Monday, February 14, 2011

Homemade--Natural Body Wash

     If you are looking for an Earth-and-Budget friendly body wash that uses natural ingredients, your best bet is to whip up your own batch at home.  Body wash is essentially just liquid soap.  To create a natural, homemade body wash, all you need is some sort of soap or soap you can turn into a liquid.
     However, the cheapest, easiest and most effective choice is Castile soap.  Traditional Castile soap is created from olive oil and comes in flake, bar, or liquid form.  Using olive oil means the soap is both natural and moisturizing, making it perfect for natural, homemade body wash.  You can use a variety of oils and butters to increase the moisturizing properties of your body wash.
     You can use cocoa butter, shea butter, avacado oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil.  You can use natural essential oils to add the perfect scent, as long as you make sure any essential oils you add are safe for skin use.  Natural vegetable-based food coloring can be used to add a little color to you own recipe.
      For an easy and lightly scented body wash, stir together 1 cup liquid Castile soap, 3 tablespoon coconut oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil, 3 drops rose essential oil in a small bowl.  Mix well and pour into a clean, plastic container. Shake well before each use.  You can alter the type of oil or essential oil in the recipe to suit your needs.  For example, instead of 3 tablespoons coconut oil, use 3 tablespoons almond oil.  Instead of 5 drops lavender and 3 drops rose essential oil, try 4 drops sandlewood and 4 drops vanilla essential oil.

Container, your best choice is plastic.  Glass, wood,or stone are not appropriate choices they are much too fragile or water prone containers.