As you know, I enjoy the Dollar Tree….A LOT. While I was there picking up supplies for our DIY Halloween T-Shirts, I came across a bar of Oil of Olay. I’m not a fan of bar soap but I thought I could turn it into a body wash. And guess what?! I did! Now, I’m going to show you how to do it too! You can literally turn a single bar of soap into a 48 ounces of body wash! Whoohoo!
Here’s what you’re going to need:
- Bar of Soap (any kind)
- Cheese Grater (or knife if the soap is soft enough)
- Measuring cup (1 cup)
- Heat Safe Spoon
- Container for your Body Wash
Your first step is to grate your soap. If you have a bar that is soft enough to cut chunks off of, do that instead. Grating can get tedious.
I only grated half of my bar. I only wanted enough body wash to fill a condiment container. Once your done grating (or chopping up) your soap, add the flakes to your pot.
Now, since I didn’t want a ton of body wash, I only added 2 cups of water. If you want to fill a larger container, add 4 cups of water.
Place your pot over your stove and turn it on to a medium heat. I got mine up to about 190*. Stir your mixture till your soap flakes disappear. It’s going to look milky, just like this….
My skin has been a bit dry lately so I added a cup of coconut milk for added moisture. You don’t need to do this to make your body wash, it’s just a modification I made to this batch.
After your soap flakes or chunks have dissolved, turn off your stove and let your mixture cool several hours. A film will develop over the top after about two hours of cooling. At this point, use your spoon to see if your body wash is thick enough for you.
Since some of the water reduces while heating, you may need to add a bit of water to get your body wash to the consistency that’s right for you, so go ahead and add water if the mixture is too thick.
If you add water, heat it up and stir again. Let it sit to cool.
If you find your mixture is the right consistency and it’s nice and cool, add it to your container!
That’s all there is to it!
I LOVE making my own body wash! There’s nothing like using a $1.00 bar of soap like Oil of Olay and turning it into a luxurious body wash that I’d otherwise pay $6 or more for!
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