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I Tried It… DIY Body Wash

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I recently tried DIY body wash from the blog “One Good Thing by Jillee” — here is the link to her directions.  Some might say this method is cheating… after all, you are creating soap from soap.  But a bar of soap just doesn’t compare to the lathering effect of a body wash. Am I right? And besides… I am so not a fan of sharing a bar of soap, even with the hubs!

The blog lists two different methods to make body wash.  One method involves grating soap as shown in my picture below.  This method totally counts as your daily exercise because it is one heck of an arm workout! But the grated soap melts and blends very nicely in the pot of water, so the work is worth the results. For the record, I also tried the no-grate method and it did not turn out well for me.  The soap clumped when I poured it into my hot water.

DIY Soap
It takes approximately 5 minutes to grate each bar

For my experiment, I used two bars of soap and four cups of water. This equation resulted in just over 32 oz of body wash. I was able to fill up my existing body wash container and still have reserve for at least another 1/2 bottle.

DIY Body Wash
Here is the liquid soap – it does solidify more after it cools. The texture is almost the same as pre-made body wash.

I purchased my Dove bars of soap from the Dollar Tree….and if you must ask, yes, sigh, they were $1 each. I know you can find bars cheaper when buying in bulk and with coupons.

Anyway, a year supply of DIY Dove body wash will cost approximately $20. A year supply of pre-made Dove body wash will cost you around $50.  So, okay….it isn’t huge savings, but a savings nevertheless. And projects like this keep my mind doing something different than the 9-5 job.

Love Dove, but want to save some money? Check out this to create your own body wash!

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