Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DIY Liquid Soap

One of my favorite (and only) souvenirs that I like to buy are bars of local, home made soap.  I don't tend to waste my time buying key chains, magnets, or t-shirts, and I take so many photos I have no use buying most postcards.  But locally made soap?  Now that's a gem!  Sure, you can pretty much buy it anywhere and I don't often find a regional specialty, but it smells pretty, and that's all that matters, right?
When Tim and I visited Cinque Terre, Italy this summer, I brought back a bar of lemon soap...or as the Italians would call it, Limone!  They grow lemons in orchards next door to the villages- we wondered through a couple while hiking, and they make Limoncello in the area as well.

Here's where I've got a problem.  I don't use bar soap.  Ever.  I often buy the soap for other people, but I wanted this one for myself.  I also don't have an extra bathroom or even a square inch of space in my bathroom in order to display the soap all pretty like.  So, when I read on Pinterest that you could make liquid soap out of bar soap, I was so excited to try it!
The first thing you do is shred the soap down to a pile of shavings.

I used a ratio of 1/2c soap shavings to 5cups water.  The internet world also said I should use a bit of glycerin, but I never bothered to buy some and wanted to make the soap now, so I skipped it!

Let the soap dissolve.  This only takes a few minutes, and then the water doesn't really look any different.  You're supposed to let the mixture sit until completely cool, so I just left and completely forgot about it for a few hours.

I came back into the kitchen later and remembered when I saw this big lardy looking block in my pan:

Well....that sure doesn't look like liquid soap to me...so I threw it in my mixer to see if I could liquidfy it a little. 


Well, that kind of worked, but it has a really "snotty" texture, and the soap tends to hang out of the spout after you pump it.  I read a bunch more tutorials later and learned I should have poured in a little more water when I was beating it, or just bothered to buy glycerin!  I still have plenty of soap shavings left so I will definitely try this again!
Here it is in my purple soap pump from Ikea...sure looks really pink now, doesn't it?  Maybe next time I'll try making a darker soap...

1 comment:

  1. This is a really cool idea! I do have glycerin and, only because I use it for other things, it makes sense that it would make a different in the texture of the soap. If I didn't own it, I would've left it out, too. Thanks for the post! You can visit me at http://cinderelladuty.blogspot.com!

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