I love traveling. Anywhere. Everywhere. I love seeing new places, meeting new people, and trying new foods. As long as I have my loved ones with me, there is only one thing that I really miss when I’m traveling. Showers. Steam, warmth, cleanliness, aromas. It’s my happy place! I choose to make my own body wash so that I can make that experience all mine.
True, a bar of soap works just fine to get clean, but it doesn’t have the same effect of lather on a washcloth or natural sea sponge like this one. It can also leave me feeling a little sticky and dry out my skin. This body wash is a snap to make, unlike homemade bar soap!
I also use this as my shave gel. I pour a little in my hand and rub it over the skin to be shaved. It honestly works as well as any store-bought shave gel I’ve tried!
Honey has natural antibacterial properties and has actually been shown to clear up acne and speed wound healing by fighting infection and sloughing off dead skin! In fact, hospitals in New Zealand frequently use honey to treat burn victims. Check out this news article by Foxnews about the healing benefits of honey. You don’t have to have a major injury to benefit from honey though! Who doesn’t want clearer, smoother skin? Honey works like magic to keep blemishes at bay and rejuvenate skin.
But honey is sticky, right? Sticky body wash. No thanks! I have to admit I was skeptical! Honey actually makes the body wash more creamy and softens your skin–as well as clearing up acne. There is no stickiness factor.
Be sure to use raw honey though, as there is a huge difference between raw and processed honey. If you aren’t sure where to purchase it locally, you can buy organic raw honey here.
Natural oils can be a little bit of a trial and error as everyone’s skin is different. Coconut Oil is one of my favorites. My skin just loves it. I don’t break out and don’t get oily. Oils can be used in all kinds of personal hygiene items. Oil cuts oil. Its counter-intuitive, but true!! That’s what makes it so great in this body wash. It cleans your personal oils without leaving your skin dry. Some other oils that work well in this recipe are castor, avocado, almond, jojoba, grape seed and olive oil.
Dr Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile soap is nice because you can add your own essential oils to give this body wash your personal scent. I also like Dr Bronner’s Almond Castile soap to give it a gentle scent without the necessity of adding additional essential oils to the recipe.
Vitamin E helps repair and moisturize skin. In fact, a physical therapist recently recommended that my husband use vitamin E on his scar tissue to help it heal and minimize permanent scarring. We don’t all have scars that we are trying to heal, but who couldn’t use a little skin repair and moisturizing!
Useful for their lovely scent and their therapeutic action, essential oils are a great addition to any personal care product. They are great because you can customize to your personal tastes.
1/4 c. Coconut Oil or other oil that works for you!
1/4 c. Organic Raw Honey
1 t. Vitamin E Oil
1/2 c. Castile Soap
10 drops Essential Oils (optional)
If you are using coconut oil, put it in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted. If you are using another oil, just measure it into a bowl. Gently stir in honey and vitamin E oil. Don’t worry too much if they are still separating. Slowly add castile soap mixing gently so that you don’t create bubbles. If you get bubbles, it will make it impossible to get into your bottle! Add essential oils if you are using them and stir. Slowly pour into a pump or squirt bottle. Shake gently before use since it naturally separates.
Since all of the elements of this recipe are shelf stable, it will keep several months.
Tip: Try this as a shave gel as well.