Today I’m going to share recipe for a luxurious and decadent DIY Body Wash! I have made this recipe for my family for quite a while now. It foams, it cleans and it moisturizes. You might ask why I make my own? Well, first of all I want to avoid chemicals. Body washes are filled with them. Second, I like to save money and third, I need a body wash that will clean as well as moisturize my dry skin. This homemade body wash checks all 3 boxes!
Most body washes contain a bevy of harmful chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, triclosan, and artificial fragrances. All of these chemicals are irritating not only to your skin but irritating to your hormones and even your organs! As I like to say “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”! All of these chemicals go directly into the blood stream. Over time they can build up and cause health issues. Making your own products is just too EASY and FUN to continue to subject yourself to harmful chemicals-in my opinion. So, let’s get started!!
Lavender Silky Body Wash
3 cups of distilled water
1/4 cup Olive Oil
- Fill a pot 1/2 way full with water and place a glass pyrex bowl inside the pot.
- Turn on stove top to MEDIUM and heat oils and butter until melted.
- Add water, aloe vera gel, essential oils, butter/oil mixture and guar/xanthan gum to blender.
- Blend on and off for about 15 minutes. Blend for about 30 seconds at a time. Lots of blending is necessary to get the water and oils to merge. This is when you can inspect the consistency. After you’ve blended well and feel your cleanser is too watery, you can add another teaspoon of guar or xanthan gum
- After an hour or so, and you notice your blended mixture is not separating, add the castile soap and blend for 5 seconds.
- Transfer to container.
I add the castile soap last because if you blend the soap you will end up with a huge amount of foam that will take days to go away. This recipe makes around 30 ounces. Shake before each use. It might separate for a couple of days, after that mine stays mixed. I suggest shaking each time before use.
That’s it! So easy, right?!
All of these ingredients are rich. They are so yummy to the skin. By adding all the oils and butters your skin will be silky soft! Remember-Because I’m using all natural ingredients, this cleanser will not suds up. It does leave your skin feeling very cleansed though.
Guar Gum is a thickening agent and gives your wash a smooth silky texture. If you don’t use guar gum your wash will be very watery. Castile soap is very concentrated so always mix it with water when using it on your skin. It can burn delicate areas. I use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap because it is organic and easy to find. You can get it in a variety of fragrances as well. One of my favorites is Sweet Almond. I love mixing orange essential oil and lavender with the sweet almond soap. It makes a light and invigorating scent that is wonderful for a body wash as well!
You do need a preservative since we are mixing oils and water. Also, the pH of castile soap is very high. You need the citric acid to reduce the pH so that your skin will not become irritated by a high pH.
I hope you enjoyed my recipe for a rich and moisturizing silky body wash! Remember, becoming chemical free is easier than you think, you won’t break the bank and you’ll end up with the most decadent body care on the block!