Half-time DIY: The Body Care Review

by Ivory Soap

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I have been in love with the smell of Ivory Soap since college, so no matter how hard I try, I just can’t quit loving it, even in favor of something I make myself.  So, for body and laundry, I still buy it rather than using my own homemade version.  For GIFTS, though, I totally make it myself.

But I still never buy conditioner. If ever I need something in that department, I still reach for dilute apple cider vinegar. I have yet to need real “conditioning” apart from restoring the acid pH of my hair. I can run my fingers right through it.

Also, still DIY is my love affair with baking soda. If ever I need a face scrub, I use baking soda in my cleanser. I use it to brush my teeth. I use it to scrub dirty hands. It’s the best!


The last item is lotion. For an actual skin issue, I much prefer my own lotion bars, but we find that we keep around store-bought lotion anyway. “Rub my feet.” Lotion bars just feel weird for that…

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

janine November 1, 2013 at 5:32 am

Me too! love all these, except I hate ACV! I just use the plain old white stuff. I have actually found that I no longer require conditioner. I do love my homemade soap as a shampoo too!

Wilma Faerber November 2, 2013 at 6:03 am

I can’t believe you use baking soda and vinegar together. They create an explosion. I use it to clean my drains.

Bicks November 2, 2013 at 6:26 am

I’m confused, though, I thought that baking soda neutralized the acid in vinegar – so wouldn’t a baking soda, vinegar mix cancel each other out in a conditioner? I use baking soda for acid reflux sometimes and it works great for that…..

Penny November 5, 2013 at 12:26 am

Its good to reflect on what works for you and what doesn’t. Like you I use bicarb wash for my hair followed by ACV rinse. Works very well. This year I made my first batch of soap (basic tallow). It is the best all purpose soap. It is brilliant on laundry and not at all harsh on skin. I also made toothpaste and the teeth feel clean all day. It is amazing what can be done from the home kitchen.

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