I am always looking chemical and toxin free alternatives that are also environmental friendly. You don’t actually need to buy many different products, instead you can reuse your old bottles and jars. You will be saving money, environment and most importantly your health, since you are avoiding toxins and chemicals.
The recipe requires either liquid or bar of pure castile (olive oil) soap (I used Dr. Bronners). This recipe is really easy to make and last for quite long time. Depending what essential oils you choose, you can use the same body wash for whole family. You can also divide the liquid into the containers and then add different essential oils according to each of your family member skin needs. Moisturizing body wash is gentle enough to use as your face wash and also makes a rich lathering shaving soap. I use this moisturizing body wash for shaving and also as my make-up removal wash (first I remove eye make-up with olive oil, then wash with foaming soap).
Ingredients you’ll need for foaming body wash
Liquid castile soap – Using a pure liquid castile soap will ensure your body wash has enough suds, without the addition of any chemical foaming agents. Feel free to use scented or unscented castile soap. If using scented castile soap you can omit the essential oils, or go ahead and add them for their therapeutic benefits. (Note: Peppermint castile soap may be a little uncomfortably tingly on sensitive areas for some.)
Oil – Adding an oil that is easily absorbed by the skin makes this body wash extra moisturizing. Grapeseed oil are in my favorite. You may even find you don’t need to apply additional moisturizer after using the body wash.
Essential oils – Many essential oils are perfect for troublesome skin conditions. Some of them soothe, repair, heal, disinfect, or deodorize skin. See suggestions at the end of the article for beneficial essential oils to use in your body wash.
- ⅔ cup liquid castile soap
- 2 teaspoons oil – grapeseed (you can try instead also jojoba, sweet almond, sesame, or olive)
- 15 -30 drops essential oils (see suggestions below)
- Measure out all ingredients and combine in a bottle with a squirt top
- Shake well to mix.
- Shake gently before each use. To use, squirt onto a washcloth, bath pouf, or directly onto body.
When making your body wash, keep your particular skin type in mind and find a scent you enjoy. If you’re using this body wash for your baby, you may want to omit the essential oils altogether, or just add a few drops of chamomile or lavender essential oil. If children will be using the body wash, use half the suggested amount of essential oils.
Use a single essential oil or have fun blending a few. Here are some suggestions:
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.
Lavender: Very gentle and good for all skin types, including very sensitive skin. Perfect for mature skin, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Effective in soothing itchy skin.
Palmarosa: Stimulates new cell growth, moisturizes skin, and regulates oil production. This makes it a valuable essential oil for use in any DIY skin products.
Patchouli: Antimicrobial, astringent, fungicidal, and deodorant. Great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, eczema, oily skin, and mature skin.
Peppermint: Since peppermint is very strong, use only half the amount recommended in the recipe (or less). Cooling, refreshing, and stimulating. Has astringent properties, making it perfect for acneic skin. (Note: Avoid during first 4 months of pregnancy.)
Rosemary: Rosemary is stimulating and restorative. Useful for acne, eczema, and dermatitis. (Note: Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use if you are epileptic or have high blood pressure.)
Sandalwood: Useful for acne, dry, cracked, and chapped skin. Also great for wrinkles and mature skin.
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 can be nicely blended with others like lavender and peppermint. May be useful for acne, oily skin, rashes, and inflamed skin. Using too much may actually create a drying effect. You may need to experiment a little to find the right amount for your skin.
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.)
Good luck with experimenting! And remember to use only 100% essential oils and take proper caution and always to your research!