After I wrote my blog about the no-poo shampoo I use, my husband wanted me to figure out a recipe for body wash.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of that myself, but as soon as he requested it I started my research on what makes a good body soap.
What I found was that how we treat our hair should be similar to how we treat our skin. I created a body wash that has very similar ingredients to my no-poo shampoo.
Coconut milk is the main ingredient, along with castile soap. The milk nourishes the skin with natural moisturizers. It is rich in vitamin A and C, calcium, iron and natural proteins, which help achieve a smooth skin.
I’ve also heard that coconut milk has anti-aging benefits (but I never know if I should believe that or not — I guess I’ll find out in the next 20 years and see how well I’m aging).
Another important ingredient is vegetable glycerin. This gives the body wash the ability to create lots of suds.
I have to say my favorite part about this recipe is the amount of scent options you have. I used lavender essential oil this time, but any oil that is good for the skin can be used, allowing you to make a floral scented soap or a citrus soap. Really, anything your heart desires.
I will let you in on an essential oil secret: not every oil is great for your skin. I use a book, “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy,” by Valerie Ann Worwood, to reference what oils I should use. I’ve seen the book for sale at The Daily Apple here in Worthington, and I highly recommend it.
However, there are a couple things I’ll forewarn you about, should you choose to try this. One, the body wash is very liquid-y, so a washrag or a loofah is needed. Two, it was also quite spendy to make: when I tallied up the cost, it ran me $6.68. However, because it is suds up well, you don’t need to use much at all. I believe we’ve been on the same bottle for a couple months now, and the cost for using natural ingredients is worth it to me.
- ½ cup coconut milk ($0.37)
- 1 cup castile soap ($4)
- 10 drops essential oil — I used lavender ($0.20)
- 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin ($0.75)
- ½ teaspoon vitamin E (1.36)
- plastic or glass bottle — I used an old agave bottle
1. Combine all ingredients in the bottle.
2. Swirl bottle until all ingredients are mixed.
1. Swirl to mix ingredients with each use. The ingredients will separate from day to day.
2. Pour a quarter sized amount onto a washcloth, sponge or loofah and lather it up to use.