Aaaaand she’s back. Boom. My mother is probably so surprised to see a comeback post that she’s spilling her morning OJ on her computer as we speak.
I know you’re all probably just as excited about MNM’s comeback as you were about the Return of the Spice Girls in 2007/2008, and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to being back on the wagon. However, unlike the Spice Girls, I have no “zig-a-zig-ah.” Sorry, but I’m just not as exciting as Sporty, Posh, Baby, Scary, and Ginger.
“But, MNM, why – after two months and 16 days of silence – did you choose to grace us with a new post on February 7? Why?”
Of course I could have taken any number of opportunities in the past two months and 16 days to make this comeback (and do it at a more leisurely pace), but MNM is a procrastinator. If it’s not due the next day, then it’s not yet time to worry, let alone panic. So it’s only fitting that I should be under the gun during this comeback…under the gun because (SPOILER ALERT!) I’m taking on a new challenge beginning March 1! (And before I take on Challenge 2: Maid Up, I have a few things to finish from Challenge 1).
When I finished Challenge 1 on October 1, 2012, I knew there were a few things still left to do, namely:
- cost analysis on 12 of the 22 products I tested
- updates on 8 of the 22 products I tested
- the “where is she now?” post
- ranking the products
So let’s get down to hand soap. If you remember, I made a pretty successful brew back in September out of Aloe Vera Gel, Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, olive oil, Vitamin E oil, and warm water. The soap works pretty well, although I think I went a little heavy on the olive oil (my mother claims that the only reason she doesn’t use it is because it leaves her hands feeling a little slick, and I must say I think she’s telling the truth, because I’ve noticed a bit of the same).
The soap has been lovingly displayed on the edge of the kitchen sink for about four months (getting occasional use), and we still have some left, so it seems to be a pretty good value. However, I found that my homemade soap is actually more expensive than our regular store-bought variety.
- Equate Antibacterial Hand Soap (7.5 oz) = $0.98
- PER OUNCE = $0.13/oz
- Aloe Vera Gel (12 oz) = $3.97
- Castile Soap (16 oz) = $9
- Olive Oil (16 oz) = $5.44
- Water (I don’t count this)
- Vitamin E Oil (1 oz) = $12.99
- TOTAL (45 oz) = $31.40
- PER OUNCE = $0.70/oz
So you’re paying a little extra for this soap…and you have to make it on your own…and it leaves your hands a little – ummm – glossy. But look at the upside! You don’t buy your soap off the shelf at Walmart, you made it yourself! You’re a rebel! You’re bucking the system! You’re unconventional! You’re a hipster, riding your unicycle to REI in a flannel shirt and vest with a kite attached to the handlebars (even though you have none on your unicycle) and a few literary magazines and a Jack Kerouac novel in the front basket.