Few things are as relaxing as a long bath during the weekends or after a hard day at work. Bathing is also a great way to prepare yourself for sleep – not only will you be removing the dirt and grime that has accumulated throughout the day, but you will also lower your body temperature, making it more conducive for sleep. For great baths, you need scented liquid bath soaps. Here’s how you can make one.
- Chop. Take glycerin soap bars that are available in most pharmacies, supermarkets, and specialty stores. Chop these into very small pieces, or use a grater to create shavings from the glycerin soap bars. You will need at least half a cup of glycerin soap, which will act as the primary ingredient for the liquid soap.
- Melt. Next, take the glycerin soap shavings and place these in a small cooking pot. Add in about two cups of water into the shavings and open the stove to the lowest setting. Allow the mixture to reach an almost boiling phase. Make sure, however, that you do not excessively boil the mixture, since doing so can separate some of the substances in the glycerin mixture, making it unusable as a liquid soap. Usually ten minutes of very low heat will be enough.
- Mix. You will need two to five grams of borax. Place this into the mixture and dissolve using a spoon. Mix the ingredient well and make sure that the borax does not form clumps in the mixture. The borax should be completely dissolved in order to give maximum cleaning benefits for the soap.
- Add fragrance. To add the scent for your liquid bath soap, you will need to use essential oils of your choice. Generally, twenty up to forty drops of fragrant essential oil will be enough. Place this into the mixture while you stir, so that the drops will infuse through the entire solution thoroughly. You can also adjust the scents to make it lighter or stronger, depending on what suits you best.
- Storage. The scented liquid soap should be allowed to reach room temperature before storing in the bottles, especially since some bottles will break when in contact with hot liquids. Dispensers are the best bottles where you can store the liquid soap, since this will make it easier for you to use the soap. Make sure that you store the liquid away from direct sunlight in order to prevent the soap from curdling. This will usually last for up to three months, after which you will need to dispose of the leftovers and make a new batch.
- Experimenting with scents. You can also add in up to three scents in the liquid bath soap to make a more soothing bath soap. Sandalwood can be the base to which you can add a top note and a base note that will be released in stages as you take your bath.
Coupled with a scented candle and rose petals scattered on the bath water, a luxurious bath that can make any luxury spa run for its money is easy if you have fragrant liquid bath soaps.