Are you looking for a moisturizing hand soap recipe that’s easy and healthy to make?
This moisturizing hand soap will leave your hands soft and clean. It contains non of the bad ingredients of the big box brands and it’s quick to make.
We prefer to use Dr. Bronner’s because they use only the purest organic & Fair Trade ingredients. No synthetic preservatives, no detergents or foaming agents — none!
One of castile soap’s distinguishing traits is that it’s made purely of vegetable fat, rather than animal fat like tallow, or other animal byproducts like goat’s milk (as is common for most other soaps). It was initially made with olive oil from Spain’s Castile region—hence, the name. Since then, castile soap has expanded to include a mix of vegetable oils like coconut, walnut, castor, hemp and avocado oil.
In addition to being animal-friendly, it’s also an environmentally conscious choice, as the soap itself is completely biodegradable. And, given its aforementioned versatility, one bottle of castile soap can replace many different products in your home, which decreases your overall plastic consumption.
Castile soap is unique in that it’s both gentle and strong; it’s gentle on skin because it’s made from saponified oils that have hydrating properties, but it’s an equally powerful cleanser that can tackle even the most stubborn grime.
Combine it with a few other ingredients—like essential oils or distilled water—and you can easily customize any number of cleansing products for use in your daily life.
We use Guar Gum in our skin care products for the simple and practical reason that it is an excellent thickening and binding agent and is also All Natural and Organic, making it perfect as a wonderful ingredient to lend stability, thickness and lather.
- 1 c. filtered water
- ½ c. castile soap
- 4 tbsp carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba oil)
- 2 tsp guar gum
- 15 drops essential oil of choice (lavender, orange, peppermint are good choices)
Mix carrier oil and guar gum until it’s an even consistency. This is an important step: guar gum has to be mixed with the oil first or your soap will be chunky. Next, mix the remaining ingredients and keep stirring. After a few minutes, the mixture will thicken into a gel.
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