get the recipe just right. Somewhere along my path, I took a liking to Dove soap. I don’t like bar soap because the idea of the same thing touching my body as anybody else is gross to me. Then I waste soap trying to get the soap clean. I’ve been buying Dove body wash at Costco and it hasn’t been a bad deal; but by making my own, I can get it for half the cost and I like it WAY better.
Grate 2 bars of soap. I used a cheese grater, but I hear you can also use a food processor.
Heat the soap on the stove with 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of water per bar of soap. So, for our two bars of soap, use 2 1/2 cups of water. Heat the two until all the soap is dissolved. For me this didn’t take very long since I grated the soap pretty well.
*I tried 1 cup per bar and it works great, but it’s pretty thick. I did 1 1/4 cup per bar and it’s a good consistency and you get more soap for your buck. I think that 1 1/2 cups of water per bar of soap would give you the same consistency of the store bought stuff.
Put in glass bowl to cool before putting it into a plastic bottle.
Put into a plastic bottle and use daily.
Here’s why I love this soap better than the store bought dove body wash. (I’ve been using my 1 cup water per bar of soap). I do like bar soap because it makes my skin feel smoother, but as I said, I don’t like using the bar. I like the homemade stuff because I get that smoother clean feeling as if I was using a bar of soap, but I get it in the form of a liquid. I also like that I only have to use a small amount 1/2 to 1/3 of what I was using before. The lather lasts from head to toe and rinses out of my loofa quicker. The cost is cheaper: I can buy 3 bottles of body wash from Costco for $12.99; or I can buy 14 bars of soap for $14.99 and make 7-8 bottles with it. And because I don’t have to be using as much per use, it lasts longer.
From now on, I’m going to be making my own soap. Not only to save money, but because it’s my favorite soap now. I love homemade.