Reposted with permission from Lea Harris of Nourishing Treasures.
Finding soap without a lot of additives can be difficult. Many soaps include fragrances and irritants that can cause problems for those who are sensitive. Other soaps may be too drying, requiring moisturization after you wash.
First, here is the recipe. Below you will find many uses for this soap.
Lea’s Easy All-Purpose Natural Soap Recipe
- Slice 1 lb. block of Olive Oil Soap Base into 1-2″ pieces.
- Place soap pieces in an old saucepan, stirring gently until melted.
- If you want, now is the time to add essential oils.15 drops of essential oil of your choice (I like Lavender or Peppermint) should do it. Stir gently.
- Pour directly into soap molds.
- Let set several hours, or overnight.
Keep in mind this soap is concentrated – a little goes a long way. Safe for babies and those with sensitive skin
Skin: I have discovered, as with many skin care products, that in order to be sure what I’m putting on my skin is safe, I simply need to make it myself. That is why I love this soap. I get cleaning power, and moisturization. This is an all-body soap, gentle enough for your face, and great for use with shaving.
Hair: I use this as a shampoo, and love the results – shiny, silky hair. To use:Rub the soap across a wet hand just a couple of times, then rub both hands together and lather well. Apply to hair, particularly to any areas that tend to be greasy for you (as in ends or scalp). As this soap is alkaline, you will need an acidic agent, such as apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to balance it out. Think of the soap as a shampoo, and vinegar/lemon juice as the conditioner.
Babies: This is the only soap I will use in my daughter’s bath. I don’t have to worry about it setting on her skin or being occasionally swallowed while playing with her bath toys.
Soap scum: This soap is a must-have for bathrooms. It makes shower and tub clean-up a breeze. To use: Rub soap across wet sponge a couple of times. Wipe down shower/tub. Re-apply as needed. When done, rinse with water. No scrubbing required!
Stains: I have actually gotten out stubborn stains with this soap. To use: Wet the stained area, then take your bar of soap and rub soap across stain once or twice. Massage soap in until you get a nice lather, then rinse the stain out with cool water.
Greasy pans/stoves: Because “like removes like” oil-based soap is great for greasy jobs. Use on your stove, or for cleaning greasy pots and pans, as you would any other cleaner. A little goes a long way!
Please don’t forget to let me know how this works for you.
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