I wanted to try a non-foaming liquid soap this time using the same basic ingredients as the one I have been using – Castile soap, water, olive oil and essential oils. I got a great pump attachment for a mason jar that’s been waiting to be put to good use. I got it at Masonauve, a Canadian company in Ontario that sells lids and accessories to retrofit Mason/Bernardin jars. Many of us have a few already floating around our homes.
The solution for a regular pump dispenser needs to be thicker so that it won’t run down the pump. I did a bit of research and found that you could change the consistency by adding salt. Who knew? I tried this and it does work! I didn’t add too much so it only slightly thickened it.
Essential oils aren’t necessary but they do add a nice natural fragrance and depending on the oil it can add some beneficial properties. This time I thought bergamot oil might be a nice addition. I love the calming smell and it’s one that I have been reaching for a lot lately. It speeds healing of scratches on skin and is great for reducing inflammation and soothing irritated skin.
- 1 cup distilled or boiled water
- 4 tbsp castile soap
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 15 (approx) drops essential oils
I find you can play around with amounts a bit. Start with fewer drops of oil and try it out. You can easily add more to your bottle.