Houston: We have thickening.
Yesterday, I told you about my troubles with soap soup, my little liquid bodywash recipe that yielded a right foamy concoction that had the consistency of … bottled water (read about it HERE). Even though the mixture was thinner than a rice cracker, it worked quite swimmingly as a nice hand soap, but things didn’t go as well in the bathtub. I had read that the soap can double as a bodywash, so I poured some on my washcloth and prepared to go to work.
Shocker – it failed. It was like scrubbing with a Brillo pad – no smooth foam, no soap suds, just the harsh texture of water and washcloth. Naturally, I continued dumping more of my soup on the washcloth to create some semblance of soap (because if this recipe is anything like my BS shampoo, more will absolutely work…). In the end, I managed to create a few suds and a nice-smelling cleanse. Plus, I’m sure the skin on my arms will grow back.
I have read on Savvy Housekeeping that the consistency of your soap mixture can really depend on the kind of bar soap you use in the first place. At first, I assumed it must be the Dr. Bronner’s, and I had full intentions of remaking the entire concoction yesterday evening with double the bar soap and double the glycerin. However, believe it or not, I came home from work yesterday to find a (somewhat) thickened homemade liquid soap.
But you can never be too sure, so I added a bit more soap and a bit more glycerin.
- ¾ C bar soap (about half a bar); grated
- 5 cups water
- 1.5 tbsp glycerin
This new recipe is currently cooling on the stove, but I’m hoping it will turn into soap rather than soup this time. Of course, if I was hoping for soap, perhaps I should have avoided the stove.