How To Turn Your Favorite Bar Soap Into A Luxurious Body Wash
Nowadays, having a hobby can get very expensive—and for people like me, whose main hobby is experimenting with makeup and skincare products—the hobby is REAL expensive! All those who can relate to my skincare and makeup addiction know what I am talking about here!
Come a new skincare product release and I crave for it, even at the expense of my low budget—which sometimes, can get really disturbing. But a low budget, and the curiosity to do and create something new, something unique; is the key reason why DIY posts like these exist.
So here I am to tell you how you can buy a budget bar of soap and convert it into a luxuriant (lathering and non-lathering both) body wash variant by using just your soap, minimal efforts, a stove and a will to do it! Read on to know more.
Things you will need:
- 2-3 bars of regular soap of your choice
- Water as per required
- A stove
- A utensil to work in
- A cheese grater
- Glycerin (for lathering variant)
- Vitamin e or coconut oil (for dry skin types)
- Essential oils for fragrance (optional)
Method for non-lathering body wash variant:
- Unwrap 2 bar soaps and using a cheese grater, grate the soap very finely.
- Now on the stove, boil about 3-4 cups of water.
- When the water is fully boiled (bubbling up with steam) add the finely grated soap and stir till the soap dissolves completely.
- Turn off the heat once the soap has completely dissolved and the mixture has started looking milky.
- Add any optional essential oils you any like at this juncture.
- Let the mixture sit at room temperature for about 2 hours or till the time the mixture starts looking like a body-wash type consistency.
- If even after 2-2.5 hours, the mixture does not look like the desired product, add more water (if the mixture is too thick or solidifies completely) or add more soap (if the mixture looks too runny).
- Transfer the prepared product in a container of your choice (preferably a container with a squeezable option) and enjoy your non-lathering, natural body wash.
Method for lathering body wash:
- Steps 1-4 are to be done as mentioned above.
- Along with adding optional oils, add a dollop of glycerin in order to make the body wash a lathering one.
We prefer the natural variant over this, but glycerin moisturizes and so is a fairly safe option. Bear in mind that the body wash will not appease your desires of a sudsy lather—it does not lather like crazy (because unlike market washes, this body wash does not have sulphates)!
- The rest of the steps are to be followed the same as above.
Tip of the trade:
- Add tea tree oil for acne prone oily skin as it is a disinfectant.
- Lavender or sandalwood essential oils are said to be soothing and can be added to your body wash mixture in step 4 for method 1 and 2.
- Add some coconut oil, almond, jojoba or olive oil to your mixture if you extra dry skin.
Thought he first try may not come out as precise as you may expect, a few hit and trials will make you perfect in this technique and will save you a lot of big bucks in the long run.
Have you tried making body wash from soap?
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