You guys. I’m really excited to SHARE my latest creation with you… (Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post!)
Bar Soap To-Go!
The inspiration for this portable bar soap was actually my workplace. (My workplace outside the home, that is). It has some of the most harsh and awful soap available that man or machine has ever dispensed. I swear it can peel a layer off your skin in seconds flat. I wanted to have some of my homemade soap at work, but I would need to keep it on my person since it is a rather large workspace I share with over 100 employees. Carrying a bar of soap is just messy and well, inconvenient. I have never mastered, or even attempted the fine (meticulous) art of making my own liquid soap, so carrying a small vial of that was out. Frankly, I leave making liquid soap to the pros like Marie over at Humblebee and Me. DH and I do have fun making bar soaps though, and the other day I was inspired to order some push tubes and give convenient, mess-free, portable bar soap a try. There had to be a way, right?
The result was so fun and easy, it’s a wonder that we didn’t do this earlier! We made a simple soap of lard, coconut oil, olive oil, and coconut milk and poured it into the push tubes. We used the hot process method, so the soaps were ready for my next day of work. When I ordered the push tubes, Bramble Berry sent me a free sample of their lavender and cedar fragrance oil, so we decided to give this soap a lavender color using alkanet root to match the lavender scent.
For more info on using alkanet root to color, read my post about Ruby Lip Tint.
I used the tip from this tutorial and sprayed the inside of my tubes with alcohol to ensure glide. I’m not sure if that was necessary at all, but my end result was great with an easy first push of the soap, so when I make this again, I will probably still use the alcohol. (I’m no chemist, and don’t claim to be anything close to it. But, I can follow directions well 😉 )
These tubed soaps were easy to make. I’ll highlight the steps:
Bar Soap To-Go
- Order push tubes from Bramble Berry (I am not affiliated with them in any way. They are just a nice local-ish company I use for soap supplies)
- Select your favorite soap recipe; hot or cold process, and begin making your homemade soap
(Here is a tutorial on homemade soaps for further reading)
- Prepare the tubes by spraying with alcohol and making sure the push mechanism is all the way down
- Scoop finished soap recipe into the tubes and tap down hard on the counter top several times to settle the soap and release air pockets.
- Allow to cool and “cure” on the counter top with the lid off for several days
**Alternatively, if making homemade soap is not for you, this concept would work great with melt and pour soap base. You can find the kits on Amazon. It really is as easy as “melt and pour” here are a few kits to check out:
and here for just the melt and pour base when no kit is necessary. Ideal for those with their own essential oils to scent or clays, micas, etc for colorants:
That’s it! Easy peasy. I’ll share the recipe for the lavender soap at a later date; but for now, I’d love to share some push tube soaps with you! I’ll send two (U.S.) readers of Sustain, Create and Flow each one Bar Soap To-Go. The tube is about 3″, and holds 1 ounce of soap. The soap is lavender in color with a lavender and cedar scent. It’s dreamy.
All you have to do is enter the Giveaway below!
(Sorry, Global Friends, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only)
Recommended Reading on Soap-Making:
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Disclaimer: I am giving away these products handmade by me in my own home at my own expense. Please do not enter if you are highly sensitive to specific ingredients or are allergic. I cannot be held responsible in the event of an adverse reaction.