As a gardener, I spend a lot of time working outside. And since I don’t like to wear gloves, my hands can get really dirty. So I wind up washing them quite often, which is hard on my skin and tends to leave me with chapped and cracked hands and fingers. If this sounds familiar, I’m guessing I’m not the only one with this problem. Fortunately I have a solution: homemade hand soap that is tailor made for hard-working hands!
This is our latest creation in hand soaps. The base recipe has lanolin for its emollient properties, and castor oil for its moisturizing qualities and its contribution to a fluffy, long-lasting lather. It features patchouli and a blend of citrus essential oils for a fresh, clean scent.
For this soap, super fine pumice and orange peel powder provide scrubbing action for dirty hands. Here we are using the pumice at a rate of 1 teaspoon per pound of oils. You can increase this for more scrubbing power, or use a bit less. The pumice and orange peel powder are available from soap supply stores and online merchants such as Bramble Berry, Wholesale Supplies Plus and Majestic Mountain Sage.
We poured this batch into a round silicone mold that makes 5 oz bars. The one pound (oil weight) recipe filled 5 of the rounds.
Please refer to the cold process instructions here if you are new to making soap. Always take the proper safety precautions (we wear rubber gloves and goggles when mixing and making the soap). And for more recipes and information, check out my wife’s Soap Recipe page.