Do you ever look at the label on the back of your bathroom products? I feel like my strategy has been mostly along the lines of ‘if is says natural or organic, I’m probably alright’! I mean… when it says 99.3% natural – how bad can it be? The answer to that question will likely go unanswered in our lifetime, but I do know that my skin is super sensitive, and seems to hate pretty much every product I’ve ever bought.
I figured it was high time to face the facts on the labels I’ve been letting slip through, and finally make some homemade versions or find products that truly are 100% natural and organic! I always make my own lotion and deodorant, mostly because anything store bought I put on my skin causes rashes.
But… in the shampoo/conditioner and body wash department I’ve been a bit lacking. I’ve tried all kinds of homemade shampoos and conditioners but none of them have worked for me. I’m currently using Morrocco Method for their hair products, and they’ve been great so far (they’re also the cleanest product I’ve ever seen with no chemicals whatsoever, but that’s a post for another time). So in the body wash category I figured we were more than due for a super easy homemade version!
This recipe is so easy, I didn’t need to take any pictures showing how to make it! It’s just 4 ingredients whisked together, and you’re ready to use it! This recipe does call for grapefruit essential oil which can bother some people’s skin. I have really sensitive skin and I’ve never had an issue with citrus essential oils, but I wanted to let you know that some people do, and it’s always best to proceed with caution whenever you’re trying anything new!
I used liquid castile soap (the Dr. Bronners brand) as my base because it’s the the cleanest, most natural liquid soap I’ve ever come across. They make a mild version for baby soap, and that’s by far my favorite.
If you’ve never used castile soap before, you might be surprised that it doesn’t feel like what we think of as ‘normal’ soap. It doesn’t have any of the usual chemicals in it that causes film to be left behind on our skin making it feel like it’s moisturized, (hair products do the same thing). With castile soap, you get that squeaky clean feeling on your skin, but it doesn’t seem to leave my skin dry like other soaps do. Even so, I always use a moisturizer after using soap – maybe it’s because we live in a relatively dry climate area!
- ½ cup castile soap, I used Dr. Bronners mild, unscented baby soap
- ½ cup aloe vera gel
- ½ cup water
- 1 Teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
- 1-2 drops of ginger essential oil
- Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl, or lightly shake them together in a glass jar with a lid.
- Pour the bodywash into a container with a pump spout.
- My bodywash has lasted for 6 weeks now, but this may vary depending on your location and the temperature. The hotter it is, the shorter the shelf life is on homemade products. You can split it into 2 containers and refrigerate 1 until you've used up the first one to extend it's shelf life.
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