This recipe uses liquid castile soap as a base. Castile is a very mild soap suitable for most skin types. Both shea butter and aloe vera are excellent skin-loving moisturisers.
Body Wash Recipe
3/4 cup liquid castile soap (or another unscented liquid vegetable based soap of your choice)
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon shea butter
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum powder (see below)
25-30 drops of essential oil
Melt the shea butter over a low heat. Add the aloe vera gel. Stir until the shea butter and aloe vera gel are combined. Whisk in the xanthan gum.
Continue to whisk while slowly adding the liquid castile soap. Mix well. Add 25-30 drops of your favourite essential oil. and stir to combine. (I like to use sweet orange oil)
By this stage the body wash will be quite bubbly, but the bubbles will settle out in a few hours.
Pour into a clean bottle. A flip top, squeezy bottle works well or you could use a recycled body wash bottle.
This recipe makes approximately one cup of body wash.