Hello and Happy Saturday, Friends! Today I am going to share with you how to make a batch of moisturizing liquid hand soap in under 10 minutes using Liquid Crystal Concentrate by Stephenson Personal Care.
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.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Approx. 3/4 cup Liquid Crystal Concentrate
- 1/2 Tablespoon sweet Almond Oil
- 1 heaping Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- Soap Fragrance Oil
- Soap Colorant (optional)
First, measure out your Liquid Crystal Concentrate. It is a clear, unscented liquid that is fairly viscous, with a consistency somewhere between honey and olive oil.
Next, add your sweet 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Note: I added probably closer to 3 Tablespoons of almond oil when I originally made this, but I recommend adding a bit less (maybe 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon) since I found my almond oil wanted to separate (as most oils like to do) from my other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.
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.
And that’s all there is to it! Since I found myself stuck without a storage solution for my newly made liquid soap, I decided to bust out one of the million mason jars I have lying around and make one of those cute dispensers you see all over Pinterest.
Sadly, I don’t have a lot of power tools lying around my apartment (nor would I have the space to use them). If you find yourself in the same situation, here’s how you can craft a dispenser with just a nail, hammer, and a…screwdriver? Yes, a screwdriver. Whatever works, right?
To make my dispenser, I took a nail I found in one of those picture-frame-hanging sets and hammered a series of holes into the middle of my mason jar lid until I had a hole about the size I needed to fit the dispenser pump. I used a flat-head screwdriver (is that what they’re called?) to awkwardly press flat the jagged edges of metal on the underside of the lid.
Since I didn’t have pliers to remove the jagged edges of metal entirely, and since I didn’t want the jagged metal to produce rust (and it will) when exposed to liquid, I put a thick layer of hot glue over the edges. Doing so also happened to make my dispenser pump fit more snugly.
From here, 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 Arziona, I am particularly sensitive to dry skin…), but this soap felt amazing!
I hope you enjoyed this soap tutorial! Stay tuned for more :)
P.S. DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I will receive a small commission on products purchased through these links at no extra cost to you. I was not compensated to write this post; however, I did receive a free sample of Stephenson’s Liquid Crystal Concentrate to use for this project. Rest assured, I only endorse products and brands I use, trust, and would recommend to a friend! Please see my FAQs and disclosure policy for more information. Thank you for supporting Essentially Eclectic! :)