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Monday, August 6, 2012

Making Liquid Soap From a Bar

Hellooooo friends, long time no post!!! Mr. B and I have been roaming the country having some pretty great summer adventures. In the last six weeks we've been to South Dakota, Key West, Las Vegas, and W. Virginia... I'm exhausted :/ But now we're back and I'm excited to catch up on some "taking on"!!! 

I saw a pin on Pinterest a few months ago for making liquid soap from a bar. I love this idea. I am simply ob-seeeeesssssed with Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Lavender soap. It all began when I visited my dear friend, Mrs. V, in San Francisco this spring and saw the unassuming soap dispenser sitting on her bathroom counter. The minute that fresh, lavendery smell came wafting up through the bubbles, I was hooked. It's like a love affair with a scent. But as obsessed as I am with the soap, I am not quite as obsessed with its obscene price tag. I mean really, you want me to pay over $6 for hand soap?!? Ok, so I do but I don't like it one bit! When I saw this post it really piqued my interest, since you can buy a bar of Mrs. Meyers for around $4 and the recipe says it yields a WHOLE GALLON of soap :D YAAAY for me and my olfactory system!!! The recipe is pretty basic:

What you need
  • Cheese grater
  • 8oz bar of soap (I used a 4oz bar and the scent wasn't as strong as I would have liked for it to be)
  • 2 tablespoons liquid glycerin (Here's a fun fact, I checked FOUR, count 'em four, stores for liquid glycerin and nada... save yourself some time and order it online!!!)
  • 1 gallon distilled water
Step 1: Grate your bar of soap
 Step 2: Add grated soap to gallon of distilled water

 Step 3: Stir over medium heat until soap melts.

 Step 4: Add glycerin to mixture.
Step 5: Let sit for 10-12 hours
 Step 6: Stir soap, if it's too thick use a hand mixer and a little bit of water to reach the desired soapy consistency!

Funnel the soap back into the distilled water container and voila you have a WHOLE GALLON of your favorite suds :)

Personalize your soap scents by adding perfume or essential oils! You can also buy fun little dispensers and create your own soaps for party favors or Holiday gifts. 


  1. U should be able to get liquid glycerin @ a Pharmacy. Micheals crafts usually has glycerin.

  2. Well done! I need to do this as I prefer to buy the more expensive, free of all crap soaps - and it's too spendy!