DIY “Good For You” Body Wash

19
Aug
2013


I am all about getting a good shower in, sometimes I get so smelly during the day I take two – yep – not very frugal!  It never fails though, if I decide to “wait” to shower until I’ve taken my run or had my session of exercise for the day – it can be dangerous for those around me.  I honestly don’t ever feel quite right until I’ve had my shower.

Oh, and the other part of the secret here is that when I do exert myself…… I sweat like a pig -seriously.  It is disgusting.  I think it must have something to do with my German heritage – or at least that is what I want to believe.  This whole talk of showering and sweating reminded me of a funny story that happened when my husband and I were dating…

We were in the beginning of a workout together at the local L.A. Fitness, both climbing on the stair machine, when I caught a whiff of something really “STANKY” – I mentioned it to my hubby {AKA, boyfriend at the time} and he said that he smelled it.  We continued on and it was getting worse – I was getting all in a bother about how bad it stunk.  It was horrible.  How embarrassing for someone to be smelling like that I thought, as I peered those who were close by me.  Then all of a sudden, my boyfriend pointed out that it was me!

Sure enough, it was – it was horrible.  We had eaten a wonderful meal the evening before full of garlic and it was overflowing from my pores along with my icky workout sweat.  BLAH!  I quickly got off the stair-climber and drove home. I was so embarrassed and I was so glad that I was already well into our relationship so that I did not feel there was a risk he would be completely turned off on the prospect that his future wife could really stink when she sweat!

Okay, now on to the real story here…..

When I saw this recipe for homemade body wash over at LiveSimply I was so excited to try it myself.  Now, let me just say, I used to be more of a homemade person – making more crafty things, baked goods and the such, but within the past oh…..5 years, it has not interested me in the least.  But, here I am in a new season of life and I am actively looking and seeking more natural ways to nourish my family, both inside their bodies and outside.

I was intrigued because this recipe was so easy!  No long drawn out steps or cooking, cooling, etc – just dump it all together and you are good to go.   It only has 5 simple ingredients, which by the way do not cost you an arm and a leg!  I’ve adapted the original recipe which you can find over at LiveSimply to one that works better for me.

bath-wash

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1/2 cup coconut milk  {I happen to have this Low-Fat Trader Joes, but usually use this, which would probably have been a bit better for a body wash – no low fat needed!}

2/3 cup Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap (you can use a different scent if you like)

4 tsp. Vitamin E Oil

8 drops of Essential Oil (I made a batch with Lavender and also Grapefruit.  I use and recommend Young Living Oils – you will get the best possible 100% therapeutic grade essential oils)

4 tsp. Vegetable Glycerin (this is the secret to suds)

Combine all the ingredients in a bottle.  I had a spare plastic bottle from on overnight kit just sitting in my bathroom cabinet, which worked perfectly.  Shake it before use in order to mix it all together.  I found it tends to separate a bit – and you will want to use it with a sponge or washcloth.

I did try doing a batch with more of the Vegetable Glycerin to use it for bubble bath for my youngest, but it just didn’t bubble up.  I may try again and change the ratios of the ingredients a bit more to accomplish this.  I know I would feel much better having him sit in this rather than other bubble bath concoctions we’ve used.

I loved this simple easy recipe, because it was simple – it was quick to make, it used ingredients I felt comfortable with and in the end I know it will save me money.  The added bonus is the wonderful benefits of the essential oils on my skin.  Simply LOVE!  Plus, I have supplies to make more batches.

I love what Kristin said about this wash:

With the cleaning power of Dr. Bronner’s and the antibacterial properties and hydrating moisture of coconut milk mixed with the antioxidant powers of Vitamin E and Essential Oil scent this body soap is a perfect combo for both fighting the dirt and helping this mom relax.

I look forward to showering more than once a day now – my skins does too and I won’t break the bank with expensive body wash that doesn’t nourish my body as well either.  Oh, and by the way – I will likely be getting all spruced up tonight for my anniversary date with my hubby – WOO HOO!  Love celebrating and so blessed to be married to someone who challenges me everyday to be who God intends me to be!

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  • Dawn D

    Thanks for sharing! I cannot wait to give it a try. I do want to put your mind at rest, it is your German heritage. Bob has the same ‘stanky’ problem.I guarantee its in the genes! LOL Garlic, reprocessed through the body, the next day… Ugh!!!

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    WHEW! Well, I do feel better – especially after our hike today – I was one with nature and it was a good thing I was outside, I was sweating like crazy!

  • Lindsay

    What is the shelf life?

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    I have it in my shower for about two weeks, you can also make a larger batch and I keep the balance in the frig until I am ready to fill my container that I keep in the shower.

  • Nicole

    Right now I am pregnant and I know there are some oils that I am not supposed to use. What essential oils would you recommend for a pregnant women that will moisturize dry skin and possibly help with stretch marks? Every normal soap I try will leave my skin feeling soft for the first week and then magically my skin becomes super dry again. I have always struggled with dry skin and my pre natal vitamins don’t seem to be helping with that or my dry, frizzy, dead hair.

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    Try this: Use olive oil as the carrier add 1 drop lavender and 2 drops vitamin E per oz of olive oil. Works fantastic for both – apply am / pm and afternoon as needed.

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  • Megan

    This has to be one of the best blogs I have seen! I love seeing women who are soo in love with life, themselves, their family and God! One of the most beautiful and empowering thins!

  • Lisa

    Does this leave the shower floor slippery afterwards? Does it leave a film?

    Thanks!

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    Nope, it is a great body wash, love it!

  • Janet

    Having been married to a 100% German, I can attest to the sweat issue. I could attest to several other German traits, but they might be better left unsaid.

  • Antoinette

    Can I use this without the coconut milk (or substitute it for another ingredient) for a longer shelf life?

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    I am not sure, I keep mine in the frig and just refill my bottle kept in the shower every week, haven’t had any trouble!

  • Crystal

    Hi cn this be used as a foaming wash?

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    It does not foam with out a sponge. I use it with a sponge and it works great, but will not automatically foam up for you

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  • Kassandra Lynne

    The castille soap should actually be the sudsing agent. Vegetable glycerin is a good alternative to Vitamin E oil which is really nice to use as well! I’ve just made a batch from a recipe I got off another DIY site and used raw honey instead of the coconut milk you are using… the honey is amazing!!! leaves skin feeling really soft! I also infused some coconut oil with elderflower, rose, and jasmine flowers and added that in… then a few drops of rosemary and lavendar… it’s quite nice! Just thinking I’d like to up the dose of the flower infusion for more powerful smell, it’s quite light at the moment… but lovely nonetheless! What a great, cheap way to get clean!! :)