Today I'm sharing with you a new DIY product that I am loving–a Homemade Body Wash.
For years I've been trying to get toxins out of our home by either buying natural personal care and home care products, or making my own homemade versions of them. I've made my own homemade hair spray, nourishing hair rinse, and eye makeup remover, but one of the things that eluded for for along time was a body wash.
I have always been more of a “bar of soap” kind of gal but recently I have really been enjoying using this homemade body wash in the shower.
Like I said, I've always used bars of soap, or my Homemade Foaming Soap in the shower, but now I think I am sold on body wash.
Actually, I don't think the foaming soap cleans well enough in the shower, so I needed something new anyway.
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.
Perhaps it was that bathrooms are a breeding ground for mold, since I am very very sensitive?
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 homemade 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 Homemade Body Wash?
1. Avoid harmful chemicals – use only natural ingredients and artificial fragrances.
2. Reuse containers and reduce waste
3. Save money (one of my favorite reasons :-))!
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!
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.
2. You can buy most of these ingredients at Starwest Botanicals or at Amazon using the links in the formula.
3. For the essential oils, you can read this series to find out why I went with the company that I did. For more information on how I chose this company, see my series, “Which Essential Oils Company is ‘Best'”, or go to the end of the series here.
4. Please note that it is best to only make a small amount of this body wash at a time as it is water-based. Otherwise, please choose an appropriate broad-spectrum preservative. I will be writing about this more in the future.
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 1 tsp 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 to see how I chose this company) 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.)
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What do you use in the shower?