How to Transform Bar Soap into Body Wash

How to Transform Bar Soap into Body Wash
How to Transform Bar Soap into Body Wash | Source

Bar Soap to Body Wash

from a simple bar soap to a body wash is easily achievable at home.
from a simple bar soap to a body wash is easily achievable at home. | Source

Body Care ~

Bars of soap are skin care products that have been around for centuries to cleanse our skin, hair and clothes.

There are many different forms of bar soap today including glycerin soap, antibacterial soap and organic soap.

In fact soap can be traced all the way back to the Babylonians, Egyptians and from there the Islamic countries and the Mediterranean countries of Spain, France and Italy who started to make soap in abundance.

A tradition that still lives on today in wonderful handmade, natural soaps.

The industrial revolution brought the soap making business to a mass manufacturing level.

It was in 1789 in England that Andrew Pears first created the totally transparent, high quality soap Pears that became a signature soap and is still enjoyed today.

Other leading soap manufacturers in the commercial sector have include Palmolive, Lux, Dr Bronner and Dove who have all played an important role as market leaders.

Soap is one of those products that has stood the test of time and will be around no doubt for many centuries to come.

L is for Lavender

A homemade lavender soap made with Lavender essential oil is soothing, calming and great for all skin types.
A homemade lavender soap made with Lavender essential oil is soothing, calming and great for all skin types. | Source

Bath and Body Soap

natural  homemade soap is ideal to make as a gift or to sell commercially.
natural homemade soap is ideal to make as a gift or to sell commercially. | Source

Liquid Soap ~

Liquid soap has become increasingly popular over the past decade but bars of soap still remain the must have beauty product for many.

With more focus on natural, organic skin care products today, soap in bar and liquid form is easily made using 100% all natural ingredients.

Have you ever just read the ingredients listed on a bar of soap or a liquid soap? Well, today I did just that.

As I have been a strong advocate for making your own beauty treats I had done similar to cleansers, toners, moisturizers, face scrubs and face masks. Somehow soap had eluded me so checking my liquid soap was frightening but sadly not surprising.

24 ingredients listed, very few I could pronounce and believe it or not one of them had 25 letters in it.

Worryingly further was the fact there were some listed that I knew to be big no no’s and can be the cause of many skin irritations, allergies and harmful reasons to stay clear.

Traditional Aleppo Soaps of Syria

handmade Aleppo soap derives it's name from the city of Aleppo, Syria and dates back thousands of years. Classed as a castile soap it's main difference is it contains laurel oil.
handmade Aleppo soap derives it's name from the city of Aleppo, Syria and dates back thousands of years. Classed as a castile soap it's main difference is it contains laurel oil. | Source

Castile Soap

made from Olive Oil, Castile soap is the best type to buy.
made from Olive Oil, Castile soap is the best type to buy. | Source

Less is More ~

Taking a good quality natural bar of soap such as a Castile Soap and turning it into a body wash or liquid soap is not as difficult as you may think.

As bars of soap vary in their ingredients a little tweaking here and there may be necessary to find the right consistency you prefer but that is part of the fun!

Keeping it simple is best when soap making. You do not need 24 ingredients in your soap or body wash for it to be effective and you should be able to pronounce the ingredients used. If in doubt look it up or steer clear.

I have seen natural products with as little as 1, 2 or 3 ingredients and have written about many that just use regular grocery items or store cupboard classics. One tomato and sugar is a great face scrub for example. Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Apricot kernel Oil and Jojoba Oil are examples of excellent skin moisturizing giants you may have in your kitchen already. You control what you eat daily so why not take control of what you are putting on your skin too? All the wonderful nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants in groceries are absorbed through the skin just as the harmful chemicals, synthetic fragrances and toxins are. Which would you prefer?

Easy Natural Body Wash Recipe ~

Ingredients:

2 cups grated bar soap (castile soap)

½ gallon distilled water

2 tbsp vegetable glycerine

15 drops essential oil of choice

Few drops of organic food coloring (optional)


You Will Need:

Large pot

Large glass container with lid

2-3 containers for shower (2 glass jars and 1 pump dispenser)


Method:

  • Add the soap, water and vegetable glycerine to your pot on the stove and start to melt the ingredients over a low heat.
  • Stir the mixture occasionally until the soap is fully melted.
  • Add your essential oil and food coloring if using and mix in well to an even consistency.
  • Transfer to your large jar and allow cool.
  • Screw on lid tightly and leave overnight.
  • Dispense into smaller glass or plastic containers for the shower and as replenishment stock.

Tips:

If using fragrance and coloring why not color co-ordinate associated smells.

Have fun experimenting with a” drop of this and a drop of that” if you feel adventurous! If you are a bit rusty in the color wheel for mixing and blending you can check it out here for achieving the different color combinations. Check out some suggestions below in my table.

This consistency is not thick, try adjusting water amount if you prefer thicker body wash.

Do not leave the pan unattended on the stove and keep out of small children's reach. This is a hot oil and water mixture.

Making Organic Liquid Soap from Castile Soap

Color co-ordinate your essential oils to food coloring ~

Essential Oil
Food Coloring
Bergamot
Yellow or Orange
Cedarwood
Green
Chamomile
Pale Yellow
Eucalyptus
Green
Grapefruit
Pink, Yellow
Lemon
Yellow
Green Apple
Green
Orange
Orange
Lavender
Purple, Blue, Lilac, Mauve
Lime
Bright Green
Geranium
Red
Rose
Red, Pink, Fuchsia
Sandalwood
Brown
Strawberry
Red
Vanilla
Cream, Beige
Peppermint
Blue, Green

For Bath and Body Use

utilize your own brand in making body wash.
utilize your own brand in making body wash. | Source

Do you use bought soap or make your own?

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Using Regular Bar Soap ~

Do you find your regular soap is great but you would love to convert it into a body wash without buying any extra ingredients?

When I was searching for different recipes I came upon this great one by One Good Thing By Jillee which I will share with you here.

This one uses just two ingredients, a heat source and voila, one homemade body wash. For all Dove fans, this one is for you. The savings are huge considering 3 bars of soap will yield 48 oz of body wash.

Ingredients:

3 bars of Dove soap grated.

6 cups of water


You Will Need:

Large pot

Glass jar or bow

Body wash containers


Method:

  • Add the soap and water to a large pot and heat gently to dissolve the soap.
  • When fully dissolved, pour into a glass jar or bowl to cool.
  • This will thicken as it cools.
  • When completely cooled, transfer it into a glass or plastic dispenser for the shower.
  • After 24 hours you will have a nice rich thick cream like consistency.

Tips:

If using a different bar of soap you will find 6 cups of water may not be enough. Dove is a highly moisturizing product so 6 cups works a treat.

As this recipe makes approximately 48 oz of body wash, make sure you have enough jars or dispensers for it.

Why not give one to a friend or loved one as a creative gift idea?

Author Info ~

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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How to Transform Bar Soap into Body Wash Comments 58 comments

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Holy Moly, I would actually do this! LOL I'm not kidding, I can see myself doing this....and Bev will love it. Thank you, Irish, for the great suggestion and easy to follow instructions so this old fart can actually get it right. :)

Sending a big hug across The Pond.

bill


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Bill,

LOL, Yehhhhhhhhh! I did something you WOULD DO!! Perseverance, that's all it took. So glad you enjoyed and could see yourself doing this!! Wonderful with lavender infused through it and you have some of that!

Appreciate your support and friendship my friend across The Pond :-)


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

As always, I'm impressed by your very thorough research and write up. Great history and easy to follow instructions.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Crystal,

Lovely to see you as always. Thanks so much for kind comments, I hope you get to try it out sometime!


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Very interesting Suzie. We are so used to our bars of soap that I never considered transforming a bar into a liquid soap. Very clever. Might have to play around with this now that you have peaked my curiosity. Great job as usual. Voting up, sharing, tweeting, pinning, and all that good stuff.


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abbyw1989 3 years ago from Ireland

Incredibly useful article, so well-researched!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Bill,

So glad you found this an intriguing idea and hopefully you may give it a try when your supply runs out. Always a pleasure to hear from you! Your votes, shares, pin etc . . all the great stuff, is so appreciated!!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi abbyw1989,

Lovely to see you and it is great to know you found this useful. It saves you money and is better for your skin when you go the 100% natural route in a soap. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

Great information, Suzie. I have really been enjoying learning about soap and soap making in the last few months. Voted up and shared.


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mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

wow I never knew we can do that so easily :) ... Now my time to experiment with the bar soap :D


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tipsheets 3 years ago from Philippines

great idea! no wastage.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Gail,

Many thanks for dropping in. Soap is an interesting product and one that many are now making at home so I hope you get to do try your new info on soap making. If you get a chance try making it into a body wash! Appreciate your votes and share!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi mr-veg,

Good to see you here! Look forward to hearing how your experiment goes! Cheers for your comments!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi tipsheets,

Many thanks for commenting, it does help save those last bits of soap that end up a mess in the bathroom!


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Love the recipes..Can you use glycerine soap instead of Castille? It certainly looks easy enough, but you have a way of making the recipes so easy. Thanks for a great hub..Voting up++++sharing, pinning and tweeting..


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Carol,

Lovely as always to have your comments, visit and support! Glcerine I would think is no problem but you would try it without the extra vegetable glcerine and use. Soaps from research I have done certainly seem to be very varied according to the soap used as there so many different ones. Many thanks for your votes, shares and pin it is greatly appreciated.


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Lipnancy 3 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Very interesting ideas, Someday I will try this.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Very interesting and useful.Voted up and I love these sort of tips;so simple once we have learnt. Thanks for sharing and keep them coming Suzie.

Eddy.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Lipnancy,

It is great to know you enjoyed this and hope you do give it a try sometime! Many thanks for dropping by!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Eddy,

Always a pleasure having you in my little corner of HP! Delighted you found informative, your votes, shares and comments are always appreciated my friend!!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I love it! I enjoy shower gel, and this seems like an interesting way to make it. Soap is usually simple and inexpensive. Thanks for sharing this with us!


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heidithorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

While I may not have the time to convert into a liquid soap, I'll be checking my "natural" products' labels again. Beautiful hub! Voted up!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Kathryn,

Many thanks always good to have you here! Hope the job is going well. This is certainly an expensive way of making your own to your own liking and fragrance with natural products. Glad you enjoyed the info!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi heidithorne,

Appreciate you stopping by. You may be surprised at the amount of ingredients in products, most are unpronounceable and many are harmful. Many fragrances in beauty products are synthetic and not natural which disguise any chemical or toxin wiffs! Happy reading and many thanks for your votes!!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Suzie, you do not fail to surprise us with your lovely home made things. This was so useful and interesting. I have heard about soap-making while I was a child and thought it would be a complicated process, but in reality, no!!!

That Lavender soap looks lovely with its lovely colour. Thank you for sharing this with us. This will come handy one day.

Votes up, sharing and pinning!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh my gosh - this is such great information! You've gone all out. I adore learning how to make my own products. I love both lavender and sandlewood. I'm gonna have such fun keeping myself clean:) Voted up ABI and sharing!


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

I really love your articles about homemade beauty products. I will try out your recipe with the two ingredients using regular soap as I have a lot of them left. Great hub!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi livingsta,

So good to see you again here! I love your visits, so uplifting and energizing! So glad you enjoyed this, When I saw this pic of the gorgeous Lavender I had to include it! Hope you enjoy giving this a go sometime using Lavender! Thanks so much for your votes, shares and pin!!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi vocalcoach,

Appreciate you taking time to comment. You are a keen fan of homemade products i can tell so I hope you have fun making your lavender and Sandalwood potions! Two fragrances I adore, I love so many I am a nightmare! Many thanks for your lovely words, votes and support!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Janet,

Lovely to see you again! Remember to adjust your recipe slightly with the water content for this unless using Dove soap. Appreciate your support and look forward to hearing how it goes for you!!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I had no idea that you could do this so easily. How neat. Thanks for the detailed overview and great recipes!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi randomcreative,

So glad this sparked your interest and delighted to hear you picked up some useful info! Hope you get to try it out in the future, cheers for your visit, comment and continuing support!!


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Petra Vlah 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Suzie,

Great idea to make your own beauty products (especially since most of the commercial ones have plenty of preservatives and other potentially harmful chemicals). I will not be making soap any time soon, but the scrub sounds good to me so I will try that one - tomato has also salycilic acid which is great for acne and dark spots.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Petra,

many thanks for joining me here. Glad to hear you enjoyed this and love homemade beauty products too. do try the tomato scrub I have other ones and more different skin care recipe hubs as so much of what we buy may be made safely and cheaply at home. Appreciate your interest!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Wow! This is what I always wanted to make. I´ll try the Dove soap liquid with lavender essential oil and will do one with Neroli as I have these essential oils with me in my home country. My friends would love it as a gift. Thanks for sharing Suzie. Voted up, shared and pinned;-)

BTW, I´ll be not surprise if this hub will become the HOTD;-)


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Thelma,

Many thanks for popping in for a read. So glad you enjoyed this. Hope you find this easy to make it certainly saves money when you cost it out. Thanks for your kind words, don't know about HOTD as long as people find it interesting and useful I'm a happy camper as we say! Appreciate your votes, shares and pin look forward to hearing how it goes for you!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is something I have been thinking about doing but thought it would be a lot more complicated, but now you have shown how easy it is I will definitely be doing this.

I take Potentiated Bee Pollen capsules and each time I order I get 2 free bars of honey & pollen soap so I will be using these for my body wash now.

Voting Up and sharing


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Rosemary,

Many thanks for your input here. My friend from beautiful Hawkes Bay! It is amazing how simple it can be just may need tweaking depending on the soap used as the ingredients all differ. It is the tweaking often that produces variations of a recipe thus creating a new one, So interesting! Hope you enjoy trying out your honey and pollen soap, sounds delicious and moisturizing! many thanks for votes, shares and comments!


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srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

Thanks, Suzie for introducing this great idea. There is a lot of scope for experimenting for every body and the end product may be excellent body wash. A great initiation. Thumbed up and shared.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Suzie... what an interesting hub. I have been playing around with making soap for about the last year and have come up with some very interesting concoctions but the idea of making body wash has caught my eye. Thank you and I will be trying it.

Hugs from Canada


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi srsddn,

So nice to see you and I thank you for your interest! It is not difficult to do so hopefully you will find it useful in the future to try! Appreciate your interest and thumbs up, shares!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi Rolly,

Good to see you! Glad this has proved useful to you and hope you give making soap a go too! There are so many great recipes for soap too that do not necessarily need many ingredients that you would be able to source in Canada. Good luck and do try it! Cheers for your support and interest!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Been away for a while dealing with an ill parent and I come back to this awesome idea. I love it and it is definitely going on my to do list. Shared all around.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi GTF,

Many thanks for dropping in., always great to see you. Hope you enjoy trying this out and thanks for passing it on!!


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I'm so glad to have read this Hub! Liquid soap and body wash is expensive in Peru. I tried to make body wash once. It seemed to turn out just fine, but after I poured it into bottles it hardened and I could get it back out! So you can imagine how glad I am to have your recipes. I didn't realize I needed to add so much water to the soap. With my collection of essential oils, I should be able to whip up something fairly fancy! Thanks again for sharing. You're the beauty guru!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

This is a very useful hub and one that is simple to follow. I have bars of soap leftover that would do well as body wash. Thanks for the suggestions!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi vespa,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments, I always love hear from you in Peru! What a cool idea to do a vespa and suzi country kitchen ways to use ingredients, you with the food ways me with food for skin care etc . . .2 different ways to utilize same ingredient!! LOL Can just see you making your exquisite chocolate cake i love and me with a choco face mask!! So glad you enjoyed this and found useful, your collection of oils must be wonderful, so handy to have a large choice from! Appreciate all your support and confidence!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi teaches,

Leftover soap can be made into liquid soap and is a great way of using up all those small bity soap bars we always seem to end up tossing. Thanks so much for commenting and your support as always!!


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yumhealthyfood 3 years ago from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Hey Suzie HQ.. Thanks for sharing such a great info. It will be very helpful for everyone as teaches12345 above said everyone have leftover pieces of soap.

am following you :)


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi yumhealthyfood,

Many thanks for commenting and good to know you enjoyed this! Hopefully you will be get the opportunity to use this, cheers for the follow and support! Much appreciated :-)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OMG, Martie referred me and this was an amazing first read. Like others, I always thought this would be complicated. Thanks for breaking it down and I am definitely giving this a try.

Voted UP and UABI. Thanks! Maria


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi marcoujor,

lovely to have you visit, I am honored you found time to drop me a comment! Delighted knowing you found it easily doable and are keen to give it a go! Thanks very much for votes and Martie for the referral :-)


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

wonderful tips on transforming a dull soap bar into body wash. I love those scented body wash but expensive. Now I can make my own body wash and save money. Thanks to your hub. lovely photos.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi peachpurple,

So good to have you read this and know you found useful. It is something easily done and does not have to break the bank either. Appreciate your comment greatly!! Have fun experimenting :-)


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tastiger04 3 years ago

Great idea, I will have to experiment with the lavender :)


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland Author

Hi tastiger,

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy experimenting and Lavender is so beneficial in every homemade product!


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Farmer Rachel 3 years ago from Minnesota

THIS was a beautiful hub, and an awesome idea. And thank you so much for the shout-out and the link, I can't believe it took me this long to notice. Excellent work as always. When I try this out I'll let you know the results!


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Eamine 2 years ago from U.S.

Nice Hub. I love making homemade products and writing about them too. Hope to see some more great homemade hubs from you!

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