As people are becoming their own skin experts, they are more conscious of the products they use every day. More and more people are hopping onto the ‘all-natural’ bandwagon. In fact, some are ditching all those commercial products like makeup, sunscreens, face cleansers and shower gels right into the trash!
Commercial shower gels or body washes are readily available almost everywhere, from big box stores to corner drug stores. They come in a variety of fragrances, but that fantastic smell is often due to a concoction of chemicals. We may not realize it, but slowly and steadily, these chemicals creep into our bloodstream through our skin and lead to toxic buildup in our bodies.
While you may have taken control of what goes inside your body, it’s time to control what goes on outside as well. Homemade body washes are pretty easy to make and do not include any harmful chemicals or preservatives.
We bring to you the 5 best recipes to make your own homemade body wash; it not only helps you get rid of the unnecessary toxins of commercial soaps but also makes you smell oh-so-amazing!
- Method 1: Raw Honey Body Wash
- Method 2: Coconut Milk Body Wash
- Method 3: Glycerin Body Wash
- Method 4: Aloe Vera Body Wash
- Method 5: Used Soap Bar Body Wash
Method 1: Raw Honey Body Wash
Honey is one such golden elixir that has been in use since ancient times for healing as well as enhancing beauty. While honey can be gooey and sticky to slather directly on your skin, incorporating it into your own homemade body wash is a clever way to add honey to your daily skin care regimen.Honey can also help you get glowing skin and gorgeous hair.
Honey works as a humectant, drawing in moisture to the skin. It is also loaded with essential nutrients and antibacterial properties. Plus, raw honey will take care of skin troubles like acne or psoriasis.
This recipe also uses Castile soap that is super gentle on your skin and will add suds to the shower gel. The castor and olive oils will help moisturize and nourish your skin, and the lavender essential oil will help relax your mind and body.
Things you’ll need:
- Liquid Castile soap (cleanser) – 3 tablespoons
- Raw honey (humectant) – 3 tablespoons
- Castor oil (moisturizes body) – 1 tablespoon
- Olive oil (moisturizes body) – 1 tablespoon
- Lavender essential oil (relaxes mind and body) – 10 drops
Step 1. Combine honey with Castile soap and oils
- Pour 3 tablespoons of Castile soap into a jar.
- Add 3 tablespoons of raw honey to it.
- Add 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and castor oil.
Step 2. Add essential oil, mix well & store the body wash
- Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to the mix.
- Using a spoon, thoroughly mix the ingredients.
- Transfer the prepared body wash to a dispenser and use daily when you bathe.
The honey body wash will stay good for 2 to 3 months at room temperature.
Method 2: Coconut Milk Body Wash
This homemade body wash is surely a summer’s retreat. If you love smelling coconutty, do try this recipe. It uses coconut milk that is full of healthy fatty acids to relieve and hydrate the skin in the summer months. Coconut milk also has antibacterial properties.You can learn how to make homemade coconut milk here.
The castile soap used as a sudsy base is also extremely gentle on your skin, while helping slough away the impurities.
Optionally, you can add in some lavender essential oil for fragrance as well as to enhance the skin-healing properties of the body wash.
This body wash is extremely gentle and can be used also as a face wash and shampoo.
Things you’ll need:
- Coconut milk (nourishes skin) – ¼ cup
- Liquid Castile soap (gentle cleanser) – ⅓ cup
- Lavender essential oil (adds fragrance) – 10 drops
Step 1. Combine Castile soap, coconut milk and lavender essential oil
- Pour ⅓ cup of Castile soap into a container.
- Add ¼ cup of coconut milk to it.
- Add in 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
Step 2. Whisk the ingredients and store the body wash
- Use a hand blender to whisk up the ingredients.
- Transfer it to a bottle and use it when you bathe.
This coconut milk body wash will stay good for up to 1 week. It is advisable to make small batches to avoid spoilage and waste.
Method 3: Glycerin Body Wash
Glycerin is an odorless and colorless viscous fluid found in several beauty products. Similar to honey, it works as a humectant to moisturize and restore supple skin. Since pure glycerin can also draw moisture out of your skin, it needs to be mixed with other ingredients so that it’s replenishing for the skin.
This body wash includes coconut oil, castile soap and vitamin E oil for moisturizing your skin and protecting it against damage. We’ve also added rose essential oil for its fragrance and therapeutic properties.
Things you’ll need:
- Liquid Castile soap (cleanser) – ½ cup
- Vegetable glycerin (acts as humectant) – 3 tablespoons
- Coconut oil (nourishes skin) – 1 tablespoon
- Vitamin E oil (antioxidant and increases shelf life) – 1 teaspoon
- Rose essential oil (antibacterial) – 20 to 30 drops
Step 1. Combine Castile soap, glycerin and coconut oil in a container
- Pour ½ cup of Castile soap into a container.
- Add 3 tablespoons of glycerin.
- Also add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
Step 2. Add vitamin E oil & rose essential oil, mix & store
- Add about 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil to the other ingredients.
- Finish up with 20 to 30 drops of rose essential oil.
- Mix everything well using a hand blender.
- Transfer the body wash to a dispenser and use when you bathe.
You can store your own homemade body wash for 2 to 3 months at room temperature.
Method 4: Aloe Vera Body Wash
Known as Cleopatra’s beauty secret, aloe vera is a natural skin serum that is rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The clear gel derived from aloe vera leaves can be used to heal minor burns and cuts, reduce wrinkles and blemishes, and also get rid of acne. Plus, it serves as an excellent hair conditioner.
When used in a body wash, aloe vera will help combat dry skin. The vitamin E will also nourish the skin and preserve the body wash for a longer time. Sandalwood essential oil will help calm your mind and impart a soothing fragrance to the body wash
Things you’ll need:
- Liquid Castile soap (for suds) – ¾ cup
- Aloe vera gel (heals dry skin) – ½ cup
- Vitamin E oil (increases shelf life) – 1 teaspoon
- Sandalwood essential oil (calms mind and body) – 10 to 15 drops
Step 1. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher
- Pour ¾ cup of Castile soap into a small pitcher.
- Add ½ cup of fresh aloe vera gel.
- Add about 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and 10 to 15 drops of sandalwood essential oil.
Step 2. Blend well, store and use
- Use a motorized blender to mix everything together.
- Transfer it to an old body wash bottle and use when you bathe.
The shelf life of this body wash is 1 week.
Method 5: Used Soap Bar Body Wash
Wondering what to do with all those leftover small chunks of soap bars? Recycle them into a body wash by simply melting them in water. Add in a few drops of an essential oil of your choice for fragrance and your own homemade shower gel will be ready in minutes.
Things you’ll need:
- Leftover soap bars, grated – ½ cup
- Water – 1 cup
- Lavender essential oil (adds fragrance)– 10 to 15 drops
Step 1. Melt and combine grated soap with water
- Pour 1 cup of water into a pan.
- Add ½ cup of grated soap to it.
- Cook the ingredients on medium heat to melt and blend the soap into the water. Stir occasionally during the process.
- When done, transfer the solution to a bowl and let it cool down completely.
Step 2. Add essential oil and store the gel
- Add 10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil to the solution.
- Give it a stir and transfer the solution to a squeeze bottle for use when bathing.
The shelf life of this homemade body wash is 2 to 3 months.
- If you don’t have essential oils at hand, you can also use dried herbs like lavender buds, geranium leaves or rosemary stems.
- Do not go overboard with the essential oils. Add the recommended amount only.
- To maintain hygiene, make sure to air-dry your shower sponges completely before using them again. This will prevent any bacterial growth on the sponges. Also, replace your sponges every 2 months.