Body wash is one of those items we willingly pay lots of money for because we recognize the value of using only the finest ingredients on our bodies.If only people realized how quick, easy, and affordable it is to (re)create our favorite body washes, shampoos, hand soaps.This article will present a basic shower body wash, but we encourage you to experiment and find what works for you and your skin type and preferences.
There are really a few main base ingredients, and then a few added ingredients that differentiate the soaps and make it yours so go experiment and find your favorite!Most of these ingredients are easily found in any local super market, and the essential oils can be found at Plant Therapy.You can find soap dispensers at most homewares or hardware stores, and of course on Amazon, however in the spirit of transitioning, we suggest that you re-use old soap dispensers already in your home, office or ask friends to collect for you.
Liquid Shower Gel
- 1/4 Cup (1/2 DL) Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup (1/2 DL) Raw Honey
- 1/2 Cup (1 DL) liquid Castile soap (Dr.Bronners Baby Mild Unscented)
- 1 tspn Vitamin E
- 15 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops Sweet Orange essential oil or 10 drops Rosemary
- 10 drops Lemon or Grapefruit essential oil
- Melt the coconut oil over medium heat
- Add raw honey, essential oils and vitamin E and whisk together.
- Add castile soap slowly, stirring gently to avoid creating suds.
- Transfer to glass or plastic bottle.
- Shake before each use.
Creamy Moisturizing Shower Wash
- 2 TB Shea Butter melted
- 2 TB Jojoba oil or grapeseed, and extra virgin olive oil
- 1 TB Vegetable Glycerin
- 2 tsp Xanthan Gum or guar gum -If you’re using guar gum try 1/4 tspn
- 1/3 Cup Castile Soap (try Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild)
- 1/3 Cup Distilled water, warm
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- Gently melt shea butter;
- Mix together shea butter, jojoba oil, + vegetable glycerin
- Sprinkle in the xanthan gum and gently stir; allow gum to be absorbed for 1 minute;
- Use immersion blender to dissolve gum into mix;
- Add castille soap, distilled water, and essential oils;
- Mix with immersion blender until mixture turns into creamy consistency;
- Pout mixture into a soap dispenser.
Quick Guide to Essential Oils
For a complete selection of essential oils 100% pure and natural, we recommend you visit Plant Therapy.
Chamomile Great for dry and sensitive skin, acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
Geranium Great for oily complexions, acne, mature skin, eczema, dermatitis, and other problematic skin conditions. It also brightens and revitalizes dull skin.
Grapefruit This essential oil tones the skin and is extremely cleansing for oily skin, but if used excessively can have phototoxic risk.
Lavender is gentle that can help soothing itchy skin such as from eczema and psoriasis and other sensitive skin.
Palmarosa Stimulates new cell growth, moisturizes skin, and regulates oil production which makes it a great addition to skin care mixes.
Patchouli has antimicrobial, astringent, fungicidal properties that make it good for acne, cracked/chapped skin, eczema, oily skin, and mature skin. Try adding in your homemade deodorant😊
Peppermint regarded for its cooling and refreshing characteristics, but is strong so best use minimally, and to avoid during pregnancy.
Rosemary is a stimulant, useful for treating acne, eczema, and dermatitis; however should not use during pregnancy or have high blood pressure.
Sandalwood Useful for acne, dry, cracked, and chapped skin as well as wrinkles.
Sweet orange One of the only citrus essential oils that is not phototoxic, sweet orange is helpful for dull or oily skin.
Tea tree This antibacterial oil is good for acne, oily skin, and inflamed skin as it has a drying effect, but needs to be used sparingly. It combines well with more scented oils like lavender and peppermint.
Ylang ylang Great for general skin care, irritated skin, oily skin, or acne. Since this oil is a strong scent, add a few drops at a time until the desired aroma is achieved. (You will need much less than the amount suggested in the above recipe.)
Note about using essential oils, some of the citrus type of oils like grapefruit, lemon, and orange that contain furanocoumarins may cause a phototoxic response if used excessively. Phototoxic is skin reaction to light that results in a reddening irritation on the skin that resembles a sun burn. The reaction may not reveal itself for 12-36 hours later and can last a few days. Steam distilled versions of these oils are safe, only the cold pressed versions carry the risk of the skin reaction.