More adventures in hand wash land. All because mine hands don’t cope very well being washed all the time, so this blend is for when I can feel my hands drying out. It’s also moisturising enough for me to use as a body wash.
For some reason, orange and vanilla is one of my favourite combinations. Sweet and tart – just like someone I know ; ) The recipe is for a bigger batch, because I bottled some up for gifts, but feel free to halve it. If you don’t have any orange oil on hand, then the vanilla essence by itself is also pretty darn good and it’s easy to find in the baking section of the supermarket. The only thing to keep in mind is that most vanilla essence has alcohol in it. This doesn’t bother me at these small quantities, but I know some skin types don’t tolerate alcohol at all. If you’re in that category some of the more expensive vanilla bean pastes sold in fancy food shops don’t have alcohol in them. I am a bit smitten with tangerine oil because it’s a bit sweeter than orange, but it’s only really available at online aromatherapy suppliers, like Mountain Rose Herbs -AFF (for those in the US and Canada).
1 bar of soap, grated (125 g or 4.4 oz), ideally a simple Castille soap or similar
2 cups olive oil
8 cups water
1 tblsp glycerine/ glycerin
Peel of 1 orange (optional)
20 Drops tangerine or orange oil (optional)
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
Note: When taking photos for this post, I experimented not doing the recipe in a saucepan. It worked okay, but it’s easier in a saucepan.
How to make the hand wash
Boil the water and orange peel in a saucepan. Turn off the heat, remove orange peel, add the soap and stir until dissolved. Add the olive oil, glycerine, orange oil and vanilla essence. Allow to set for 24 hours. My foam and hand wash stayed separated, so I buzzed it with the hand blender before decanting into the pump bottles, although a good shake would’ve fixed it too. Speaking of which, you will need to shake this hand wash regularly to stop it separating and use it up in six months.
If you’re after a quick homemade hand wash this one is my new favourite!
* Always test products on a discrete spot, before going gung ho. Whilst, we use natural ingredients wherever possible for countless reasons, sadly it’s still possible to be allergic to these ingredients.