I was always the girl to say no to crafts….and no to homemade anything. It never interested me one bit. But then I got married and started doing my own research. Research is a scary thing! After all, ignorance is bliss—so they tell me. It truly was….until I became aware. I couldn’t continue to buy these carcinogens when I knew what I had to do.
I had to purge.
So let me give you a back story. I have health issues. I have always had issues with my health ever since I was about 12 or 13. Within the past couple years I discovered that I can’t eat gluten and only within the past month or so have I discovered just how sensitive I truly am. Part of ridding my house of toxins began when I researched that I would be needing to start a “diet” (more like a lifestyle change…not a “fad”) called GAPS. This concept was discovered by a neurologist, and consequently, she wrote a book. She encourages ridding your house of toxins so that GAPS will be most effective.
So, here I am. I will be writing more in the future on GAPS and my plan surrounding it. However, today is time for the fun stuff!
My hubby and I decided to make our own body wash. Yeah! He was super enthused and has been amazingly supportive about the changes we’re making for our family. We went to the farmer’s market earlier that morning and then he started (on his own initiative) prepping our table in order to make our body wash…(how cute is he!?)
So, why don’t we get started?!
What You’ll Need:
Raw Unfiltered Honey – This is the best ingredient within this awesome body wash! It helps your skins elasticity and it also helps any blemishes that are lingering. It doesn’t make the body wash at all sticky. Actually, it has the opposite effect. It gives the body wash a smooth silky texture.
Castile Soap – We used unscented because we have essential oils…however, if you want you can use scented and omit the essential oils. OR for a double whammy add essential oils on top of the already scented castile soap. Totally your preference!
*If you’re using peppermint castile soap it may be tingly – so be sure and use with care on sensitive areas of your body.
Oil (Oops, not pictured above! [Jojoba, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, or Olive]) – We used Jojoba. Any of these oils are great carriers and it completely depends on your skin type and what meets your needs. **By the way, Jojoba is a great moisturizer. I mix it with my toxic-free moisturizer when my skin is feeling a bit parched!
Vitamin E – This is an antioxidant and helps give your skin the added boost it needs during the dry winter months. It also helps to preserve your body wash; giving it a longer shelf life.
Essential Oils –We used about 35 drops of Tea Trea and 50 drops of Lavender in ours. It is completely your preference. If you are going with an essential oil, research the potency and the strength so that you don’t overdo it. Also, go organic!
Vegetable Glycerin (Not pictured above) – This is one item we found we needed after testing out our body wash. It seemed to have a little too much of that “squeaky clean” feeling. So, I recommend adding 1 TSP of glycerin per batch … and per your preference.
Bottle (preferably amber) – We did not use amber because I know how things can slip out of the hand (er, in other words, I drop everything!) and in the shower that could be a disaster. We instead recycled an old shampoo bottle…and especially if you don’t want to fully commit to the body wash at first—this is a great way to try it out to decide if you really like it.
Funnel – You can get this anywhere – typically in the baking section of grocery stores.
SO…let’s get started!
• ¼ cup raw, unfiltered honey (local grocery store [Whole Foods, Sprouts…etc])
•⅔ cup liquid castile soap
**(We found ours on Amazon—Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap had heretical doctrine scrawled all over their labels—we didn’t want to give our money to that)
•2 teaspoons oil – grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond, sesame, or olive
(local grocery store [Whole Foods, Sprouts…etc])
•1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (local grocery store [Whole Foods, Sprouts…etc])
**Please note: the pinky. This is a requirement in making a successful body wash.
• 50 – 60 drops essential oils
(local grocery store [Whole Foods, Sprouts, also Here])
Picture By: Ragingwire