In this family of many allergies we ran into a problem of sorts: My son (allergic to all milk and egg products from any living creature) ran out of his very expensive organic vegan body wash. Times are tough for us right now and we couldn't really afford a $16 bottle of soap that only lasts maybe 3 weeks so I bought a bar of some organic vegan bar soap that was on sale for $2 at the natural food store (score!) and started researching how to stretch my $2 find. What I found was this article which explained a very simple way to turn an 8oz bar of soap into a whole gallon of body wash! Although the original post used a completely different type of bar soap, I thought I'd wing it and hope for the best. My soap was only 2.75oz but made up for it in the promise of organic, chemical-free cleanliness:
I followed these instructions at first (altering the ratios for my small bar) but after 12+ hours my soap did not set, quick thinking and a hatred of being wasteful encouraged me to keep at it. "what can I add to thicken this up? You can thicken gravy with cornstarch or flour but those may irritate the skin....." I thought to myself, searching through my cupboards "Bingo!" My eyes had landed upon a box of instant oatmeal and I got to work. I ended up grinding the oatmeal into a fine powder with a old fashioned mortar and pestle and added 3 cups to my pot of watery soap, after bringing it back to a boil I put it on low heat until it started to thicken while occasionally stirring (just like gravy) After it was thick enough I stuck it in the fridge until it was completely cooled then transferred it to a couple spare bottles and voilá! I had one completely full bottle of natual, chemical free, moisturizing body wash that the whole family can use! I used this on my son for bath time tonight and not only did he get squeaky clean (and it has a thick lush lather) but his skin was so soft! Can't wait to use it on myself!