You will love this simple, inexpensive, skin-nourishing body wash that uses only two ingredients but creates a lush and creamy lather.
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If you know me a bit you might also know that I love making things myself. I have been on the hunt for a really good body wash for a while.
I have been testing different popular body wash recipes but wasn’t really happy with any one of them.
But now, I would love to share with you the most simple but creamy body wash!
The best part? It only has two ingredients! Yes, you read that right!
Now if you like you can always add in a bit more and I will give you those options below.
Let me introduce the ingredients:
Baby Unscented Pure Castile Liquid Soap
This is my favorite liquid castille soap. It doesn’t have much of a scent and is very gentle to your skin. I mean it’s made for babies … Thus it works really well for even the most sensitive skin.
It is made from organic, fair-trade ingredients but no harsh chemicals. Even though it is gentle enough for babies, it is not tear-free! Just keep that in mind!
You can easily find the baby unscented castille soap in most grocery stores or online. I suggest you get a small amount first (unless you already have some at home) and see how you like this body wash. If you like it as much as I do, I recommend you go big for more savings. You might even be lucky and be able to find this in bulk in your area.
However, even this soap can be a bit drying which is why I have added the second ingredient:
This is my preferred choice of oil. Jojoba oil is most similar to your body’s own sebum (oil).
Amongst other properties, jojoba oil is moisturizing, antibacterial, antioxidant, non-comedogenic, wound-healing, and soothing to your skin.
Exactly what I would like to find in a body wash.
I have tried other oil such as fractioned coconut oil but that didn’t work so well. It somehow created a thicker consistency that was hard to get out of the bottle.
You might experiment with almond oil or other oils here – however I have not tried that so I can’t tell you how well those works.
I recommend that you get the best jojoba oil that you can afford. Which means organic, fair-trade, cold-pressed. I admit that for this post I had the Trader Joe’s brand on hand which is a fine choice but there are better ones. See what suits your wallet and needs best.
How to make:
As I strive to create a zero-waste bathroom, I
hoard collect empty glass bottles, especially those with pump tops. An empty 4 oz bottle if perfect for this body wash.
All you do is fill your bottle about half-way with the castille soap and half-way with jojoba oil.
Place the pump top or lid back on the bottle and give it a good shake. That’s all! Done. Now you have your 2-ingredient homemade body wash! Don’t you love how simple and easy this is?
Customize by adding essential oils
We all love essential oils and there are a gazillion ways to use them. Adding them to your homemade body wash is one of them.
Whatever your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend, they all work well in this body wash.
You can also use essential oils for a more therapeutic effect. Lavender essential oil is healing and soothing. Any essential oil from the citrus family is stimulating, lymph-supporting, and cleansing.
For a 4 oz bottle of your homemade body wash, I suggest 15-20 drops of essential oils. They are widely available, however my favorite brand is Plant Therapy (you can order directly from the company or through amazon).
How to use
Simply add a few squirts or drops of your homemade body wash onto your hands and work it into a lather. You’ll love the rich sudsy foam that cleanses your body, leaves is feeling nourished but not oily.
This also works great for shaving since it is so rich and lathery!
I am still amazed at how simple yet effective this is! Now it’s your turn:
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