First I do encourage you to find "real" soap for this...most commercial soaps available aren't soap, just detergents (Ivory is a good easy found alternative...at least from what I've heard, although I haven't checked the ingredients. It also has a pretty strong scent and you might have to get creative with essential oil scents there and Kirk's Castile soap is good :). Some ideas for additions to you new soap?
- Herbs...Calendula and Lavender are ALWAYS good choices there.
- Tea...like in the tea bags, not the liquid form (my sister-in-law LOVED the tea soaps I made for using on her feet as it had just enough exfoliating power to scrub down callouses)
- Coffee grounds (coffee soap is great for the kitchen to get nasty smells off your hands)
- Essential oils (watch these as some, like clove oil, aren't recommended for use when pregnant or nursing)
- Get Creative!
- Old frozen juice concentrate containers (with one end still on, of course, and well washed, double of course).
- Old Refrigerated Paper Juice Containers and/or milk containers (well washed, just the bottoms cut off about 3 or so inches from the bottom or so so you have a nice "box" to contain the soap in, get it?)
- Rubbermaid or Gladware Containers (it'll give you an odd, "not square" look but it'd work just fine)
- Mold it into balls (not my fave as it's hard to hold onto a ball of soap when it's wet)
- Store bought soap molds and/or chocolate molds (if you want to get creative)