Monday, 21 September 2015

How to make your own body wash

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.

Shea Butter

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.

Xanthan gum is a natural emulsifier and stabiliser derived from corn starch. In this recipe it acts to thicken the body wash and prevent the mixture from separating.

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  1. Wow, that sounds so easy (once you have the right ingredients). Thanks for sharing it, it looks like a good idea for DIY Christmas presents!

    1. It really is easy to make and a pretty bottle would turn it into a lovely gift.

  2. You make soap-making look very easy. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  3. Ooh! We are all about natural body products! This will definitely be a recipe to check into.

  4. So easy and yet it would make the perfect gift. I love natural products. Thank you for sharing your lovely and useful ideas with us each week at #WednesdaysWisdom. Have a great day!

  5. Great idea! I like to use natural soaps to keep my tattoos from fading too much. Is there a way to make this antibacterial?

    1. There are several essential oils you could use that have antibacterial properties. Tea tree and lavender (blended together or on their own) work well. You could also try peppermint, lemon, patchouli or geranium oils.

  6. You make it sound so simple! Thank you for sharing this recipe at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  7. This sounds great! And I bet the sweet orange smells heavenly in the shower in the morning. Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!