January 9, 2013
Ever since I was a child, I have had sensitive skin. I could not use lotions or even laundry detergent that contained perfumes or fragrances of any kind. Over the years if I could not find a product that was fragrance free then I just used whatever was the least irritating for my skin. I never thought that I could make my own bath and beauty products but recently, with a little research, I have been able to try out a few ways to save my skin! Some of the recipes have worked and some….not so much.
The first success that I want to share is the body wash that I made. I used liquid castile soap as the base which is made from a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils along with pure essential oils. I know it sounds weird that the soap is made from oils….I was hesitant at first. It definitely has some getting used to. After my first attempt at the soap, I felt very greasy afterwards but after a few adjustments I got it right.
Here’s what you do:
- 1 c filtered water
- 1/4 c liquid castile soap
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerine
- 12-15 drops of essential oils (optional)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and pour into a squeeze bottle.You can also pour the ingredients directly into the bottle and shake it. Use this soap just like any other liquid soap. It lathers up nicely when used with a bath pouf.
The brand that I use is Dr. Bonner and it comes in several different scents: unscented/baby, almond, citrus, eucalyptus, peppermint, rose, tea tree and lavender. If you prefer a different scent, you can use the unscented and add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oils. I get mine at the local Whole Foods, but you can also get then online at Amazon as shown above.
I’ve been using this wash now for about six months and I will never go back to using commercial soaps. In fact, one day I forgot that I needed more soap and got into the shower. When I realized that I didn’t have my soap I reached out and grabbed an old bottle of Bath & Body Works wash. As soon as I stepped out of the shower I started itching and had to take another shower with the castile soap. I had been dealing with the itch and irritation for so many years that I didn’t even notice it wasn’t normal!
UPDATE: A reader commented below asking about the cost savings compared to buying body wash at the store. I never really thought about how much it costs because I was so happy with my skin not being irritated. So I, figured it out and to make one bottle of this wash, it would cost $0.86. That includes the cost of the bottle. Without the bottle it costs $0.69. And a bottle lasts about 3 weeks. Not too bad!
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