Looking for an inexpensive way to pamper yourself? How about homemade invigorating body wash?
I have always been more of a “bar of soap” kind of gal but recently I have really been enjoying using a body wash in the shower.
Today I have a body wash recipe to share with you that I am really pleased with.
Like I said, I’ve always used bars of soap, or my Homemade Foaming Soap, but now I think I am sold on body wash.
I’ve never really liked showering. I think I held the record for the fastest shower taker when I lived with a household of 10 gals in college.
Something about the heat and dampness made me want to be done and out of the shower.
But since I’ve been trying to make my bathroom routine a little more “special”, I’ve been enjoying showering more.
Maybe I’m a little more clean as a result, hmmmm?
Maybe I should call this post “Why I Like Being In the Shower Now”.
Anyway, a reader shared her recipe for body wash with me. I needed to monkey with it a bit, but now you get to make this wonderfully-smelling, luxurious body wash for yourself.
Move over, body shop stores.
Why make your own personal care products?
1. Avoid harmful chemicals – use only natural ingredients and fragrances.
2. Reuse containers and reduce waste
3. Save money (one of my favorite reasons :-))!
Homemade Body Wash
Makes about 3/4 cup wash
1 Tbsp shea butter
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
3/4 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum (See Notes)
3/4 cup soap base (I used Dr. Bronner’s Castille, unscented)
approx 25 drops essential oils (See my Best Essential Oils Series) I used a mixture of citrus oils (orange, lemon and lime).
1. Melt shea butter over low heat.
2. Add aloe vera gel and warm together with the shea butter.
3. Add gum and stir well with a whisk.
4. Add the soap base. Mix well. I found I had to mix with my immersion blender or in a blender to get the gum completely distributed. It’s not completely necessary, but makes for a more consistent wash. After blending, your wash will be quite foamy but it will settle in a few hours.
5. After the mixture has cooled, add essential oils (if using).
6. Pour into container of choice. A funnel comes in handy here. (I used a super eco-friendly recycled body wash container.)
1. I used guar gum, but my reader used xanthan gum and said 1 tsp worked for her. 1 tsp guar gum made the mixture overly thick. I saw recipes online calling for 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, but I just didn’t have xanthan gum in the house so I didn’t try it.
3. I think other essential oil blends would be great as well. As I find ones I like I hope to share them.
I love the smell and texture of this wash and I hope you do as well.
My son said, after smelling it, “Boy, Mom. You make some really good smelling stuff! And some really good tasting stuff too!”
What a sweetheart!
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Shared at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs.