I first saw this at Crunchy Farm Baby. I really love this blog! I've been meaning to do this since she posted it but wasn't really sure where to get the ingredients. I hadn't been introduced to Hawaii's Down to Earth stores yet, and wasn't big on driving across Honolulu to go to Whole Foods.
(If you're on Oahu the best place for all things natural is Down to Earth. I love this store! It's pricey but for a lot of things this is the only place you'll find it. Try some food from their deli while you're in there, they serve vegan and vegetarian so check it out!)
I finally ran out of the J&J crap that I had bought ages ago, and decided now was the time to act! The supply list is short, which is good for you and for baby's skin!
Foaming soap bottle. I used this old Method soap bottle that I've had laying around. You can find foaming soap bottles at Wal Mart (so I'm told), and at craft stores (although I've never seen these at Ben Franklin's).
- Water (I chose to use distilled water *see below for more*)
- Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Castile Soap
- Vitamin E oil
- Essential Oils (optional)
Here we go...
In the soap bottle combine 1/4 cup of Dr. Bronner's Baby Soap, 3 drops Vitamin E oil, and 10 drops Essential Oils. Crunchy Farm Baby recommends Tea Tree Oil (for cleansing) and Lavender for the smell and calming properties. I didn't have any Lavender on hand unfortunately so I tried Sweet Orange instead. The Sweet Orange has a really faint smell so it's barely noticeable, but still nice.
(I have seen a few comments on other blogger's posts regarding the possible danger of applying lavender and tea tree oil regularly to male babies. I did a little search [and I mean just a little!] and came up with this article. The claim doesn't seem to be too legit, but it's entirely up to you to decide!)
Fill the rest of the bottle with water (distilled or otherwise) and give a little shake to mix it up.
That's it! Wasn't that easy? Now that you have all the ingredients on hand it'll be much easier, cheaper, and safer to make your own soap at home! Try it on yourself and see how you like it!
*I chose to use distilled water because where I live in Hawaii everything seems to mold very, very quickly. Bath toys develop mold and a slimy film after just a week or two, so I figure soap bottles hanging out in the tub wouldn't be immune. If you don't have mold issues then you may not have a problem. If you are worried about mold but don't have distilled water, just boil some tap water then let it sit and cool to room temperature before combining with other ingredients*