Nowadays all of us are becoming more aware of the harm of the chemicals that are commonly found in cosmetic and hygiene products. We have developed a habit when we visit our local market to take each and every product and read the back of it, first investigate then decide either to buy it or not. Moreover a big number of people have found a way to insure their bodies do not get in contact with any type of dangerous chemicals by using simple natural remedies and preparing these products at home.
Consequently the internet is flooding with recipes, instructions and tips on how to find natural substitutes for commercial products.
In addition, we provide you with a simple way to make your own homemade body wash. This moisturizing body wash only takes a few minutes to make and it is also very gentle and can be used on your face. It has multiple purposes meaning it can be used as shaving foam, facial cleaner, lathering shave soap and of course its initial purpose as a body wash.
Honey is the main ingredient that makes this recipe so special. It brings many benefits to your skin, it helps to retain its moisture and elasticity without drying it out. Because of this honey is found to be perfect for damaged, itchy or mature skin. And worry not honey will not make your body wash sticky. Your product will be nice and smooth but remember to use raw, unfiltered honey.
- Carrier oil
Using oil in this recipe will strip you from having to add extra moisturizer afterwards. Another advantage of this type of oil is that it is easily absorbed by the skin. Grapeseed and jojoba oil are the two most commonly used oils.
- Liquid castile soap
Additional foaming agents will not be needed if you use a pure liquid castile soap. Scented or unscented castile soap may also be used and if you choose to use scented castile soap you may leave the essential oil out of this recipe.
- Essential oil
Essential oils are proved to be effective in treatment of damaged or troublesome skin, so we have prepared a list of essential oils and their “powers” at the end of this article.
- Vitamin E oil
This oil suits the skin perfectly especially during summer or winter moths when our skin is most fragile. Moreover, owing to its antioxidant nature it expends the shelf-life of homemade products. Vitamin E oil is also well known for its moisturizing and repairing effect.
Homemade body wash recipe
Owing to not having water as a part of this recipe, the homemade body wash has a long shelf- life up to a year. As we have already mentioned this body wash takes only 5 minutes to make and this recipe will provide you with 8 ounces of liquid.
- ¼ raw honey
- 2 teaspoons sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or olive oil
- 2/3 cup liquid castile soap
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 50-60 drops of essential oil
Put the measured ingredients in a bottle with a squirt top and shake it in order to mix them properly. Do not forget to shake gently before each use. You may apply it on bath pouf, washcloth or directly on your body.
If the raw honey you are using seems thick and creamy you should warm it up a bit to liquefy before you go on to mixing it with the other ingredients.
Essential oils in homemade body wash
The first thing you should take in consideration before you start making this body wash is your specific skin type.
If the body wash is intended to be used by a child you need to use only half of the amount of essential oils.
This oil is especially suitable for oily skin. Use the amount suggested in the recipe and there will be no room for phototoxic concern.
Lavender may be used for all skin types including very sensitive skin because of its gentle nature. It’s found to be effective in soothing itchy skin and treating acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Chamomile soothes dry and sensitive skin and can be used to treat dermatitis, acne and eczema.
This essential oil a great addition to your body wash owing to it being perfect for treating mature skin, oily complexions, eczema, acne and other problematic skin conditions.
Rosemary is to be avoided if you are epileptic, pregnant or have high blood pressure. Otherwise it is known to be restorative and stimulating and is commonly used to treat acne, dermatitis and eczema.
- Sweet orange
Not only does this oil give the perfect citrus smell to your body wash it also helps with dull and oily skin. It is also the only citrus oil that is not phototoxic.
We advise you to add a few drops at a time until you have reached your desired aroma because this oil has an extremely strong scent. It is suitable for irritated and oily skin and also for general skin care.
You shouldn’t limit yourself with the ingredients and essential oils mentioned in this experiment. We encourage you to experiment freely and find a recipe that sooths your needs the most.