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An astute reader (hi, Mom!) pointed out that when it comes to my DIY projects, I don’t spend enough time talking about how well they worked. I give you the ingredients and directions, send you on your way, and then neglect to report on my observations about effectiveness. Whoops!

So let me start this hand soap tutorial with a mini review. This soap is more watery and less sudsy than the traditional soap I’m accustomed to. That said, I find it to be every bit as effective as regular soap and I love it for its simplicity. If you want a soap that’s super creamy or that smells incredibly fragrant or that suds up like bubble bath, look elsewhere. If you want a basic hand soap that calls for five natural ingredients, you’re in luck.  

I found this recipe on Live Simply. Here’s what you’ll need:

•1/2 cup castile soap
•1/2 cup water (distilled or boiled if you won’t use soap within a few weeks)
•1 T vitamin E oil
•1 T nourishing oil like sweet almond or jojoba oil
•Optional essential oils (original recipe calls for 15 drops tea tree and 5-10 drops lavender or peppermint)

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Add water to the container you're using. I started with a mason jar and later transferred to a soap dispenser.

Add liquid castile soap.  

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Add vitamin E oil. You may recall that in other recipes I've resisted buying things like essential oils, but I finally broke down and bought three basic things: vitamin E oil, sweet almond oil, and tea tree oil. 

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Add jojoba or sweet almond oil.  

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The mixture got pretty sudsy when I mixed o together, but the bubbles eventually died down.  

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I only added 10 drops of tea tree oil. I know the recipe calls for 15 drops of this and 10 drops of that, but I decided to keep things as simple as possible.  

That's all you need a do to make your own soap. I've been using mine for about a week now and I still like it. It's basic, it gets the job done, and I feel like I don't have to worry about toxins when I use it. Win/win/win. 

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