this thread hasn't been bumped in a while so i'm bumping for new ideas from everyone
i'm still using coconut oil for cleansing and moisturizing my face and body; love Aloe & Almonds deodorant (thanks E) and over the last year or two i've just about broken my Lush habit, though Jason recently found a bar of Karma shampoo in one of our travel bags and we're both enjoying that. been using Seventh Generation dish washer detergent but i think we'll start making our own after i re-read this thread and saw some suggestions for that.
so, one big question: we started making our own laundry detergent about a year ago and i have a question for those who make their own: what purpose does the bar soap serve? Borax i know is a whitener, and washing soap is for cleaning and brightening. we've been making our own using just those two items with a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil added, and it works fine on all but the worst messes. so why do most recipes call for bar soap too? i have a sensitivity to most bar soaps so we just skip it.