Thursday, June 24, 2010
For Mother's Day, my daughter Jeanne (Kat's mom), bought me some bars of hand-crafted vegan soap that I believe came from Whole Foods. After a couple of times using it for my body and my hair, I was hooked! I bought a few more bars (pictured...different brand from a different store) and loved those, too.
It took about a month for me to convince Shane to try it, but after one shower, he said we should throw out all of our other soaps and shampoos because the handcrafted soap made him feel truly clean instead of just "covered up with a scent".
So, yay us! We're about to jump off the commercial soap/shampoo/body wash bandwagon. But here's the drawback. Those handcrafted soaps cost $1/per ounce or more! That's more than we want to spend on it. So we're going to start making our own. I'm not sure when we'll make our first batch, but I'm going to start with this recipe and tutorial at the Down To Earth blog. Then I'll probably try another recipe or two, adding some essential oils for fragrance, until we find something that really suits us.
I'm really excited about this. I've been wanting to make soap for some time, but I didn't think I could get Shane on board with it because he was afraid the oils in it would cause his already oily skin to break out. He's finding that just the opposite is true and now he's all for it. He's even agreed to make the first batch with me so that we both know how to do it. I'll keep you posted about when we'll take on this project and how it turns out. (It probably won't happen until after the July 4th weekend.)
Posted by Annie Jones at 6:59 AM