My journey to create more of my family’s household products myself is going full force! Thanks to Pinterest and the world of blogging, there is no lack of inspiration when it comes to DIY products! My DIY Sugar Scrub has been a hit in my house! I’ve also made several concoctions for the girls, to combat illness, congestion, and even restlessness at night. As I was sitting down pondering what my next creation would be, by Husband yelled out “Babe, I’m almost out of body wash!”.
DIY Men’s Body Wash!
I immediately begin scouring the web for a recipe, knowing that I had to be careful as his skin gets extremely dry if the wrong products are placed on it. After looking through tons of recipes, I decided to conjur up a little something of my own.
Here’s What I Used:
1/2 Cup Distilled Water
1 Cup Castile Liquid Soap (you can always melt down the bar too if you don’t have liquid) See link below for the best pricing I’ve found on it!
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap – (Unscented, 8 oz)Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – Baby Unscented 16oz.Kirk’s Natural Castile Soap Original – 4 oz Each, 3 ctDr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap – (Baby Unscented, 32 oz)
1 Cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil/ Almond Oil Mix (mix half and half; any of your favorite carrier oils will do)
20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) (I made three different batches with different scents. I’ll share below)
1 tsp of Kosher/Epsom Salt (helps give your soap a longer shelf life)
OPTIONAL: 2 tsp of Vegetable Glycerin or 1 tsp of Vitamin E for added moisture
I simply used a measuring cup to measure each of these, then poured them directly into the bottle, and shook it up. While I initially set out planning to repurpose and old baby wash bottle, I realized if I wanted it to foam I’d need a pump dispenser. You can purchase these on Amazon (see below):
Foaming Soap Dispensers Pump-Bottles for Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap, 250ml (8.5 oz) – Pack of 3Foaming Dispensers for Castile Liquid Soap, 250ml (8.5 oz) – Pack of 3Foaming Soap Dispenser Pump Empty Bottles Hand Soap Liquid Containers – 300ml (10 oz) Set of 2 Foaming Soap Refill Perfect for Castile Liquid Soap By JamHoo (2)
Either one would have worked just fine. I whipped up a couple of extra batches with different scents and stored them in mason jars for refills.
The verdict? My Husband absolutely LOVED this mixture! He said it was sudsy and the perfect consistency. His main rave, however, was how moisturized it left him after his shower! He was amazed that he didn’t even need to apply lotion or a moisturizer afterwards (I checked to confirm, and this was true).
Overall, this recipe was a huge success on the very first try!
Here are the different essential oil scent combinations I made, by order of favorite (according to the Husband). Each of these used the same recipe listed above.
20 Drops of Lemongrass Oil Essential Oil
10 Drops of Cedar Wood Oil Essential Oil
15 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
10 Drops of Patchouli Essential Oil
5 Drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil
Lavender 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 10 mlPatchouli 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 5 mlClary Sage 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 10 ml
10 Drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
10 Drops of Patchouli Essential Oil
10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Patchouli 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 5 mlSweet Orange 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 5 mlFrench Lavender 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil by Edens Garden- 5 ml
**These oil mixtures make for a nice and strong scent. If you’d prefer a less strong/potent scent, use less drops of the essential oils.
I highly recommend you give this recipe a try!
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