Homemade Natural Body Wash

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By Jess Baumgardner 

As soon as my mom told us we could stop using bar soap (it was totally drying out my skin!), I was on a mission to try all of the body washes the world had to offer  – along with that cute little mesh sponge.

Since then, I’ve tried plenty and bought into all of their claims – perfect for sensitive skin, acne-clearing, super-moisturizing, ultra-luxurious. But now, I honestly can’t remember any one product that I stuck with long enough to remember its name or its benefits.

Fast forward 20-some years and I’m back to basics. I’m trying to reduce the amount of toxic materials I put into my body and on it. Since the skin is the largest organ, I want to make sure that I’m feeding it only what it needs – and that means no added parabens, chemical-produced fragrance, or other ingredients that disrupt your body’s hormones and overall health.

Plus, I LOVE saving money, so if I have time – I like to make my own! The recipe below has just a few simple ingredients, including raw honey, essential oils and castile soap.

The Benefits Of These Amazing Ingredients

Castile Soap: Made from only vegetable ingredients, castile soap does not have any animal fat or synthetic detergents like many products do. It is gentle and moisturizing.

Raw Honey: The benefits of raw honey are seemingly endless – antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal, raw honey has antioxidants to keep your skin happy and is a great cleanser and exfoliator.

Castor Oil: This ingredient is great for constipation (keep that in mind!), but here we are using it to moisturize the skin quickly.

Olive Oil: This oil contains 3 antioxidants – vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols – that help to prevent aging of the skin. Plus, olive oil doesn’t clog pores and helps to moisturize the skin.

Essential Oil: I’ve saved the best for last! Here, my friends, is where you get a yummy scent without using something from a chem lab. I personally love lavender and rose – but there are SO many oils that you can experiment with. Citrus or peppermint would be awesome for waking up the early morning shower people!

With these incredible benefits in mind, give this recipe a try and let us know how it goes!

Homemade Natural Body Wash
 
Homemade Natural Body Wash
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp oils (I used 1 tbsp each of castor oil and olive oil)
  • 10 drops of essential oil of choice (or more for your preferences)
Instructions
  1. Carefully mix all ingredients by hand with a spoon in a glass liquid measuring cup. Do not use a blender, whisk or had mixer as this will create bubbles and make it impossible to get into a container.
  2. Pour into a (preferably glass) container.
  3. Put it to good use and enjoy!

This is too easy not to try! Make this and you’ll know exactly what is going on your skin the next time you shower. What scent sounds best to you? Let us know in the comments below!  

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Jessica Baumgardner

Jessica Baumgardner

Certified Holistic Health Coach at Health Coach Philly
Jessica Baumgardner, aka Health Coach Philly, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She is dedicated to helping women improve their nutrition, reduce stress, lose weight and increase their energy through her personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs.

Jessica holds a Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school and the only school integrating over 100 dietary theories, from traditional philosophies like ayurveda and macrobiotics, to modern concepts.

After successfully using a holistic approach to prepare for her wedding in 2012, Jessica decided to share her knowledge of whole foods and healthy living with women, to help them fulfill their own personal goals.
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