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We've been using diluted Dr. Bronners in a foaming dispenser as our main hand soap, and it makes our hands very dry, especially with the weather starting to change. What do you recommend adding to make it a little more moisturizing?
 

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first off, if you're adding water to dilute it in the foam dispenser, keep in mind that water can be drying. also, you risk breeding nasties. you might start by cutting back on water, or skipping it altogether.<br><br>
if you wanted to add something for moisture, olive oil is good, though a bit stinky. jojoba can be very good. i use it to moisturize my face each day. really any good food grade oil is moisturizing, but i only have cut it 50/50 with bronners. i do half aloe vera baby mild and half pure palma christi, with a bit of lavendar, shake it up in a plastic squeeze bottle and wash my face with it. the consistancy is way off for hand soap, so you would want to start with maybe 10% oil. HTH
 

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Glycerin will help and it will mix in thoroughly. Added oil would only separate.<br><br>
If it's an option, know that Dr. B's bar soaps are less drying.
 

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I'm totally not trying to be dense, but there are some things I'm just not getting!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">first off, if you're adding water to dilute it in the foam dispenser, keep in mind that water can be drying.</div>
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But my hands are already wet, and then I'm <i>rinsing</i> them with water....<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">also, you risk breeding nasties. you might start by cutting back on water, or skipping it altogether.</div>
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I've been diluting Dr. Bronners for years, doesn't everyone? It even tells you to on the bottle! I'm pretty sure nothing nasty can grow in such a strong soap solution....<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">if you wanted to add something for moisture, olive oil is good, though a bit stinky. jojoba can be very good. i use it to moisturize my face each day. really any good food grade oil is moisturizing, but i only have cut it 50/50 with bronners. i do half aloe vera baby mild and half pure palma christi, with a bit of lavendar, shake it up in a plastic squeeze bottle and wash my face with it. the consistancy is way off for hand soap, so you would want to start with maybe 10% oil. HTH</div>
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I hadn't thought of jojoba-- I'll try that!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Glycerin will help and it will mix in thoroughly. Added oil would only separate.<br><br>
If it's an option, know that Dr. B's bar soaps are less drying.</div>
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Thanks for the tip-- I'll try glycerin in the upstairs bottle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. The bars are great, but the two-yr-olds among us understand "just one push on the bottle" better than "don't leave the bar of soap marinating in a puddle"<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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