Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Drastic measures for dirty hands...
My neighbour at work owns a garage and works on cars all day. As you can imagine, his hands get pretty grimy, so he asked me to come up with something to help. My solution was a 100% babassu oil soap with cornmeal, and it works well. I superfatted it to 15%, but I think you could go as high as 20%.
Babassu can be pricey and difficult to find, but any oil high in lauric acid (such as coconut or palm kernel) can easily be substituted. Cornmeal isn't essential either -- any scrubby substance will do. You could try pumice, finely ground almond or walnut shells, or even powdered fruit rinds.
The lather from a soap this high in lauric acid is amazing, and the cornmeal really ferrets out stubborn dirt. Coupled with a nice shea butter cream or lotion bar, it would make a great gift for the gardener on your Christmas list.
Posted by gracefruit at 9:16 AM