I made a wonderful batch of liquid hand soap for the kitchen and baths this week. It was super easy, and yielded a lot of soap. I used a bar of Dr. Bronner's peppermint bar soap as the base. We have been using this soap in the shower for several years, and even to brush our teeth with while traveling through Europe some years ago. Dr. Bronner's is a local company here in San Diego, and now you can find at most health food stores. We both love this soap - though we do differ on what scent to choose - but it can be a bit drying, especially throughout the winter months. I had read some recipes previously that require Lye, which I did not have, so here are the ingredients I combined:
1 bar Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap
3 Cups Water
3-4 T olive oil
2-3 T coconut oil
2 T honey
Chop the bar of soap, and dissolve into 2 cups of water on the stove-top. Once melted, add 2 T of olive oil and 2 T coconut oil. Leave to sit overnight. Come morning, break up the solidified mixture and place in food processor/blender. Add 1 cup of water, and remaining oils and honey until combined. This resulted in perfect liquid soap - and with added moisture of the oils and honey, our hands have never felt so good. You may need to add a bit more water depending on what type of opening your jar has. By using Dr. Bronner's as the base you can choose from any of their scents, like Rose, Almond or Peppermint, or you can use their unscented version and add your own essential oils. My only reservation is its shelf-life. This recipe yielded us a lot of soap, and with the added oils I am unsure as to how long it will last. Maybe cutting this recipe in half would work better...?