Making Liquid Soap with Liquid Crystal Concentrate
Today I am going to share with you how to use Stephenson's Liquid Crystal Concentrate to make a batch of moisturizing liquid hand soap in under 10 minutes!
Today I am going to share with you how to use Stephenson’s Liquid Crystal Concentrate to make a batch of moisturizing liquid hand soap in under 10 minutes!
But what IS Liquid Crystal Concentrate, you ask? Great question. Liquid Crystal Concentrate is a concentrated blend of surfactants that can be used to make shampoos, bubble baths, and liquid hand washes. It can be diluted with water in order to produce a thinner liquid or it can be thickened with a salt solution. In other words, you can make a range of body care products from one single concentrate!
Since this was my first time experimenting with Liquid Crystal Concentrate, I decided to start with a simple moisturizing liquid hand soap. I made enough to fill a pint-sized mason jar that I had turned into a soap dispenser.
Here are the ingredients I used:
- Approx. 3/4 cup Liquid Crystal Concentrate
- Softened Water
- 1/2 Tablespoon Almond Oil
- 1 heaping Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- Soap Fragrance Oil
- Soap Colorants (optional)
- Salt – used to thicken the liquid
First, measure out your Liquid Crystal Concentrate, (you really don’t need much it’s super concentrated)
The base is a clear, unscented liquid that is fairly viscous, with a consistency somewhere between honey and olive oil, the first step is to dilute the Liquid Crystal Concentrate pretty much 60 / 40 (Soap/Water) with Softened water.
Next, add your almond oil. Now, Liquid Crystal Concentrate is moisturizing as-is, but I decided to add a dash of almond oil since it known to be great for the skin.
Note: I added probably closer to 3 Tablespoons of almond oil when I originally made this, but I recommend adding a bit less (maybe 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon) since I found my almond oil wanted to separate (as most oils like to do) from my other liquids. This only seemed to happen after many hours of leaving my hand soap sitting still. A quick shake was all I needed for everything to be re-mixed properly and it has yet to separate again. Reducing your almond oil to 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon should resolve this issue, so just don’t add to much!
Now this is when things got interesting: Once I added my almond oil and stirred, my mixture turned white! This was a happy surprise, since I wanted an opaque liquid soap anyway and wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish this.
Next, I added my coconut oil. I love the smell of coconut oil! It is great for the skin and about 100 other things, so it seemed like a great addition to my liquid soap.
From there, all that was left to do was add fragrance and color! I eventually decided on a honey almond fragrance oil that would pair perfectly with another soap I’ve made. This particular fragrance oil required five drops of oil to every ounce of soap used, but always check the packaging on your fragrance oil to see the recommended amount to add since it varies.
I then added a couple drops of yellow and 1 drop of red soap colorant to give my soap a creamy colored blush, but you could just as easily leave your soap white!
Then I added a little salt to the liquid mix and warmed whilst mixing in the salt, this then thickened up the liquid to the right viscosity, and that’s all there is to it!
I poured my liquid soap into my newly made mason jar soap dispenser and gave it a whirl. Usually even the most moisturizing of liquid soaps leave my hands feeling dry (as a native of the deserts of Arizona, I am particularly sensitive to dry skin…), but this soap felt amazing.
I hope you enjoyed this soap tutorial! Stay tuned for more :)
Gabby is a creative lifestyle blogger located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She blogs over at Essentially Eclectic.