Shower Gel Made From shampoo

United States
February 22, 2007 6:31pm CST
I was in the shower this morning and was already wet when it suddenly came to my attention that I had not replaced the empty bottle of shower gel with a new bottle. I could get out and get a new bottle, it was just in the cabinet across the room but I would get water everywhere and I just did not want to do that. I noticed a cheap bottle of suave shampoo on the cornor of the tub. I never use this kind of shampoo so I assume my husband put it there to clean his hands with. I poured some in my hand and it was too thick so I took water and put in the bottle. I used this watered down slightly shampoo just as I would shower gel and it worked great. It smelled like coconut and I loved the smell. I think I will be purchasing suave shampoo from now on instead of the expensive shower gel.
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@sunita64 (6472)
• India
23 Feb 07
Besides shampoos I have used many hand washes as shower gels as well all provide a variation and are really refreshing.
• United States
23 Feb 07
that's a great tip, but did the shampoo make your skin itch or break out? I know it sounds like a stupid question, but I have tried using shampoo when my son poured all of my body wash out one night. I used the same shampoo that I use on my hair daily, but for some reason it caused me to have a red bumpy rash all over my body & it was really itchy.
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• United States
23 Feb 07
It did not affect me like that. I feel just as clean and I loved the scent. No redness or itchy skin
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
23 Feb 07
That sounds fantastic, I wonder if there is much difference in shampoo and shower gel anyway...good on you, thanks.
@patootie (3593)
23 Feb 07
Just check the ingrdeints on the bottles .. they are all petrochemicals .. just detergents by any other names ..
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• United States
23 Feb 07
I know how that works when getting in the shower and whatever I need is gone, LOL. That's a great idea Villageanne, using watered down shampoo for shower gel. I will keep this in mind if I happen to get myself in a fix like that again. Thanks for the tip!
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• United States
23 Feb 07
Dont you just hate it when that happens and you are soaking wet. You really dont want to get water all over the place. You know you are the one who has to clean it up. LOL
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@magikrose (5423)
• United States
23 Feb 07
Honestly I have done that and I have done it with my kids shampoo also. There have been times that I have actually used hand wash to wash my body. The way I look at it what ever works to get the job done.
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@fabwisp (1328)
23 Feb 07
I quite often do that! But I wash my hair then use the bubbles from my head to wash down my body! I personally like my dove shower gel.
@Laydee83 (275)
• Atlanta, Georgia
23 Feb 07
Funny thing is is that I have done this before. On a last minute business trip I went on last year to Texas, I packed everything but shower gel or body soap. However, I brought shampoo. So I put it on my sponge and watered it down a bit and washed up. I actually felt more refreshed after using the shampoo than any other time with the shower gel itself. And the reshe fragrance smell lasted way longer than any shower gel I have ever tried. So A+ to you cause great minds think alike. :)
• United States
23 Feb 07
That's Funny I've done that before lol.. I think it's okay, I mean shampoo is soap right? and it's better than not washing all..... But I still use body wash...
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@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
23 Feb 07
thats a good idea, i have about four bottles of the suave coconut shampoo in my cupboard because i love the smell of it but its only my husband and my son that use it because its not a good enough shampoo and conditioner to use on my or my daughters hair but i do love the smell so ill mayby try using it as a shower gel, im sure it cleans just as well as the other shower gels and it definetly has a great smell.
@k1tten (2320)
• United States
23 Feb 07
You can also shave your legs with conditioner and it works much better than some shave gels.
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I use shampoo alot to wash up-- I squirt it on my pouf and wash- I love how it lathers up... I then always use a shower gel... So I'm not saving money.. I always wondered how well just shampoo alone would clean-- then again-- It cleans my hair wonderfully. Great advice-- I usually use Bath & Body works shower gel.. It's pretty expensive--
• United States
23 Feb 07
villageanne, I have been doing that for a long time, lol. Because, I noticed long ago, that their shower gel is almost identical to their shampoo, so, you can get their shower gel also, it is quite cheap. I actually prefer it to the ones that I get from bath and body works, and victoria's secret, because it has more of a lather. Sometimes, I like to use the expensive stuff, that I buy with a scrub, so I will use those most of the week, and then use the suave stuff for one day. The suave stuff do have some very nice scents, I would recommend them.
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@patootie (3593)
23 Feb 07
I've always thought shower gels, bath gels and shampoos were all pretty similar .. if you check the ingredients they are pretty much the same .. if I have any dribbles of shower gel or shampoo left, or bought something you didn't care too much for I generally just use it up as hand wash .. pour a little extra water in to slacken it a little .. it saves wasting something you didn't like much
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@nancygibson (3737)
• France
23 Feb 07
We usualy just use home made soap for all purposes, we make it plain or with a scent as we see fit then it gets used for hair, skin, laundyr, even dishes sometimes as well as household cleaning. THat hreally is the cheapest way I know to get round all those potions the supermarkets would like us to buy and its fun to make as well. We usually use a recipe based on olive oil, with a little coconut oil for hardness and lather. It works great and everything is clean and healthy.
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• United States
23 Feb 07
I have been wanting to start making my own soap. I even went as far as joining a few soap making groups on yahoo. Could you go into detail on how you make your soap?
• France
23 Feb 07
Basically you warm the fats, add the correct amount of lye (use the online mms lye calculator to get it right) and stir until it thickens,add any scents or additions, then pour it into a mould and leave for two weeks. Thats basically it but you do need to be ultra careful to weigh your ingredients accuratley so the soap is really nice and so its safe to make
@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
23 Feb 07
Thanks for sharing with us. I will try the Suave shampoo and see if it works for me. It's true the shower gels are more expensive than shampoo.
@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
23 Feb 07
By the way, once I ran out of shower gel and when I tried getting out of the shower to get the shower gel I slipped and fell down and got a scratch on one of my elbows and hit my head. That was very painful.
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• United States
23 Feb 07
Oh my sorry that you fell but I dont figure you would ever get out wet again. Will you? I am always afraid of failing myself.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I wanted to add-- that I often use conditioner for a shaving gel... It leaves your legs and armpits feeling so smooth and soft.. Ever tried this?
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• United States
23 Feb 07
I have not tried this but I do use the inshower lotion. I have found that conditioner does work as good as the expensive lotion in the shower. Thanks for the tip. I will try it.
@GardenGerty (109183)
• United States
23 Feb 07
We decided to go with the multipurpose shampoo for shower gel a long time ago, because suave is usually very cheap, I do use it on my hair, and it comes in all kinds of fantastic fragrances, usually for around a dollar a bottle or even less. Certain fragrances are good for certain things. I was told a long time ago that green apple shampoo killed perspiration odors ( in hats) better than anything else. Seems to me it would work well on the body too.
• United States
23 Feb 07
I remember several years ago a study was done to see which scents producted better productive behaviour in people. It was green apple scent. We did our own study on a department that was not as productive as we thought they sould be. We put an air freshener with green apple scent on it in that department and they were more productive as long as the scent was strong.
@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
26 Feb 07
I interchange often. I have used shampoo for hand soap, and body gel. I have shampooed with body gel in a pinch once. I have used shampoo as laundry soap and have used conditioner for fabric softener. This is not every day, but in a pinch, soap is soap and I do not care to use them from time to time in each others place. I try to never use cheap shampoo or other things on my hair as mine is so thin and brittle. If I use something to strong it drys out the ends and they split. If I use some kinds it causes the oily hair look. I do often use shampoo as body wash though as my daughter likes to use it up quickly and I will run out. I have used the 2-1 kinds and I think they add a softness that regular body wash does not. It is like the Dual I use from Avon.It's like a wash and lotion together.
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• United States
23 Feb 07
I agree with another poster. Soap is soap- and I think it's so great to use cheap shampoo because you save so much money, although a lot of times you can find cheap shower gel in jumbo bottle sizes at like Wal-Mart. This is a great idea though. I have done it and it works wonderfully.
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• Pakistan
23 Feb 07
but if any side effects of shave shampoo
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