At one point I had become such a hard-core hippy that I spent ages in the grocery store looking at the ingredients in each product that I bought. And even then I didn’t even know what half the ingredients were so I ended up picking the one with the least unrecognisable ingredients. Because, let’s be honest, buying natural and organic products can very easily throw your whole budget out.
I love this Natural Body Wash that you can quickly and easily make at home. It only takes 3 ingredients (ok, maybe 4 or 5 if you want to add different essential oils) and takes only minutes to make!
Here is what you will need:
Liquid Castile Soap.
This is the cleansing agent of your body wash. It is super gentle on your skin and usually has a coconut, olive and or hemp oil base which gives the added benefit of it being moisturising for your skin.
Yes, I know… but despite what you might think, the honey doesn’t make the body wash sticky at all. Rather it acts as a moisturiser while creating that luxurious lather that we all love in a body wash. Honey has a bunch of nutrients that include Vitamins B, C, E and K as well as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, sulphur, magnesium, phosphorus and beta-carotene.
To add more moisturising power to your body wash you can add a natural oil like avocado, jojoba, olive or almond oil. These oils do not solidify at room temperature, keeping your body wash nice and liquid. Using coconut oil might mean that the oil solidifies and separates from the rest of the ingredients in your wash. Argh! Fractionated coconut oil shouldn’t do this so if this is the oil of your choice that would be the best bet.
You can add some essential oils to your body wash to make it smell delicious! I mean, if you are going to make a body wash that is good for your body, why not combine it with some smells that are good for your soul?
The fun part of this is that you can experiment with different oils and blend a number of oils together to come up with your own unique scent. You can also select the oils based on their metaphysical properties and how they could affect your mood. This is a wonderful way to bring the benefits of essential oils into your everyday life. Take a look at this article that explains the properties of different essential oils.
If you are making this wash for your child, please be aware that some oils (like peppermint and rosemary) could be a bit too strong for children and that you might need to substitute these oils with something a bit more subtle.
For a hand wash you can try an oil with antibacterial properties like citrus or citronella.
Also, essential oils are powerful, start out by adding just a few drops of each to your body wash, mix it in and then add more if you need to.
How to make your Natural Body Wash:
Add the following ingredients together in a bowl or blender and mix ferociously – or, you know, gently…however the mood takes you:
- 1/3 cup of liquid castile soap.
- 1/3 cup of honey.
- 1/3 cup of moisturising oil like olive, jojoba, avocado or almond oil.
- Essential oil to your preference. You can find essential oils here or here.
That’s it! Kind of like magic, huh?
You can use this body wash like a normal body wash, just give it a shake before hand to make sure everything is mixed well. This body wash can be stored up to a year.
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