Originally I needed to remake this recipe for our ‘Natural Soap Bath Bars – DIY’ because a few people had pointed out the recipe was not working, which means I made an error while typing it out. I apologize profusely. Of course I can’t locate a hard copy. (I’ll keep looking) So in the meantime, I decided I better try to figure out what went wrong. (I’ve fixed the original post)
For this recipe I only had half of what the original called for in Dr. Bronners Natural Soap. (US) & put what I thought I must have meant in coconut oil & it was still much softer (and stickier) than the original batch. I left it to sit for a while & it firmed up, then I put it in moulds & left it to dry overnight. (it was still a bit damp this morning so they’ll need more drying time) I left the last batch out for several days (away from humidity) until they were completely solid.
Though these have natural soap in them, they wont provide bubbles in the tub. They are mostly for a luxurious soak. (or pretty gift) They’re kind of like bath bombs without the bomb. Baking soda is beneficial in the tub as it can help soften water & balance pH levels. It’s also good at helping ease some skin issues. (You could also add salts to these for extra benefits)
Here’s a list from Just Health about the benefits of bathing with Baking Soda. There’s also some warnings and precautions listed so be sure to read them as well.
We’ve added lavender to this recipe which is awesome at soothing and calming, promotes rest & relaxation & has many natural benefits. Here’s a great post about the benefits of lavender baths as well as links to a ton of recipes using lavender in your bath products.
What You’ll Need for this version:
- 1 1/2 (one and a half) cups of Baking Soda
- 1 cup of corn starch
- 1/3 cup of Dr. Bronners Natural Soap. (US)
- Coconut Oil (I used 1/4 cup and it was a bit wetter than I’d like so again, I’d say start with 2 spoonfuls of melted coconut oil and if a little more is needed, then add it in)
- a handful or so of Lavender Buds
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- Mixing Bowl
- Parchment Paper or wax paper
- Whisk or Spatula
- Silicone Moulds (similar ones here: CA / US
In a large mixing bowl, measure out your corn starch & baking soda.
Pour melted coconut oil, and soap onto dry ingredients. Mix with a whisk until it starts to form a dough. If you’re adding essential oils you can mix them with the coconut oil and pour into the mixture.
When a dough starts to form, use your hands to knead into a consistent dough. (Use gloves if you’re gifting) If it’s too sticky, you can add a bit more dry ingredients or if it’s too dry, add in a bit more soap or oil. You don’t want it so dry that it’s cracking when you try to form it, but not so sticky that you can’t roll it.
Push firmly into your moulds and leave to dry at least overnight or until they’re solid. (away from humidity) I’ve kept mine out several days.
You can wrap them in cling wrap for gifting or keep them in a jar for pretty decor.
Crumble under running water until dissolved. Soak up the nourishing benefits.
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