Is it a hand soap? Is it a face wash?
One great thing about making your own home and beauty products is that you know exactly what's in them. Another benefit is cost. I'm sure that you don't normally use your face wash as hand soap, or vise versa, but when you make it yourself, you can!
This recipe was something that the girls at one of my oil parties came up with. We were going to make a hand soap when someone suggested a face wash instead. Now I use it as both.
I'll tell you the recipe and then I'll tell you why these ingredients are great for your skin as well as your hygiene.
Foaming Hand and Face Wash:
- Foaming soap bottle (I bought some pre-filled and dumped them out)
- About 2T Castile Soap
- 8-10 drops Tea Tree Oil
First you add the castile soap to the dispenser. Personally, I use Dr. Bronner's because it's the only one that's easy to find around here and it's been around for a LONG time. It comes in a few different "flavors" or plain. The cool thing is that it's made with organic and essential oils. I chose peppermint for this soap. Here's about where it should fill to:
Now just add your oils and then add water to (almost) the top, leave room for the pump.
Be careful, it will foam.
That's it. Put on the top and stir it or give it a shake. Don't forget your cute label.
This is a basic recipe, you can definitely get creative with this soap, use different oils, (think lavender, peppermint, or stress away). To be on the safe side, don't use citrus oils unless your container is glass. I've heard that citrus can eat away at plastic. You can also add a little almond or fractionated coconut oil for that added softness.
A quick note on why I chose
tea tree oil and Dr. Bronner's:
To start, tea tree essential oil is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and antimicrobial, it can diminish the appearance of scars, (acne), and is also an anti-inflammatory. All of these are great for face and hands and this just names a few of the amazing benefits of tea tree oil!
As far as Dr. Bronner's, here is an excerpt from their website: "You can use Dr. Bronner’s soaps for washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids."
There are only a handful of ingredients and most are organic, it's also pretty inexpensive, especially considering how concentrated it is. I haven't done the math, but this big bottle was around $7 for 32oz and I used 2 Tbsp, (1oz.)