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Homemade Organic Baby Wash

Homemade baby wash
I am always so annoyed at buying high dollar shampoo/body wash for the girls.  All they want is Mr. Bubble and that smell I love, but I know too much now!  The huge list of ingredients to anything at a decent price is scary.  Plus I did some research on “tear free” claims-Oh my.  The chemical added to make a shampoo “tear free” actually anesthetizes the eye so that the sting of the shampoo is not felt!  This chemical can temporarily numb the eye or worse.  The chemical is used in pesticide products to anesthetize insects!  This is so disturbing!  Unfortunately soap stings, there is really no way around it with out diluting it a lot.

No more am I paying high price tags nor am I settling for the harmful chemicals that are at the grocery store!  I have formulated a recipe that is easy on the eyes, smells great and actually nourishes the skin!  Keep in mind that with most home made products, due to the lack of chemicals you will not have the same texture or amount of suds-it’s a small price to pay in my opinion.
Making body washes is so easy and fun, so ditch the toxic baby wash and make your own!  I have linked all the products you will need to Mountain Rose Herb.  I love this company for their reasonable pricing, fast shipping and quality of product!

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 Lavender Baby Shampoo

4 cups distilled water
1 cup castile soap (find it HERE)
1/4 cup aloe vera gel (find it HERE)
3 tsp. guar gum (find it HERE)
30 drops of Lavender essential oil (find it HERE)
1.5 tsp. NeoDefend (find it HERE)
2 tsp. Citric Acid (find it HERE)
1. Blend all ingredients but your castile soap in blender for about 40 seconds.
2. Stir in castile soap.
3. Pour into container.

** This recipe makes about 42 ounces.**

FYI-Guar gum thickens the recipe so it doesn’t drip so much.  Seems to me like the more you blend, the thicker the cleanser gets.
I have added Citric Acid to lower the pH of this soap.  Castile soap has a very high pH and it needs to be lowered so your babies skin does not get irritated or dried out.  I also added neoDefend, a certified organic, gentle and gluten free preservative that will help preserve this cleanser and keep it safe from mold and bacteria.
If you wish to omit the preservative, you need to make only enough that you can use in 2 weeks.  Anything past that and you are risking bacteria.
If your child’s hair is too greasy it is due to the coconut oil.  It can be omitted.
This is not 100% tear free, it’s close though.  Just be cautious.
After a few washes my daughter’s hair does seem a bit greasy.  I have an organic baby shampoo I alternate.  I absolutely love this recipe as a body wash though.
**Warning—-Castile soap can be very harsh.  If your child complains of it hurting sensitive areas, just add more water.  I have sensitive girls and I believe 4 cups is the right amount.

Always use high quality essential oils.  I get all my essential oils from Spark Naturals.  Use my coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD to receive 10% off!

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  1. I love this recipe! My daughter has eczema and I have used a similar version of this as her body wash for over a year with great success!

  2. I’m so glad! It takes some getting used to due to the lack of lather but I love it too! I use it in my girl’s hair! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Looks like a great recipe. Cannot wait to try. Where do you get your bottles?

  4. Do you have any suggestions for baby eczema in the form of a salve? We lather him with coconut oil after bath time, but wondering if there is something better to treat. Love, love, love your blog!! Thank you!

  5. Tiffany-Thanks!!! Eczema is so tricky-What works for one may not work for others. I would try using my Healing Balm (neosporin alternative). You could also just make something simple like 1/4 cup of Olive Oil or Coconut, 1/4 cup Shea Butter, and 2 TBSP. Beeswax. I would add essential oils like Lavender and/or Chamomile as well. I find you have to play around with different oils and butters to find what works for each individual! Hope this helps!! Good luck!

  6. Hi, I just discoverd your site and found very interesting article, thank you so much.
    I see quite often you use essential oils in your creams/moisturiser and event this baby wash. I am concerned about the endrocrinological perturbations essential oils cause esp. for babys (it is known that lavender essential oil produces endocrinological perturbances). Could you adress this issue? What alternatives would you recomend? Thanks, Kami

    • Hi Kami, all of my skin care recipes are based on essential oils. I have never heard of essential oils disrupting the endocrine system. In fact, there are many essential oils that support the endocrine system. If you are concerned about this, you can omit the lavender from this recipe. Thanks!

  7. Shelley Neely says:

    LOVE your site and all your recipe’s! I am wondering what would happen if this were to accidentally get in baby’s eyes?

  8. Where do you buy your plastic containers from? I am making some of your recipies for expecting friends and need to send them out through the mail.

  9. I was going to make this for my daughter-in-law who is expecting in December as part of a baby shower gift. What kind of shelf life do you think this product has? Thanks so much for your help.

    • Kelly-At the moment I am doing research on the shelf life of my cleansers. Unfortunately, since we add water to this, the shelf life goes way down due to bacteria. I would safe that this should last about 2 weeks without a preservative. If you end up using a preservative like Neodefend-you can find out about this HERE-I would say you could keep it for about 6 mos. I will be changing these recipes to incorporate a preservative soon. Basically, a preservative makes up 1% of your recipe. Hope this helps!

      • Heather Knight says:

        I am very interested in trying this recipe and was wondering if you have experimented with the shelf life when using the preservative? Were you getting around 6 months? Thanks!

        • Heather-Honestly-I have not used mine long enough with the preservative to truly know if it lasts that long. I am putting that shelf life on it because of the research I’ve done of NeoDefend, the preservative. I actually prefer to make small batches and use up quickly, omitting the preservative. I do this in order to keep all my ingredients as natural as possible. I believe 6 mos. is accurate though. Thanks!

  10. Thanks for the reply. I purchased the Neodefend and have used it in some of my other recipes. I come up with 2 1/2 tsp. for this body wash, would you say that is close? I was wondering if you will continue to use this preservative in your recipes or are you trying some other products? Thanks again for sharing!

  11. Do you know if I can use arrowroot powder as a thickening agent? If yes, do yo know how much? Thanks in advance! Your blog is awesome!!!

  12. Gerlynn says:

    Hi Jen,

    So glad to chance upon your blog. Has been looking for a Castile shampoo receive that is not too alkaline for the scalp….and yours look great!

    Is this the updated recipe with preservative that can last up to 6months?

    Is this shampoo suitable for older children (7-10yo) and adults? Or do u have a formula that works for the older ones including adult?

    Have u tested the PH of this shampoo?

    Thank u!

    • Hi Gerlynn! Thank you!! I have updated this recipe so the shelf life can be longer as well as the pH lower. I find that this baby wash works well on shorter hair. I used it on my daughter’s hair which was long and it worked but overtime it got a little limp and greasy. You would have to experiment on adult hair or longer hair. It really depends on the hair type and length. I have not tested the pH because I don’t have the proper tools. pH strips aren’t reliable. I add the citric acid to lower the high pH due to the castile soap. My aim is a pH of around 5-7. Hope this helps!

  13. Jennie Widdicombe says:

    Hi Jenni
    I’m concerned about whether there’s actually any soap in this after adding the citric acid I mixed up 100mls of liquid castile soap with 400 ml distilled water and a few drops of lavender from a recipe I found elsewhere but I was concerned about the PH. So I went on a search for ways to reduce it. Citric acid came to mind as I use a cleanser and toner that you posted. I love them both. But every site I found said that the PH can’t be reduced as it breaks the soap I didn’t want to believe this so I kept looking till I found this recipe. As the soap to water ratio was the same and the guar gum is just to thicken, figured that I could stick with my foaming pump bottle and just add citric acid , 4ml to maintain the ratio. I was somewhat disappointed to then find that my clear soap had turned into a white liquid that doesn’t foam at all.

    • Jennie-To be super honest-I just don’t make cleansers anymore because of all you have mentioned-They are so complicated. I leave the recipes up because some people love them and feel they work well. I personally get too dried out or have to reduce the soap too much or have an issue with the preservative. I do still make foaming soaps though. Those are so simple and save a ton of money. I use mine quickly because I make small batches so I can avoid the preservative.
      Foaming requires something other then castile soap so with my recipes, you won’t get much foam. There is a way to get foam and keep the ingredients safe but I’ve not found the particular ingredient that will do that.
      Sorry to be no help!!

  14. Hi! On lotion crafter website they caution against using neo defend with citric acid because it can form benzene. It is a known carcinogen. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Andrea-My thoughts are that I need to update this post immediately! I had read that and a few weeks ago and never followed up. Thanks for reminding me. I have other cleanser posts where I use Optiphen Plus. It works well with citric acid.

  15. HI

    Thanks for a great site.
    Was wondering if water could be omitted from the creams and lotions as I have no access to NeoDefend.
    Is there an alternative to adding water
    Is there perhaps another type of preservative. .

    • Yasmin-Thank you! If you omit water in lotions then you have an oil-which is great. It is very moisturizing and more simple for your skin. It’s a better alternative to a cream. With cleansers, you need the water because soap will burn unless it’s diluted. My advice is to look into oil cleansers though-ditch the soap and use the oil cleansing method to cleanse your skin-I love it and will probably never go back to cleansers containing soap.

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