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?