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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ahh, I LOVE This Bath Soap (Homemade)

This homemade bath soap recipe I found at Little Seed Farm isn't the cheapest, but it is cheaper than store bought bath soap and it is very thick, rich, moisturizing and just feels expensive.  It also is good for your skin because it doesn't contain the harsh chemicals that store bought have in them.  I love it!   Initially the ingredients will cost a bit but all of them except the castile soap will last a long, long time.  Castile soap is about $10 a Target and you should get two batches of this recipe (or 4 bottles of soap) out of it.  As with all homemade products, the initial cost is the biggest.  Once you have a supply, its all good from there. 

Its also very easy to make and not too time consuming.  The longest part is waiting an hour for the infusion to take place - but you can do something else while you're waiting for that.  The rest is very fast and easy. 

Here is how to do it:

Pour 1 Tablespoon of Steel Cut Oats into a glass measuring cup. (Irish Oats can be found at Meijer or Jungle Jim's)

Throw in a spring of fresh Rosemary (great if it comes from your garden)

Bring water in a tea pot to a boil and pour into the measuring cup with the oats and rosemary, filling to the 1 cup mark.  Cover and let it steep for an hour. 

After it has steeped strain it with a mesh strainer to separate the oats and rosemary from the water.   

Put the following into a mixing bowl.

2 Tablespoons coconut oil (found at any grocery store in the Asian section)

1 Tablespoon honey (raw is best but I think you can use any)

1 Teaspoon non-corn based citric acid (found at health food stores or at Jungle Jim's)  This prevent bacteria from growing in your soap.

The water from the infusion with oats and rosemary 

Mix with an electric mixer

Add 1 teaspoon of Guar Gum and whisk.  Immediately add 1 1/2 cups of liquid castile soap and stir until well blended. 
Guar Gum can be found at Jungle Jim's near the Bob's Red Mill grains in the Organic Section)  Castile Soap can be found at Target or Jungle Jims or a health food store.

At this point you can drop in 30 drops of essential oils for fragrance if you wish (I didn't) and then pour into your containers. 

For containers I used two large water bottles with a flip top spout.  They are plastic so they won't break in the shower and they were the right size.  I filled two of these water bottles with this recipe. 

This soap lathers a lot so a little will go a long way. 

Tip:  Do not use an electric mixer to mix in the castile soap or you will have a ton of lather.  The electric mixer is good to mix the other ingredients but once you add the castile soap, use a spoon to stir it in. 

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