I’m a crazy container lady. There, I said it. Friends, relatives, and even my mom’s friends save empties for me and I reuse them. I’ve said time and time again, ‘I don’t want the crap that’s inside, I just want the bottle/spritzer/candle jar/mason jar’, etc. LOL.
Part of it is because I make my own body care products. Part of it is the eco-friend in me. Part of it is because commercial products almost always come in a beautiful, glorious, high quality glass containers and I can’t just part with them (that’s when it really feels like a score!)
Of great value (and one that doesn’t come quite as often as I like) is the foaming soap dispenser. Nothing fancy, just the bath and body works plastic dispensers which are designed (unfortunately) for single use.
The pump is usually the first part to stop functioning – and I can usually do a temp fix for it a couple of times before it really, really breaks down and goes to landfill (I should clarify that the bottle goes to recycling but the pump head is made with mixed materials of metal and plastic – and as such, cannot be recycled.)
But, I digress…because it’s plastic, it’s not ideal – but I’m weary about buying a new glass or stainless steel one because the pumps seem like they’re designed to break down (search ‘planned obsolescence‘ – it’s a real thing with technology, so why not with bathroom accessories?) Not to mention, these ones that family and friends used will otherwise go to garbage, so might as well reuse and extend its life, right?
- water (for longer shelf-life, use distilled. I just use tap water.)
- liquid castille soap
- essential oil(s) (optional – I use about 10-15 drops and my container is a little over a cup)
- Fill the bottle about 3/4 of the way with water
- Fill the rest of it with liquid soap (keep in mind, the pump will also take up space, so to avoid an overflowing situation, don’t fill it up all the way to the top)
- Top with a few drops of essential oil, if using
- Give it a shake and then a couple of pumps to get the liquid up.
- Lavender essential oil would be awesome to use here because of its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties
- Bergamot essential oil would also be kind of great: it’s got a super uplifting, citrusy scent and it’s said to be anti-inflammatory (Mind you, bergamot is photo-reactive, so it should not be left on skin and exposed to sunlight so in my thinking – soap should be ok, right? Because it washes off?)
- One of my favourite blends: Eucalyptus, Sweet Orange, Peppermint (equal amounts – try 5 drops each)
- One of my other favourite blends: Lemongrass, Rosemary, Lemon, Bergamot, and Mandarin (equal amounts – try 5 drops of each)
- If you have bigger soap dispenser, feel free to add more essential oil for its scent