Rather than spending an exorbitant amount of money buying perfumed hand soaps, try making your own at very little cost to yourself and the environment. While I’ve never been opposed to hand-cleaning snobbery, luxury soap brands can be just as detrimental to your microbiome as their synthetic counterparts. Regardless of price, most brands on the market are filled with carcinogens and other unsavory chemicals disguised as “natural” ingredients with limited government regulation. For more information, please visit the Environmental Working Group’s searchable database of toxic ingredients in cosmetic and personal care products.
Fortunately, Castile soap, which originated in the Castile region of Spain, is an organic cleaning agent made entirely from vegetable oils including coconut, olive, hemp, and jojoba. This liquid detergent is the perfect base for inventing dynamic, fragrant cleansers that are safe in every capacity.
Castile Hand Soap:
- 1 1/2 cups filtered water
- 2 tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet almond oil
- 20 drops essential oil (lavender, peppermint, rosemary, bergamot, tea tree, etc.)
Mix together the ingredients and pour into a soap dispenser.