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Body Wash Recipe

Body Wash Recipe

It seems silly to even call this a recipe because all it is is liquid castile soap customized to your preference of scent (sometimes the easiest things are truly the best).  Liquid castile soap is natural, easy and works really well.  My brand of choice is Dr. Bronners.  If you want to simplify this “recipe” even further, you can buy castile soap already scented.  Dr. Bronners has a peppermint scent that’s great in the summertime and a lavender scent that’s also really good.  I buy the unscented kind to use as body wash, shaving cream alternative and as an ingredient in many of my skin care and general cleaning recipes.  It’s a versatile product that’s very helpful to keep on hand.

Body Wash (Time: 2 minutes)

Ingredients:

  • Liquid castile soap
Supplies:
  • Squeeze bottle
Directions:
  • Fill squeeze bottle with liquid castile soap.
  • Add 4 drops of essential oil per ounce of soap and shake to mix.
Use: Put a squirt on your loofah, washcloth or directly on your skin and use like normal body wash.  Liquid castile is quite concentrated so don’t overdo it – a little goes a long way.
Note:
  • Castile soap cleans very well but it’s a different experience than normal body wash so it’s important to know what to expect from it.  First of all, it’s a true liquid, unlike most of the gels we’ve grown accustomed to.  It will literally squirt out of the bottle and it’s easy to use too much.  Also it does not contain chemical foaming agents so don’t expect much lather.  This takes some getting used to because we associate lather with effectiveness when really it’s primarily just chemicals.
  • If your skin is dry or sensitive, you can dilute the liquid castile soap by up to 50% with a hydrosol of your choice.  These scented waters add fragrance, skin healing properties and result in a more gentle product.  However, adding water opens your body wash up to spoilage so only make it in quantities that you’ll use within a month or so.
Don’t know where to find castile soap?  See my post on where to find common ingredients for homemade skincare products: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/2150/where-to-find-homemade-skincare-supplies/
For additional DIY bath and body recipes, please see:  http://youngmotherhubbard.com/index/bath-and-body/
Photo Credit: Shower Head Water Drops 7-26-09 1, a photo by stevendepolo on Flickr.

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