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Body wash is the third DIY skin care product that I make for myself at home. Most body washes have water as their first ingredient, and it seemed like I was paying a lot of money for some water and soap. Instead, I decided to make my own and use a soap I love and that I love the smell of. You can buy this soap in it’s liquid form and use it as a body wash as well, but I like the thickness that I get when making my own.
Body wash Ingredients:
Distilled Water: I like to use distilled water rather than the water from my tap. I live in a era 1950’s house and our water is pretty hard and full of minerals. I would like the body wash to stay shelf stable since it does last so long, distilled water does the trick. I use 6 cups of water, because that’s what filled my containers. I have a small pump container in the shower and refill container in the bathroom closet.
Castile Soap: I like Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Peppermint soap. I love the refreshing scent of peppermint. I find it alerting and soothing at the same time so it works for when ever I can take a shower depending on my boy’s schedule. I only need one bar. You could also use a plain castile soap and add your own scents to it with essential oils.
body wash instructions:
Heat 6 cups of distilled water to just below boiling. While that is heating I shave the soap with a paring knife. I find this works better than a cheese grater. Make sure to get the pieces pretty thin so that the melt easier in the pot.
Once the water is hot, but not boiling toss in the soap. It takes about an hour to fully melt, I stir it occasionally and reduce the heat to very low so that it remains warm but doesn’t start to boil if I can’t keep a close eye on it (you know because I have a two boys under the age of 6). It will foam a little and as the soap melts the water will be clear.
Once melted remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool. I just leave it alone overnight. It may have congealed a little by morning and become opaque. I give it a quick mash and stir with my potato masher and pour it into my containers.
You need to give it a good shake every once in a while to break it up so that it’s easy to dispense.
There you have it, body wash made from good ingredients that lasts a very long time and is the cost of a bar of soap!
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