I discovered a sprouting plant in my shower’s drain after using this body wash for a month! If that doesn’t tell you it’s good for the environment, I don’t know what will. Besides turning your drain into a pot plant, this body wash is incredibly nourishing for your skin too.
For those of you that are not in the habit of moisturising regularly, this wash is also the perfect 2-in-1 cleanser and gentle moisturiser. However, if you are looking for a more hard working soap like dear old Protex, you should try my hard bar soap recipe.
For my first body wash, I found a recipe that used coconut milk and castile – what a failure! The wash itself was fine, but it went rancid within a week, and no one wants to be left smelling like a rotten coconut after showering.
So in an attempt to solve this problem, I substituted the coconut milk for coconut oil and added another nourishing ingredient which I know has an everlasting shelf life. Honey – What can I say, I love the stuff!
A word of warning though, you’re going to have to say goodbye to the bubbly bliss that you’re used to. You see, there’s no ‘bubble producing chemical’ in natural body wash, and although there will be bubbles, they’re not nearly as fluffy like the ones you’re accustomed to. BUT sprouting plants and supple, clean skin are worth it.
If the loss of bubbles hasn’t deterred you, then you will find the recipe below.
Lasted me about: 1 month (using every third day)
Estimated shelf life: 3 months
Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.
*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post.
- Besides for the loss of bubble power over time, 250ml lasts about 1 month so you need to double this up if you want it to last longer. I find that hard bar soaps are just as effective and go further, but these are more complex to make (here’s the recipe).
- The scents of essential oils don’t seem to last very long, therefore I’ve personally opted to go fragrance-free, as it saves me having to wash my expensive essential oils down the drain. I make myself smell fresh with essential oils in my moisturiser instead. However, if you do want some fragrance, I have found cinnamon and ginger essential oils to last particularly long.
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- No need to apply moisturiser afterwards.
- The honey helps clear some skin conditions like eczema and breakouts.
- Raw honey: Antiseptic, antibacterial, soothing, moisturises and has a long shelf life. (buy here).
- Castile liquid soap: Biodegradable, saponified olive oil which is mild even for sensitive skin (buy here).
- Vitamin E oil: A natural preservative which is also moisturising.
- Sweet almond/ Jojoba/ Grapeseed oil: Moisturising (buy here).
- Organic coconut oil: Retains moisture in the skin, tones, reduces the appearance of pores, anti-ageing, disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. Does not go rancid (buy here).
- Essential oils (optional): Each have their aromatherapeutic benefits (buy here).
Not sure which brand to buy, and where to buy it? My shopping guide may help you.
- 1/4 cup Raw untreated honey
- 2/3 cup Unscented liquid castile
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- 2 teaspoons Nourishing oil: Sweet almond / Jojoba / Grapeseed*
- 2 teaspoons Organic coconut oil*
- 20-40 drops* Essential oil combination of your choice (depends on your preferred strength of your chosen scent.)
- *optional ingredients.
- Makes 250ml.
- Combine all ingredients well, except the castile liquid.
- Add castile to this mixture, and gently combine without stirring too vigorously; as this will destroy what 'bubbly power' there is.
- Pour into a container of your choice. Glass is always best, but recycling an old container is a good idea too.
- 1) Use raw, untreated and unheated honey - not the processed stuff that's everywhere. Raw honey that's straight out of the beehive is thick, like a spread and it is not clear.
- 2) The body wash will separate into layers, as with most of my natural recipes. Avoid shaking vigorously, as this will kill what bubbles are left! Rather gently turn your bottle so that the layers combine.
- 3) If you want better "bubbly action", and are not particularly looking for a moisturising body wash, then exclude the nourishing oil and coconut oil from this recipe.
Are you new to essential oils? Please read how to use them safely.