It turns out that my husband's own marketing campaign was successful. He knew exactly how to appeal to my practical tendencies. Aside from resisting any product that contains ingredients that are proven be carcinogenic, as well as hormone disruptors...quite frankly, I'm cheap.
And so it began. We use this simple recipe for both our hair and our bodies. I've also been using it to bathe our dogs and they smell so fresh after their baths!
For this recipe, you'll need:
1 bar of Kirk's Original Coco Castile Soap, grated
6 cups of water
several drops of vegetable glycerin (optional, for added moisture retention)
- Heat the water on the stove, but do not boil. While your water is heating, grate your bar soap. I like to use my Salad Shooter, which makes the job of grating go much more quickly. The bar soap is fairly soft, so a manual grater would work well also.
- Add your grated soap to the water and stir until dissolved. This process only takes five minutes at the most. Remove from heat after the soap is dissolved.
- Allow to cool before adding the vegetable glycerin and/or essential oil. This step is completely optional. My husband and I both have middle-aged hair, and as it grays it becomes coarse. To counteract the coarseness and keep it smooth, we like to add the glycerin. As far as essential oils, we opted out because we actually like the pure, clean smell of the Kirk's soap.
- Transfer to a container of your choice. We recycle a pump type dispenser to use for our soap. One recipe has brought us 30 days of daily use. Your soap will be very thin and will gradually thicken as it ages. Coconut has antibacterial properties, so no preservatives are needed.
Just a note: Any castile soap will work. We chose Kirk's because of the simple, natural ingredients and the price. On sale, a bar of this soap will cost less than $1. I order other products frequently from iHerb and Swanson, so my shipping is usually free. Kirk's has also been spotted from time to time in Dollar Tree stores in the Southeast. You could also substitute any castile bar soap for this recipe, but the other "name brand" castile soap (bearing the name of a certain Doctor) has a higher price per bar and fundamental beliefs of the company do not align with our family's.