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Sunday, September 16, 2012

The results of the soap-making experiment...

I'm sorry I don't have pictures.  It's plain white, nothing very interesting, and I just put it into sterilized glass jars and my shower-gel bottle.

I had to laugh yesterday when I came home from work and the stuff had "gelled" already--it only took about six hours!  It was like not-quite-set jello in the pot, so I whipped it up with a whisk, and then with my hand mixer.  And I'll be honest--the reviews I read saying the consistency was "snot-like"?  They were absolutely right.  It is. :)  It was hilarious pouring the stuff into the bottle and jars... such a funny consistency!

But you know what?  It smells good.  It cleans my skin and leaves it feeling perfectly soft.  It's workable in the shower.  I won't force my husband to use it--but hey, now I won't have to buy shower gel for probably three or four months or more!

Most of all, I'm proud of myself for trying something new.  For sticking with it.  And for not having high expectations of myself or my project for once--I couldn't be disappointed, just amused! :)

Next on my list for do-it-myself, natural beauty products is to switch from regular shampoo and conditioner to baking soda water and apple cider vinegar water.  Have you heard of this method?  I'm most interested in it as a money-saving enterprise (a little baking soda and acv is waaay cheaper than a bottle of shampoo or conditioner!), plus as another effort to use more natural products on or in my body.  I'm getting there...slowly but surely. :)  Probably in another five years you'll be able to label me a "crunchy" homemaker--but I'm good with that!  See this site, this one, and this one for info on the "no-poo" method.  I'm excited. :)

What about you?  Have you started making any homemade cleaning/beauty products?  What works for you?


  1. Baking soda and ACV worked well for me for a while, but after I moved to a hard water area it never did. Now I've switched to a natural-ish, sulfate free shampoo, and I skip conditioner unless I'm doing a home-made recipe. Best wishes! If you have questions along the way, ask me. I did a TON of research on the topic(:

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  3. Jaimie,
    After reading this post and the site you referenced, felt I needed to share. FOr whatever it is worth! I LOVE it!!

    Love you!
    Aunt Kathy

  4. Good job trying something new! I have tried at the acv and baking soda. However I have very temperamental naturally curly hair. It does not like vinegar or soda! I hope to switch to something more natural soon!

  5. Isn't it great to try something new?

    I've tried all those that you've mentioned...and if I'm completely honest - I didn't like any of them. Hubby hated the "snot-like" consistency in our soap bottles (and I got tired of wiping up the mess from it) like you mentioned.

    I did the cider vinegar and baking soda thing and I hated that too. The baking soda does clean, but the vinegar does not soften my hair enough like conditioner would and it becomes a tangle mess when I try to comb it.

    I hope you have better luck with it than I did!!! Everything is worth a try!

    I did make my own facial cleanser and loved it! Recipe here:

    Love ya!

  6. You make me smile, precious Jaimie! It blesses my heart to hear the joy you have in homemaking. The fact that you're willing to try something that might not go "right" the first time is also a blessing ... a sign of growing. Love you so much!


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