Liquid soap is always a lie. I don’t care if it’s transparent or lotion-y looking. It always boasts about its amazing moisturizing properties. It never, ever lives up to its boasting. It is always mediocre and also kind of snot-like in texture. I can do better. And I did.

What makes this liquid soap different from ever other liquid soap on the planet is that it is lotion first, soap second. It is primarily an emulsion spiked with all kinds of great, moisturizing oils, and then the water has soap dissolved in it. Brilliant, if I do say so myself.

I used a bunch of soap scraps—predominantly coffee soap, which explains the final colour and little flecks of coffee grounds.

This comes together pretty easily. The only challenge is making the emulsion without getting the soap too foamy. Just be gentle and work slowly—there’s nothing to it. I used some tiny little scraps of soap I had leftover in my basement from my soapmaking. The scraps were all around a year old, so they were nice and dry, which is just what you want, otherwise the soap will gum up your coffee grinder. If your soap isn’t dry enough, dry it out in the oven at 200°F for a while.

Now you’ve got the best moisturizing hand soap you’ve ever had. You’re welcome 😉

Moisturizing Liquid Soap

13g avocado oil
5g olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada) (I used calendula infused)
7g e-wax
2g Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)72g distilled water
20g solid soap, chopped and then finely ground
3g vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada)

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Melt the oils and emulsifying wax together in a small pan over low heat. Remove from heat when the wax is melted.

In another pan, heat the water and glycerin. Dissolve the soap into the water, keeping the pan over low heat. Don’t let it boil, or it will foam up. Slowly squash and mash the soap that needs help being dissolved.

Once the soap is dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool. Re-melt the oils if needed and begin slowly whisking the soap water into the oils, taking care not to suds it up.

Once all the soap water is incorporated, decant into a soap pump bottle or just a normal bottle. Use like normal soap. Voila!