DIY Body Wash So Simple a Caveman Could Do It
We live in a modern world with an innumerable supply of mass-produced hygienic products, causing those of us who are health conscious to question the safety and efficacy of those products. When it comes to personal health and beauty, we need to have a certain level of discernment when choosing the products we use on our skin. In a world where big-company marketing pushes the idea that beauty is only skin deep, we understand that there’s also beauty in demonstrating wisdom before we believe the claims of beauty product manufacturers.
Better yet, we also understand that there’s beauty in making our own beauty products with ingredients that we select and with the scents that we want. Many beauty experts now suggest that the only way to ensure the products we use are safe is to make them ourselves. One beauty product that you can make at home is DIY body wash. Homemade is fun, homemade is simple, and the best body wash you’ll ever use will be the one that you made all by yourself.
Reasons Why DIY Bodywash is Superior
It doesn’t take long to think of reasons why everyone needs to start making their own body wash. But for those of you who like lists, let us consider a few benefits of DIY body wash below. After all, it’s good to know why we do what we do!
Many conventional body washes on the market are expensive. Higher-end brands cost double the price or more. Instead of your money going to giant corporate ad campaigns or fancy packaging, you’ll get more bang for your buck if you spend it on the raw materials to make your own body wash instead. Forget the high prices, costly chemicals, and synthetic smells. Save your money!
Limits Chemical Exposure
Commercial body wash contains harsh ingredients that only chemists can pronounce. Those chemicals may detrimentally affect our skin’s health and moisture balance. While we can’t look at each one of these chemicals in this post, some of them may even be carcinogenic! DIY body wash contains only the essential ingredients that are safe and effective.
Promotes a Natural Lifestyle
We ought to always strive to eat and live well. That’s why we recommend naturally grown food products over processed foods with additives. But, why stop with the things we eat? Using and creating your own natural beauty products is exciting and will promote an all-around natural lifestyle.
Everyone in the Family Can Enjoy
Since you control what goes into your DIY body wash, you can rest assured when you use it for your children. Do you want a milder and more basic body wash for your newborn? Great, use a few simple mild ingredients tailored to your baby’s sensitive skin.
Are you on a budget? Just create a giant batch of body wash for your whole family and save tons of money over the store-bought varieties.
Everything Can Be Personalized
DIY body wash can also be personalized depending on your skin’s needs and the scents you love. Some essential oils that you might want to add to your body wash recipe are eucalyptus essential oil, lemon essential oil, lavender essential oil, and more. There are so many amazing scents waiting for you! Before you try a bunch of new oils in your body wash, check out which ones are known to provide the best aromatic results. Also, make sure that the essential oils you use aren’t known to irritate the skin.
Creates Fun Memories
Oftentimes, some of the best memories include making something while having “deep” discussions with friends and family members. Or, maybe you remember your mom or dad teaching you how to plant your first flower. Whatever the case, you can create those same kinds of memories with the ones you care about as well. So, carry on the legacies folks, DIY’s make for happy memories indeed!
DIY Bodywash Common Ingredients
We always strive for convenience, so DIY body wash may sound like a lot of work. But, making our own DIY body wash is really quite simple. Making your own body wash is so simple that even a caveman can do it. You’ll only need a few simple ingredients and the process will take minutes at most.
There are many variants of DIY body wash you can choose from. They include moisturizing honey body wash, oatmeal body wash, orange honey body wash, and more! The options really are endless and completely up to you. To jumpstart the process of making your own body wash, you need to know the basic and essential ingredients. The following list includes ingredients that are easy to find online or maybe even in your kitchen.
The coconut tree is almost known as a tree of life in the natural health world because it’s useful for almost every application in health, beauty, and wellness. Coconut oil is essential in DIY body wash because it provides moisture on skin without clogging pores. Unlike some other natural moisturizers, coconut oil does not have a foul scent. Just the opposite, you’ll smell like you just spent a relaxing day at the beach drinking Pina Coladas!
Over time, your coconut oil may separate from your other ingredients. When that happens, just give your body wash a good shaking and all will be well again. It’s quite normal for ingredients in naturally made products to separate, so there are no worries if that happens to yours. Also, most people don’t have any issues with their coconut oil turning solid. But, if that becomes a problem, just use almond oil or coconut milk instead.
Liquid Castle Soap
There are various kinds of liquid Castile soaps available depending on what you want in your body wash mixture. Very mild and natural forms of this soap can easily be found online as well. You’ll notice that there’s a wide range of various scents available, as well as the kinds of oils used in the soap. If most other soaps leave your skin filmy and dry, you’ll definitely want to try this instead. Also, it lathers nicely too!
Raw Manuka Honey
The benefits of Manuka honey are well documented and quite impressive as we’ve discussed at greater length here on Enticingly Simple. Using raw honey (especially Manuka Honey) ought to be non-negotiable when it comes to promoting skin health. If you want healthy skin, use raw Manuka honey. Period.
The essential oil options that can be used in your homemade body wash are virtually endless. Once you start making your own body wash and other homemade beauty products, you may even build up a collection of essential oils that’s quite impressive (if you don’t have a massive collection already).
For DIY body wash, the most popular choices include lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, tea tree, sweet orange, jasmine and more. If you want to start with something a bit more gentle, use chamomile. If you want something more invigorating to start your day, try peppermint or eucalyptus along with a mix of citrus oils.
Once you’ve acquired your 4 main kinds of basic ingredients, you are ready to make your own body wash.
What You’ll Need:
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup raw honey (Manuka Honey is best)
- ½ cup liquid castile soap
- 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of grapefruit, lemon, or lime essential oil
- 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E
Step 1: Melt the coconut oil in a glass bowl or measuring cup for about 30 seconds.
Step 2: In a bowl, combine coconut oil, essential oils, honey, and Vitamin E. Mix well.
Step 3: Slowly stir in liquid castile soap. Add the soap very gently without creating a lot of suds.
Step 4: Pour mixture into any container of your choice. For best results, shake before each use.
If you tend to be tired in the morning, the invigorating scent of this aromatic body wash will definitely bring you to your senses. After you make it once, try alternating different kinds of citrus scents to see which you like best.
You could also add a bit of peppermint oil to this recipe to feel even more refreshed in the morning.
While this is not nearly as involved as making natural homemade soap from scratch, you may want to start basic at first. When you are more comfortable and confident, you can start to implement more exciting scents, experiment with differing amounts of soap, and so on.
Since there are a lot of essential oils to choose from, you can experiment with whichever essential oils can be mixed together to most effectively create the scents you want. You can also learn more about the many benefits of essential oils for aromatherapy.
If you weren’t sure how to measure one teaspoon of Vitamin E (if you don’t have it in plain liquid form), just add the content of a gel capsule. Vitamin E is great for skin repair and moisturizing. It also preserves the shelf-life of your body wash. Definitely, be sure to use Vitamin E in your body wash during the winter months since you’ll be more susceptible to dry and chapped skin.
Enjoy Your Bodywash
Striving for a natural and healthier life is doable. In the case of DIY body wash, there are only a few basic ingredients that you’ll need to make the healthiest body wash you’ve ever used. So, go ahead and start creating your own customized blends of body wash.
I suggest you create 3-5 different mixes with various scents so that you’ll always enjoy a new aromatic adventure every time you bathe. Once you smell your own amazing creations and get cleansed without nasty chemicals, you’ll never purchase synthetic body wash again!
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