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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

homemade shower gel

So it was 9pm. Kids in bed. I had just taken a shower and AGAIN used the kids baby shower wash because AGAIN I had forgotten to get myself my OWN, BIG GIRL, shower gel.

And I was scrolling through Pinterest on the IPad and saw it.

How to make homemade shower gel.

And you know what I did?

I put down Pinterest, mid scroll, got up off my fanny, glass of wine in hand, AND FREAKING MADE SOME.

That's right folks. Proactive Sara strikes again. You never know when, nor how, but when she strikes, look out! DEADLY.

Deadly, er, shower gel.

That didn't really work.

In any case. SO EASY. SMELLS SO GOOD. Yada yada...

And really, when you think of what good shower gel costs, totally worth it.

Here is how.

Grate a bar of soap into a pot. The "recipe" I saw (in quotes because it was more like a suggested method) Was for using Dove soap. I have a load of Costco Dove knockoff, so that is what I used.

And okay, grating soap is a pain. I just put the bar down, take a break, or just keep at it. In any case. Two cups of water into the pot. Bring to a soft boil, hot enough to melt the soap. Stir. So, I have wicked dry skin so I added lavender-infused coconut oil. I know, I know, this makes me sound like Martha Stewart or something. But yes, I did it myself. I happen to have a lovely little lavender plant and a ton of coconut oil bought bulk. I dried the lavender (takes several days), chopped it, and added to melted coconut oil in a small mason jar, and then let it sit. It smells lovely. So I added a tablespoon or so. Then the same amount of glycerin. You can get this at Walmart or somewhere like that. Its an added softener and gives the mixture a more gel-like texture.

(So, two year old is attacking me right now. I am having a hard time typing. She thinks its hilarious to try and wrap herself in my shirt and pull. I am going to lose it at her in 3, 2, 1............ AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!)

Okay, now that that is out of the way.

Gel like texture. Okay, yes.

So then I wanted a nice scent. Something other than "baby fresh."

I added the following oils: Ylang ylang, rose geranium, and, because I am a hippie mama, patchouli.


So. Stir. Let sit. It took a few days to set up. I put it in an old (expensive) shower gel bottle.

VOILA. Shower gel.

You should try it.
instead of a picture of a bottle of homemade shower gel. BORING. here is a pic of my lavender plant. PRETTY!

maybe you cant see it, but its tucked back in there. :)


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