|DIY Body Wash|
I was really excited about making this body wash. I started making it around 10am and my friend Michelle came over in the afternoon with her kids for a playdate, and to help me finish it.
For this recipe, I used lavender soap, and after I was finished mixing the body wash, I added a bottle (8oz) of philosophy amazing grace body spray. The funny thing about that is I didn't want to experiment with bars of philosophy because the stuff is so expensive. I had a bottle of amazing grace body spray that I haven't been using (and got for free a loooong time ago) so I thought it would be perfect for this. It was only at the very end, when I was figuring out how much money I saved by making my own philosophy body wash, that I did a search on Google and found that 8oz of philosophy body spray is $45! Oops! Guess I'm lucky this worked!! Here's what I did:
Makes 1 Gallon (seriously)
8 oz bar soap - most bars are 4 oz each, so you'll need 2 - any kind'll do!
2 T. Glycerin
16 Cups (one gallon) of water
Optional: add in's like perfume, essential oils, etc. that make the body wash smell extra good. Use whatever you like!
Using a cheese grater, grate the bars of soap into a bowl. Pour the grated soap into a LARGE pot, then add the glycerin (more on that in tips), and 16 cups/1 gallon of water and put on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally until all of the grated soap has dissolved. This takes about 5 minutes.
Take the pot off the heat and let it sit. You'll notice at first the mixture is thin and a little runny, but don't fret... When you hit hour 3, the stuff starts thickening rapidly! The site I got this "recipe" from said to wait 10-12 hours, but I was happy with mine after 5.
To finish it off, stir it well (it will be thick and slimy), then grab your mixer and mix on medium speed for 2 - 3 minutes. Then, BAM! You've got a gallon (literally) of heavenly, silky body wash!
Here's my cost breakdown:
The lavender bar soap was on sale: 2 bars for $2 - score!
Glycerin - $3 for 6 oz. (2 T. is equal to 1 oz., so 1 bottle of glycerin will make 6 gallons of body wash!)
philosophy body spray - $45 for 8oz (if I had known how expensive it was, I would have just bought one bar of philosophy soap and made a half batch instead, which for a half gallon would have cost about $10.)
All said and done, 1 gallon of "Amazing Lavender Grace (thanks Rena!)" cost less than $50 for 1 gallon of body wash! That equals 10 regular sized (16 oz.) bottles of body wash for $5 each! Compare that to $22 for a 16 oz. bottle of philosophy body wash, and you'll save over $10 per bottle!
- Glycerin was not easy to find! We finally found it at Wal-Mart in the pharmacy - next to the band aids.
- You can use ANY KIND of bar soap you want - how cool is that!?
- Next time around, if using philosophy again, I will probably make a half batch.