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Why Make Homemade Body Wash?
To be blunt, I made my own body wash at first because we were broke.
When you think about it...body wash is pretty dang expensive.
And for what? Soap, loaded with artificial fragrance, phthalates, parabens, SLS, triclosan...ingredients that are pointless and can even be toxic. (If you want to know more about why ingredients like this are dangerous, check out my blog post on homemade liquid hand soap where I break it down.)
Of course, I want to avoid these toxic ingredients. Who doesn't? But store-bought natural, organic body wash can be even more expensive.
And so, I decided to come up with my own homemade body wash recipe.
Now, it's all I use! It is so easy and cheap to make your own soap. Check it out:
Homemade Body Wash Recipe
Apricot oil (or almond oil, jojoba oil, etc)
optional - essential oils
Fill an empty bottle up a fourth of the way with liquid castile soap. I use Dr. Bronner's castile soap, typically.
Next, add in your favorite oil. I like apricot oil because it's on the cheaper side, but almond oil or jojoba oil will work great, too! 3 tablespoons will do for a 16oz bottle. However, if your bottle is smaller, a tablespoon or two will be enough.
Then, add in a tablespoon of vitamin E. Again, adjust accordingly depending on the size of your bottle.
While I don't typically add in essential oils, you can certainly opt to. Add these in now with the oils and give the bottle a good swirl.
Lastly, fill the bottle the rest of the way up with water, cap it, and shake.
The oils will, of course, separate from the water. To incorporate them together again, I give the bottle a good shake before I wash my body.
And there you have it - now you know how to make homemade body wash if you run out, or want to try a cheaper but quality product.
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