The other day, I spent a few hours doing some Fall cleaning around the house, purging items we don’t use anymore, transitioning our clothes to the season, and transferring our little guy’s newborn clothes to the basement and replacing them with 6 month clothing (cue the sentimental tears). After moving and scrubbing and loading and washing, I was 1) exhausted and 2) in desperate need of a shower. Taking a shower after a long day’s work is one of the most relaxing and feel-good things we can do. Washing the day’s grim away and feeling fresh again, and maybe following the shower with some nice lotion or heel salve can end the day beautifully.
I think our feeling of cleanliness after a shower not only has to do with the soap washing the dirt away, but the way the soap feels and smells. Unfortunately, most conventional sudsy body wash options have many artificial fragrances and other ingredients that you might not be too crazy about putting on your body’s largest organ day after day. But with this homemade natural body wash, you can save money, still experience the suds and lovely smells, and make sure that only natural ingredients are involved. It won’t take you too much time to make, either!
“When I played soccer in high school, I spent a lot of money on fancy body wash products (and fancy personal care products in general). I definitely bought into all the claims of how they would make your skin softer/tighter/smell great/acne free/etc and had several that I mixed and matched to get the scent and effect I wanted (chemical cocktail anyone?)
I don’t use most conventional products anymore and usually just default to using bar soap, but when I still want the skin softening, great smelling benefits of body wash, I make my own.
Natural Body Wash Ingredients…
This body wash combines several of my favorite skin care ingredients. I use:
- Raw honey: I’ve posted before about how honey is a great skin care ingredient on its own and how it is great for wound healing (and even used in hospitals). In this recipe, it helps soften skin and is naturally soothing & antibacterial. I use local, raw honey when possible and use an organic raw honey (like this one) when I can’t find any locally.
- Natural Oils: I use the oil cleansing method to wash my face each day and my skin has never looked better. This recipe uses natural oils to accomplish some of the same benefits as oil cleansing for the whole body. I used a mixture of castor oil and olive oil.
- Liquid castille soap- This gives it the cleansing ability. I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild so that I can customize the scent with essential oils, but any scent of organic liquid castille soap will work.
- Essential Oils: I buy organic essential oils in bulk for use in recipe like this and other homemade care products.
I use a natural sea sponge (like this one) with this body wash and it works really well. Since all ingredients in this recipe are shelf stable, it seems to last a really long time, though I still make it in small batches so I can customize the scent to my ever-changing favorites.”