Since I hadn't yet made any soap at that stage, I turned to the 'net for other alternatives. There are some delicious-looking recipes for homemade cleansers on the internet, made from common ingredients you might have in the kitchen, but most of them required refrigeration in lieu of using preservatives, or have a very short shelf-life. Being a busy mum-of-three littlies however, I barely have time to jump in the shower in the morning - I don't use the timer any more, 'cause I know my showers are way less than 4 minutes, LOL - so I knew I'd never remember to grab stuff out of the fridge first.
Then I came across the book Bodyworks by Murdoch Books, at the library, and it has a lovely, simple recipe for a homemade cleanser:
Homemade Honey Cleanser
60 ml (3 tbs) runny honey
125ml (1/2 cup) vegetable glycerine
40ml (2 tbs) liquid castile soap
The advantages of this recipe are that it is easy and quick to make, and that because there is nothing in it to go "off" I can make it up and just leave it in my shower. I cleaned and re-used the last bottle of my old cleanser to store it in.
The first time I used it, it left my skin feeling a bit "squeaky" clean, which worried me! My olive skin is generally very oily, and I was worried that the cleanser might strip the natural oils and make my skin even oilier. However, I've been using it for a couple of weeks now, with no such effect, possibly because of the glycerine content: glycerine is a natural emollient and is what make homemade soaps so lush. I'm really happy with it :-)
Now I can cross another petrochemical product off my grocery list, yay.