My love of gardening knows no bounds. None. As in, I’ll never be able to eat all of the tomatoes I’ve got going on at the moment. Luckily, I’ve been trying my hand at making my own beauty products, a great use of some of my bumper crops. After perfecting a Beet Lip Gloss, Cucumber Body Butter, Purple Potato Face Mask and Thai Chili Muscle Rub, I decided to attempt my first soap. Check out my video here to learn now to make your own refreshing Tomato Basil Soap.
Laurie’s Recipe for Garden Tomato Basil Soap
2 Fresh Tomatoes
3 1” Cubes of Melt & Pour Glycerin Soap Base
2 TBSP Rubbing Alcohol in small spray bottle
1 TSP Red Wine Vinegar
1 TBSP Baking Soda
5 Fresh Basil Leaves
5 Drops Vitamin E Oil
10 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- Juice 2 fresh tomatoes. You will need to save both the juice and the pulp.
- Finely chop the basil leaves and set aside.
- In a microwave-safe dish, heat the glycerin cubes in 15 second increments until it is completely melted.
- Quickly remove mixture from the microwave and add 2 TBSP fresh tomato juice and 2 TBSP tomato pulp.
- Quickly add basil, red wine vinegar, vitamin E oil and lemon essential oil. Stir briskly.
- Last, add baking soda and stir again.
- Carefully pour the warm mixture into your soap mold. These can be purchased at any craft store, or you can upcycle a small plastic container of your own.
- Spray the top of the soap completely with the rubbing alcohol to eliminate air bubbles.
- Let sit overnight at room temp until soap has cooled and hardened.
- When it’s completely solid, simply pop the soap out of its mold and start scrubbing!
The vitamin E we’ve added and the natural vitamin C found in tomatoes will act as an antioxidant for your skin. Both vitamins also aid in collagen production and repair, causing your skin to look smoother and more glowing.
Did you know basil is a natural anti-bacterial agent? What a great way to get clean, healthy skin without the harsh chemicals — and it smells amazing!
Also, that little bit of baking soda we’ve added will act as a natural exfoliate. This soap will help you to get rid of dead skin cells and will leave you with fresh-scented, healthy skin.
Let me know if you give it a try! If you like getting your hands dirty in the garden as much as I do, you’re going to be using it all the time.