Monday, October 18, 2010

Tomato Juice ~ not just for drinking

If Burts Bees can do it why can't you? 
However I'm sure yours will be a lot better.  

Did you know that you can use your favorite soap recipe to make your own?   It's very simple to do.   All you need to do is to substitute your usual liquid for tomato juice.   But  you can also use a portion of the liquid as tomato juice and the difference being something as luxurious as heavy cream.   

Regardless of the amount of tomato juice that you are choosing to use you can mix your lye directly into your tomato juice.  

If your family is like mine you don't go through big bottles of tomato juice to make it worth while to buy a big bottle or let alone the cost of the small single serving cans.  There are other choices.   

Tomato paste is very cheap to purchase but you might not have realized that you can also use that to make your own tomato juice.  All you need to do is to mix 1 can of tomato paste with 4 cans of water and mix well.     You can then mix up only what you need and freeze the rest or freeze the tomato juice that you just made up for later use.  I would suggest mixing up the amount you will need for your batch using the 1 part to 4 part concept and saving the rest to use in cooking for the family dinner. 

But perhaps you found tomato sauce on sale or that is all you have.  You can use that as well.   Simply use equal parts of tomato sauce and water and make your own. 

Best of all this is an ingredient that you can buy at your local grocery store while your shopping for your own dinner and no shipping is needed.   However you can buy dried  powdered tomato from several vendors but it's really not necessary. 

But why should you consider using tomato in your soap?  There are several reasons actually and it's really good for the skin.   Many people use tomato in their facial complexion soap.   Tomatoes are most well known for being high in beta-carotene.  But it's also high in vitamin E.   It's those antioxidants that encourage people to use it.    

So I hope you consider using tomato juice in your next batch of soap.

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