Pancakes for dinner, soap for dessert

Pancakes for dinner, soap for dessert

I’m one of those people who still get’s childishly excited about their birthday, and I’m sorry about that, but I just can’t help it. I spent the day doing just what I wanted: I went to the Noordermarkt where I bought a beautiful little vase, had cake at Winkel, and got supplies for today’s pin: a tutorial on how to make your own hand soap. The actual execution of said pin had to wait until after dinner (pancakes, yay! sorry – I repeat: very childish about my birthday.) for I spent the rest of this gloriously sunny day outside in the garden. Pulling out weeds. Loved it.

The tutorial I pinned called for Castille soap as the base. Actually – that tutorial is not really a “how to make your own hand soap” and more of a “get some neutral soap and then add some essential oils to make it smell nice”. I looked a little further and I actually found these (Dutch) instructions on how to make your own soap. Castille soap, or soap in general, is oil mixed with lye and you make lye by mixing natrium hydroxide (draincleaner) with water. However, after you mix the lye with the oil the soap needs to harden out and it takes about six weeks before it’s safe to use. I didn’t want to wait 6 weeks so I decided to take short cut with these instructions on how to made liquid soap from soap bars.

So here are the supplies for this more or less put-together pin of the day:


  • not pictured: boiled water (I didn’t bother with filtered water, I’m planning on using this right away)
  • bar of soap (this one already had glycerin so I didn’t have to add any).
  • vitamin E oil
  • sweet almond oil
  • tea tree oil
  • lavender oil
  • grater, measuring cup, saucepan.

The liquid soap tutorial says to use 1 part of soap to ten parts water. I started by grating the soap:grate soap

The soap dispenser I made a few weeks ago only holds about 2.5 cups of liquid so I didn’t make as much as the recipe provides for. I grated the soap until had about a quarter cup of grated soap, which looks a lot like parmesan…

add to pot

…I added boiled water (2.5 cup)…

add water

…and mixed.


The liquid soap has to be cold before you can add the essential oils so I cooled down the mixture au-bain-marie. When it cools down it gets thicker and turns white.

au bain marie

I used that first tutorial I mentioned for the amounts of essential oils to be mixed in:

  • 1 tbl sp of Vitamin E oil
  • 1 tbl sp of sweet almond oil
  • 15 drops of tea tree oil
  • 5 drops of lavender oil


I couldn’t find bottled Vitamin E oil so I got these capsules…


…and cut them open to get the vitamin E oil out. When I had about a teaspoon of oil I decided that was going to have to be enough (that stuff is expensive!) and just added some more sweet almond oil to make up for it.

I mixed in the oils, and filled the jar:


Voila! Home made liquid hand soap in my DIY soap dispenser. So. Proud.

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