When I set out to make this recipe, I was looking for an affordable way to make a natural body wash. The reason I love this recipe is that it turned out to be incredibly affordable and I know exactly what’s in it. You can make 1/2 gallon of this recipe for the cost of a bottle of common body wash from Target.
If you have oily skin, you can start with the amount of almond oil shown (or less) and add more as desired. I have combination skin and this amount works well for me.
All Natural Homemade Body Wash Ingredients
- 1 Bar of Lavender Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – It’s organic!
- Cedarwood Essential Oil (read below why I always use Cedarwood but you can add any EO)
- Lemon or Orange Essential Oil
Chop the bar of soap into small pieces. Add it to approximately 2 cups of distilled water. Just eyeball it. You’re going to add water later to equal 1/2 gallon so it doesn’t have to be exact.
Melt the soap over medium to medium high heat. A low, rolling boil is best for speed. Just stir periodically to prevent boil-over. Once melted. Add another cup or so of water to the pan to bring down the temperature before pouring it into a mason jar(s). I use a 1/2 gallon mason jar but you could easily use 2 quart jars. If you use 2 jars, divide the soap equally between the two jars. Top of the jar(s) with distilled water. Put a lid on the jar(s), lightly shake to combine the water and the soap. Allow the soap to sit on the counter for 24 to 48 hours. You are looking for it to become white and completely solid.
Using a stick blender or other blender (on low), blend the soap so that it is thoroughly mixed. This is when I add the oils. I don’t add them to the entire batch. I add it to the amount I am going to use which is usually 1/2 of the full recipe. The reason is that I use part of the batch for my son and part for my husband and myself.
This is what I add to 1 quart jar of body wash:
- 20 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
- 4 drops of lemon, orange or Peace and Calming essential oil
- 1/4 tsp of almond oil
This body wash is thick and rich, with a nice lather. It stays thick but you will need to shake it before each use. The soap does not separate from the water like in some recipes.
Almond oil is a super light oil and is considered lightly moisturizing. You can add more oil if you need to, so start off with a small amount. You can always add more.
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Hugs ~ Mj