In case you haven’t noticed, I kind of love making my own spa products. It feels like I’m beating the system by just saying no to industrial skincare. Plus I figure that if I care about what I put in my body (and I do) then how can I not care what I put on my body. Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on you you put in you so maybe it’s time to start reading the labels on products from the drugstore as well as products from the grocery store.
Since there are a lot of dubious ingredients in even the most expensive skin-care products it seems easier, cheaper and healthier to make my own. One of my favorites is all-natural body wash. I’m pretty sure once you try it, you’ll agree.
Grating the castile soap was really easy and only took a few minutes. Beware that it looks exactly like grated mozzarella cheese and one of your kids might be tempted to snatch a little bit. Good news is he’ll only do it once and the next time your cooking maybe he’ll ask first if he can have a taste. Or ask if it’s even food. Lesson learned farm kid #1.
A lot of body wash recipes use liquid castile soap. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff but it is kind of spendy and with the amount of soap we go through around here I had to find an alternative. Fortunately castile soap also comes in bar form and it is cheaper than the liquid. I bought this bar at my local grocery store for around $3.50.
Now you need to cover it with paper towel and put it somewhere it won’t get disturbed for 24 hours. This is important people! If you mess with it during this time it will get all goopy and weird. Just set it and forget it.
5 1/2 cups distilled water
I bar castile soap, grated
2 tbsp. vegetable glycerine
2 capsules vitamin E (1000 I.U. each)
30 drops essential oil
The next day remove paper towel from pot and add remaining 1/2 cup of water. Stir vigorously with a whisk. Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a counter-top blender) and blend on medium for about 30 seconds . Mixture will turn white and become smooth. Pour mixture into a glass or plastic container with a pump lid. For example, this 8 oz. glass pump bottle. Label and place in shower. Store excess in a mason jar.
Yield: about 6 cups or 48 oz.