my husband and i have a fondness for mrs. meyer’s soft soap. we used to purchase it just when we needed a pick-me-up but then we became so attached we began adding it to the grocery list on a regular basis. if anyone has used any of the mrs. meyer’s products i don’t need to tell you that they aren’t cheap, so when i saw the recipe for soft soap using a bar of mrs. meyer’s as a base floating around on pinterest, i repinned immediately and decided to give it a try.
when i had assembled my ingredients, i discovered that pinterest had eaten my pin so a quick google search soon revealed that there are many recipes out there. the one that i chose used a bar of mrs. meyer’s soap, one gallon of water, and 2T of glycerin.
since the recipes are so easy to come by i won’t repost here. suffice it to say the soap is grated, heated in a large stock pot with the water and the glycerin and allowed to cool. the prep was super easy and came together very quickly ~ well within an hour.
i noticed on some posted recipes, there were comments that the soap was very thin when completed. i found this to be true. it did resemble skim milk both in consistency and appearance. the key here is to allow it to cool for a significant length of time. after it has cooled, it does have somewhat of a lumpy appearance and i did need to whisk it before pouring it into the dispenser.
my thoughts on the finished product:
~this is a $ saver and one i will definitely be using on a regular basis however:
~the scent is not as strong, and i have to say that is one of the reasons i loved mrs. meyer’s soap. the scents are so clean and unique. i can still smell lemon verbena though, and considering the savings i’m willing to overlook this tiny flaw.
~the consistency is still not the same as the original. perhaps it was the amount of glycerin used (i saw other recipes calling for just 1T) but it seems a bit slimey and often times a drop is left on the pump after use which can make a mess on the countertop.
~after whisking the soap to pour it into the dispenser, i poured the rest into a gallon milk jug for later use. it promptly solidified. not rock solid. more like cream of wheat. how i will get it out when we need it next remains to be seen. :/
~one blog recommended giving the final product as inexpensive gifts. um. no. don’t do that. this isn’t *that* great. if you want to give soap as a gift my suggestion is to make it from scratch. sorry.
bottom line: if you have a free hour one afternoon and want to save some $ give it a try; it works.