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  • PeterS59 commented on DeandrasCrafts's instructable DIY Dove Soap Body Wash9 months ago
    DIY Dove Soap Body Wash

    I also found that cooking body wash in your home gives off a continual pleasant smell. I didn't find microwaving soap created a bad smell. Since I've been making it every night, the scents of the soaps have taken over the house.

    I altered the recipe some using my imagination and experimenting outside the box, and still I came out with a process than gains me about a gallon of body wash each time. I used regular water. You don't need to be too fussy how you cut up the soap. I broke a lot of mine apart with my hands (hard to do with some brands) a lot of times. No matter what, the chunks melt in the warm water just the same. I used one old pot to mix everything. Some people use a double boiler, but its not necessary. I filled an old stockpot with water up to the top and found that 3 bars worked best, and about an ounce of glycerine, and a good amount of Vitamin E, and a heaping amount of Coconut Oil or Shea Butter. Let it all melt together on low heat until it looks like jello and let off the heat. In about 12-2...see more »I altered the recipe some using my imagination and experimenting outside the box, and still I came out with a process than gains me about a gallon of body wash each time. I used regular water. You don't need to be too fussy how you cut up the soap. I broke a lot of mine apart with my hands (hard to do with some brands) a lot of times. No matter what, the chunks melt in the warm water just the same. I used one old pot to mix everything. Some people use a double boiler, but its not necessary. I filled an old stockpot with water up to the top and found that 3 bars worked best, and about an ounce of glycerine, and a good amount of Vitamin E, and a heaping amount of Coconut Oil or Shea Butter. Let it all melt together on low heat until it looks like jello and let off the heat. In about 12-24 hours, the mixture will harden. If you result is too thin, re-warm and add more soap and oil. If it's too thick, reheat and add water. You should find a happy medium in each batch. It's trial and error, just like getting used to any recipe. But you can't seem to ruin it. When it is the perfect consistency, I funnel it into a gallon container with a measuring cup. It is very rich, but could lather better. I think I might need a tad more glycerin. I've made 3 batches so far. The wash smells like the soap you choose all the way. Don't bother adding any essential oils or anything because the scent of the soap will overwhelm it. Dove soap is indeed the richest soap to start with, but it is also the most expensive. I also had the least results with it: too thin. I had great results with things like Ivory and Zest. I have a summer business where I sell body wash en masse. Since it was ridiculously expensive, I gave this a try. There's a cost involved with having to keep Glycerine, Coconut and Shea Oil in stock, and there's the price of the soap, but you are getting a huge bang for your buck. 12 oz of body wash retail for upwards of 5 bucks, and this probably costs $2-3 for the whole gallon, 10.6 times more. I have to make about 30 gallons of this stuff by May, so I will check back. Here's another bonus. If you accidentally spill and make a mess, when you wipe it up, you have a far cleaner counter/floor than you did before , and it rinses from your pot 1-2-3.

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