Did you know you can turn a bar of soap into about a gallons worth of body wash? It's true and it's amazingly easy. For this do it yourself project, I decided to make both a women's and a men's body wash using Caress and Irish Spring.
8 ounces of bar soap
1 gallon of water
2 Tbsp Glycerin
a large pot
a cheese grater or microwave
an electric mixer
The glycerin is probably the only thing you don't already have in your home. I went to my local Albertson's where I found some on the soap aisle along with the natural oils. When I got home, I realized I actually already had some glycerin in with my cake decorating supplies.
The first step in making body wash from a bar of soap is to process the soap so it melts easily in hot water. This is where you can choose to either grate the soap with a cheese grater, or microwave the soap. I choose to microwave, since it is less time consuming and really easy. Put the soap on a microwave safe plate and heat on high for about a minute. Your soap should look like this:
Just be careful to not over heat the soap in the microwave because it will melt and can easily cause burns. (I found out the hard way) Once the soap has expanded allow it to cool completely and it should be able to crumble in your hands.
Put the gallon of water into the pot and bring to a low boil. Next, add your soap and the 2 Tbsp of glycerin. It will take about half an hour for all of your soap to melt. Make sure to give it a stir every once in a while so none of the soap settles on the bottom of the pot.
Now that the soap has finished cooking, it needs to cool off and thicken up. This takes about 12 hours, so I left mine overnight. Your body wash will range from slightly runny to really thick depending on the type of soap you used. Either way, you should use your electric mixer to blend the soap so you can easily transfer it to a container. Make sure not to over beat the body wash (like I did the first time I made body wash) or it will not stay liquidy enough.
I used the original bottle my water had come in to store the body wash. Using a funnel, I poured the body wash from the pot into the bottle. I also used an old mustard bottle for the body wash I was going to use right away.
The results: I'm pretty happy with the Caress body wash even though it was too runny for me. However, that was my own fault because I accidently only used 4 ounces of soap. The Irish Spring body wash turned out really nice. It was a consistency that I liked and it smelled good. Plus, imagine how much money you can save. Stay tuned for a post on how to make your own bar soap (also super easy.)