Making over the cleaning supplies in our house seemed like a easy thing to do when I started a few years ago. And for the most part it has been. Homemade, DIY, cleaning supplies have become a staple in our home and not a day goes by that I don't use at least one of them. Today it was homemade laundry soap and dryer sheets.
Homemade bath & body products have been a little slower to catch on. Maybe it's the thought of putting something on your skin and not knowing exactly how it's going to work or maybe it was the fact that it's so much easier to pick up that favorite bottle of shampoo than to experiment with a DIY bottle at home. Whatever the reason, I've finally started switching out the bottles in the bathroom.
I decided to start with body wash because I've been struggling for years to find something I can use that doesn't leaving me feeling dry and itchy after the shower. Everything I've ever tried, even those "won't dry out your skin" ones, have left me miserable to the point I didn't want to use anything at all.
After some trial and error, I finally found something I can use. My skin actually feels refreshed and itch-free after the shower! It's thick and creamy which makes the family happy (some of our experiments were quite watery) and smells great too!
You can use whatever essential oils you would like although be careful with citrus oils because they are photosensitive. I've also included a small list of oils for certain skin types. If you would like to skip the essential oils (although why would you, they are awesome!), you can use a scented Castile soap instead.
All-Natural Body Wash
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap (where to buy)
1 tsp. vegetable glycerin (where to buy)
1 tsp. guar gum (where to buy)
12-15 drops of your favorite essential oils
1 bottle, I used a leftover body wash container that I rinsed clean
Add the water and guar gum to bottle; shake to mix so there will be no clumps. Add remaining ingredients; close lid and shake vigorously. Be careful afterwards. This will foam like crazy and if you try and open it, it will go everywhere. Let it sit a couple hours to calm the bubbles.
Note: Guar gum is a natural thickener. Use sparingly. You can adjust the amount to get the thickness you desire.
Essential Oil Suggestions:
Using essential oils in your home can be a healthy alternative to chemicals. We strongly recommend you use essential oils which are therapeutic grade such as Young Living Essential Oils.
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