Have you noticed that the prices of toiletries are getting higher every day? Well here are a few of some of my homemade recipes and tips on how to make your own. If you have any tips I hope you will share them with me.
Gel Soap/ Liquid
· 2 cups soap flakes or grated bar soap
· 1/2 gallon water
· 2 tbsp glycerin
Mix ingredients together in a large pot. Set over low heat, stirring occasionally until the soap has dissolved. Pour into a jar and cover tightly. For a less thick gel soap, use 1 gallon of water.
Liquid Hand Soap
- 1 bar of soap, small (Dove works well)
- 3 cups water Grate soap with a cheese grater.
Pour the water and grated soap into a microwaveable container and cook on high for 3 min. Remove and stir until all soap bits have melted (put in a bit longer, if needed). Let it cool, and then pour into pump bottles (save leftover store bought liquid soap bottles), pour any remainder soap in any container with a lid. Makes about 24 oz.
Oatmeal Soap on a Rope
1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup of soap bits
1-2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
1-2 Tablespoons of water
Rope- 6 inch piece of rope or cord with a knot tied at the end of it
What you do: 1.. Take the soap and oatmeal and place in your blender. First blend and then using the pulse option, pulse until the mixture becomes fine. 2.. Put the soap and oatmeal mixture in a large deep bowl. Add both the oil and water. Using your hands form a ball out of the soap/oatmeal mixture. Using your index finger make a 1/8 inch depression. 3.. Place your cord with the knot part in the depression. Bring the 2 sides of the small depression and “bury” the cord into the ball of soap. Let the soap dry for about 24 hours before using.
Fun Soap for Kids’ Bath
1 cup soap flakes
1/4 cup boiling water
Ice cube tray
Drop the water into the flakes, one teaspoon at a time, stirring constantly. It will be thick and hard to stir. Spoon some of the soap into different bowls and color each with the food coloring until it has the consistency of thick paste. Press spoonfuls into the ice cube trays and microwave on low for 15 minutes to dry the crayons out. Let them dry at room temperature for several days and give it another day after unmolding. Let the kids help make these. The kids will love using them!!
Basic Shower Gel
1/2 cup unscented shampoo
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
15 drops fragrance oil
food coloring (optional)
Directions:Pour shampoo into a bowl and add the water. Stir until well mixed add the salt and fragrance. Add any fragrance oil that you like!
Herbal Soap Balls
1/4 cup Boiling water
5 Drops related essential oil
1 tablespoon Pulverized herbs (Chamomile, Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme or a combination)
2 cups Ivory or castille soap
Pour boiling water over herbs. Add 5 to 6 drops essential oil. Steep 15 minutes. Reheat til bubbly and pour over soap. Mix well with hands and let stand 15 minutes. Mix again and divide into 3 or 6 parts, rolling each into a ball. Place on plastic wrap and dry for 3 days.
Peaches and Cream Beauty Soap
This wonderful soap is delicately scented, and is beautiful to look at.
Makes One Bar
1 regular size bar Ivory soap
1/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup full-fat powdered milk
1/8 teaspoon peach fragrance oil
1 drop orange food coloring
Easy Sea Salt Bath
1 tablespoon of your favorite shower gel and 1-tablespoon natural coarse sea salt. Rub over your entire body, but not your face! Then wash it off in a warm bath or shower. Or you can add the mixture to a warm bath.
Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath
1 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup liquid soap
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Mix together all the ingredients and pour into a clean bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid. To use, shake before using. Pour 1/4 cup into the bath under running water. Yields 16 ounces – enough for 8 baths.
Herbal Bath Packets (Great gift Idea)
Herbs have natural healing properties. When added to baths, they can soothe and relax and leave you feeling refreshed. This simple recipe will teach you how to prepare these packets for use in steeping your bath. These also make wonderful, thoughtful gifts any time of year! Ingredients:
Muslin (purchase at your local crafts store or fabric shop)
Fresh herbs (Add any of the below recommended herbs and their effects.)
Fresh or dried flower petals, (these add a lovely scent to the bath)
Chamomile – Excellent relaxing bedtime bath.
Comfrey – Exhilarating bath for when you want to feel wide- awake.
Black Tea – Great for skin irritations, especially burnt skin.
Mint – Another excellent bedtime bath that will calm and relax you.
Lavender – Soothing, relaxing and smells absolutely wonderful.
This recipe is very simpleand one you’ll use over and over again.
Cut muslin into squares about 6×6 inches. Add a large handful of herbs, or herbs and dried flowers, in the middle of square of fabric. Gather up edges of fabric and twist – tie very securely with a long length of twine, leaving two long pieces of twine. Using the twine, tie the muslin bag of herbs directly under your bath’s faucet. The herbs will actually steep as the warm water of your faucet hits it. If you prefer you can use these packets and add them directly to the bath water right away, allowing it to `steep’ for some time before you slide into the bathtub. In either case, set the water a little warmer than you usually like it, for you should allow about ten-fifteen minutes of steeping time before you enter the tub, to get the full effects of the steeped herbs. For a special effect, turn off the bathroom lights, light some beautiful candles and put on your favorite relaxing music.
Lavender Milk Bath
1 c. powdered milk
2-3 drops lavender essential oil
Mix together and add to bath.
Herbal Bath Salts
2 cups sea salt
2 cups baking soda
1 cup oatmeal (finely ground)
2 tsp. of your favorite dried finely ground herb mix
Place all together in your food processor and mix it up. Use a few tablespoons in warm running bath water and relax and enjoy.
2 cups non-fat powdered milk
1 cup cornstarch
a few drops -fragrance oil or essential oil
Mix well, add 1/2 cup to hot bath and Enjoy!
Milk and Honey bath
The creaminess of the milk, and the sweet scent and skin-softening effects of the honey make this bath heavenly.
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup whole milk or cream
Add to hot running water in the bathtub.
Oatmeal Milk Bath
4 parts epsom salts
2 part Sea salt
1 part non fat powdered milk
1 part oatmeal ground to a very fine powder in a food processor.
Blend it all together, add about 1/3 cup to a tub of nice warm water
Ocean Bath Salts
1 cup epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
4 drops blue food coloring
4 drops vanilla
2 tablespoons glycerin
Combine dry ingredients, mix well. Add color and scents one at a time. Keep stirring until mixed well. Break up any clumps. Keep mixing until you have a semi fine powder. Add glycerin & mix well.
Vanilla Bubble Bath
8 oz. unscented liquid soap
2 oz. distilled water
8 drops vanilla fragrance oil
2 drops red food coloring
Mix all and pour into a container. Pour a few tablespoons into running bath water for a wonderful bath.
Simple Honey Bath
Add 1/4 cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath mixture that will really help soften skin.
Sore Muscles Bath Soak
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup dry milk
1 cup epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
Mix all ingredients together in a large ziploc bag
Sugar and Spice Bath
1/2 C baking soda
2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Mix together all ingredients until well blended.
To use: Add 2 TBSP of the above mix to a warm tub of water. Store in clean dry container.
Vanilla Foam Bath Recipe
This bath is the ideal way to luxuriate in vanilla- scented bubbles! It’s easy to make, and creates mounds of vanilla bubbles that smell good, and thanks to the oil in the mixture, it leaves your skin feeling soft.
1/4 cup Olive oil
1 c. liquid soap or unscented shampoo
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried milk powder, optional
This is a very simple recipe, making it perfect for any crafter! Use a large plastic container to blend the ingredients together thoroughly. (When you’re making big batches of this, it’s easy to use an old, empty, cleaned out ice cream container with a lid.) Mix well. Pour the combined mixture into a lidded glass jar. Shake very well before each use. To use, simply pour under running water to create bubbles.
- Milk of Magnesium dabbed on with a cotton ball.
- The main ingredient in most deodorants is alcohol. If you use plain alcohol with a cotton ball each morning, it will last all day!
- A paste of baking soda works well.