Body Wash: Hippie Style


My latest hippie adventure has to do with body wash. I’ve been making it for quite some time, but ran out months ago and never made the effort to make more. Until now!

I don’t make body wash because regular stuff makes my skin super dry or because of certain chemicals I’m afraid of. The novelty of it is just fun, and I like making my own things. That’s partly why I’ve made my own laundry detergent too! Here’s how I do body wash:

1. Procure soap.

I don’t know what the name of this one is, but it’s my favorite! It’s Olay brand and comes in a yellowish-orange package with coconuts on it. Smells divine and is wonderfully moisturizing. You can get it for $1/bar, but could get lesser quality bars for cheaper (or this one with coupons).



2. Grate or cut soap into small chunks.

This is surprisingly easy to do! I grate it until I get to the end then cut it up (see first picture up there) so I don’t grate my hand off.



3. Add to pot with ~2 cups water, and turn up heat to medium.

Different bar soaps will come to a different consistency, and that’s been the hardest part. This particular bar comes out thin – kind of like a thin cream. Feel free to experiment with water amounts!



4. Stir until soap chunks have disappeared, then let sit.

A whisk works nicely, but you can use any ol’ spoon. Or an oar. Whatever stirring agent you have lying around that won’t melt. Turn off the heat and let it sit for a while is what I read online, but I haven’t found the point behind that. I strained mine into a heat-proof bowl and let it cool so it wouldn’t melt my container.



5. Viola! Prepare for storage & use.

I made 6 batches of this at one, so it made about 2.5 liters, or an orange juice container full, however you’d prefer to measure. Since it is somewhat thin, I put some in a spray bottle for regular use. If you want it thicker, I would suggest looking into different types of recipes with glycerin or castile soap.


Sound super weird? I dare you to try it! This bar is moisturizing and smells heavenly, AND lasts a long time! If you’re into more au natural things, you can use a natural soap or whatever bar fits your preference. Let me know if you have questions or a different hippie project I could try out.

To Life,





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Hippie Fail

Today marks the most recent installment of my hippie adventures.

In doing research on homemade items, I came across this compilation of hair care attempts. Cheap homemade stuff! Cool! I regularly use a bit of mousse in my hair to tame down frizziness and then a bit of spray gel to hold it in place. With short-ish hair it doesn’t take long, and in the mornings a couple sprays of water will restore my hair to a presentable condition. So I just use the products after showering.

Anyway, on to the adventure. I read that boiling flax seeds in water and straining it creates a gel. So naturally I went to search Walmart for flax seeds which was an adventure because wouldn’t you know? People in Atchison are not health nuts who have a high demand for this stuff. I did find it eventually near the flour.

So today I used the ratio prescribed. I boiled and simmered. The post I read had the picture below, which looked pretty legit.

Couldn’t be hard, huh?

Buuuuuut it doesn’t turn out the same if you use milled flax seeds. *AHEM* Want evidence?

Boiled goop
“Straining” doesn’t work when it stays inside
Well, it was the consistency of snot like she said!
Ah, gel with flax particles. How natural!

It did not turn out so well. As you can see, it contains many small particles of flax which would probably not be a splendid thing to put in my hair. I’ll have to search Atchison for whole flax seeds, and in the meantime will have to figure out what to do with this milled stuff! I discovered that flax is also known as linseed (ever heard of linseed oil?) and tastes like walnuts. It’s a natural source of omega-3’s and other healthy stuff. Yay for trying new things!

Until next time.



7 Quick Takes – Vol. 51: Down Syndrome, Hippies, and Meditation

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

You can read my post about it here, and here is my article about my brother Robert that I wrote last year.

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Life is pretty awesome right now. I got back from my spring break mission trip last weekend and this week we’ve had lovely weather. My second christian moral life exam went fabulously. My laundry is done (now I just have to fold it . . .). I’ve been trying hard to stay on top of things and have cut back my computer usage rather a lot. It’s been glorious 🙂 Yoga started this week (it’s a quarter class, not semester) which has been fun. My balance is not the best, but it’s been neat to discover that I’m much stronger than I have been in the past. Time will tell how my opinion on yoga will pan out, but for now it feels like less intense pilates.

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I never get tired of this video. Well, the song, not the video. The video is pretty weird.

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This meditation based on Mother Teresa’s writing is super beautiful: “When you give Me your sins, you give Me the joy of being your Savior” Read it!

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I’m back on the hippie bandwagon with the baking soda/apple cider vinegar shampoo/conditioner thing (total cost of probably a year’s supply? $1.52), homemade bodywash, and my detergent. I’m planning to try a weird sounding hair gel alternative soon. Any suggestions for what to try next? I’ve seen things for toothpaste and deodorant, but those seem a little more . . . interesting 😉

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Want to be really nice? A family friend is helping me raise money to cover lost funds from taking an unpaid pro-life internship this summer! Go here to support me and share the link with your friends. Your support is much appreciated, and I’ll be updating you with stories here all throughout the summer!

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Aaaaand now a random awesome video . . .

Have a lovely week! For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Laundry Detergent: Hippie Style

In recent months I’ve experimented with some homemade products in an effort to save money. But I also just really like making my own things and having things be more natural (though I’m totally not a hippie like I’ve been called 🙂 ).

At the end of last summer I did my own shampoo and conditioner using baking soda and apple cider vinegar (which are both dirt cheap). It worked really well and I was happy with it. But the water is so different at school that I stopped using it. I could definitely try it again in different ratios, but had bottles of regular shampoo and conditioner to finish up anyway.

I also made body wash using Olay bar soap which is divine. It smells lovely. And all you do is chop up the bar and dissolve it in water. At first I added too much water and it was too thin. So now I use less and it’s good. I bought a 2-pack of the bars for $3 and have only been using that since. I have enough to last me probably till the beginning of summer. See what I said?!?! Money saver!

My latest installment of hippie experiments comes in the form of laundry detergent. Doing just my own laundry is not very expensive since I’ve really cut back on my wardrobe and do about a load a week (unless I have lots of towels and linens). But I’ll take any kind of savings! Here’s what I did to make the detergent:

1. Buy this stuff


All of them can be found in normal laundry aisles. Want an idea of the price? The Borax was $3.97, Super Washing Soda was $3.24, and the Zote soap was $0.97 for a grand total of $8.18. Read through a little more to see how that adds up to normal detergent.

2. Grate da soap


From what I read online, many people opted to use the Fel-Naptha bar soap which apparently take out stains like a boss. And it’s yellow. How cute is that? This Zote bar sounded good to me at under a dollar for twice the amount of the other one. I forget how much FN was in store, but it was much more pricey for half the amount of soap . . . aaaaanyway. Zote smells slightly of lemon which is delightful (plus it’s easy to grate). I used half the bar.

3. Stir 1 cup Borax and 1 cup Washing Soda into le soap shreds.


I dumped the soap into the dry stuff which made it kind of clumpish and lumpish, so I would recommend doing it the other way around. But just mix it real well and be sure to get an even amount in your scoop when you throw it in the washer.

4. Viola! Put in it an airtight container and you are set. Most people recommended that you use ~1T per load.

And now I’m laughing at myself because in writing this I found that I used twice the amount of soap I needed to.


You actually only need 4.5 ounces of soap, and the giant bar is 14 oz. Now I’m off to go add more Borax and Washing Soda to the mix!

I did two loads of laundry with this to test it out and ohmygoodness I was so happy with it. My laundry has never felt cleaner, and it even smelled lovely (which was partly because of my dryer sheet . . .).

This recipe made a substantial amount which is going to last for months and I still have tons of Borax and Washing Soda, and enough soap for one two more batches. Let’s just say I was pretty excited about all this and my suitemates here thought it was a little lot weird to get so excited over weird awesome stuff. Weeeeell, I say, I’m the one saving money and having adventures making my own stuff.

There you have it! My latest adventure in homemade household items . . . have you ever done anything like this? Any recommendations for my next item to try making?