About two months ago, I bought a bar of Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Oil Castile Soap Bar for my face. Well, it cleared up my acne but the bar of soap was so powerful that it also made my sensitive skin hurt. So, I looked up online the best way to make your bar of soap into liquid soap. These directions are not really appropriate for Dr. Bronner’s bar soap, so I took upon myself to experiment and come up with a good recipe. Here it is!
Step One: Find a Container For Your Bar Soap Flakes and a Bottle For Your Liquid Soap
This is a crucial step because the bar of soap is going to be more than what you need for the recipe, unless you are using scraps. And the bottle is just handy. I used my old vinegar gallon bottle (as seen here) because that’s exactly how much this recipe will call for. You will need approximately 1/2 of the bar of Dr. Bronner Castile Soap, in your choice of flavor. I used Tea Tree Oil because I wanted to use the liquid soap for my nightly face wash.
Step Two: Shred Your Bar Soap Into Flakes
We don’t own a cheese grater. That’s what happens when you, ahem, have an OCD husband, and he believes you don’t need a cheese grater because you haven’t used it in the last two weeks. (It gets thrown out.) However, I do own a food processor and that works pretty good, too. Fortunately, cleaning the processor is only a matter of adding some water to the empty container, and hitting the “on” button for a few seconds!
Step Three: Heat Water and Pour Into Gallon Bottle
It does NOT have to be boiling. In fact, it should NOT be boiling. To this mixture, add 3 tablespoons regular table salt and 1/2 bar of grated soap. Mix well. It will be hard to mix this since the soap gets, well, soapy. I leave a little bit of headspace and then gentle “tumble” the bottle every minute or so, until the soap and salt are dissolved.
Step Four: Refrigerate the Liquid Soap
Refrigerate mixture overnight.
Step Five: Process Your Liquid Soap
If you get a gloopy soap mixture, then run it through the food processor again.
Voila! You are all done. And my face? Acne free. Try pairing this wonderful soap with two or three drops of Sesame Seed Oil. Be careful of the sesame seed oil — a little goes a long, long way.
This originally appeared on my old web site, The Turtle Method.
Tell me what you think of my recipe. Suggestions on how to improve it?