Today I'm testing two body wash recipes! Body wash is one of those things that we sensitive-skinned folks seem to perpetually be looking for and spending tons of money on. Let's start with:
Lavender-Lemongrass Body Wash
- 1tbs oats (rolled or steel-cut, to infuse)
- 2tbs almond oil (can also use coconut, avocado, jojoba or any other oil)
- 1tsp citric acid (acts as a mild preservative, I found some at a local home-brew store)
- 1tbs honey
- 1-1/2c liquid castile soap (I chose the Dr Bronner's baby-mild)
- 30 drops of essential oils; lavender, chamomile and lemongrass
- 1tsp of guar gum (a thickener, I didn't have this on hand & tried replacing it with cornstarch with limited success)
- Container with pump (sterilized)
Step 1-- Infuse the oats with 1c of boiling water until the water cools, approximately 1 hour (consider infusing other herbs as well like rosemary or mint!). Strain to remove the oats and discard.
Step 2-- Whisk the oil, honey, infusion and citric acid together until smooth. You may need to heat it in the microwave if you are using coconut oil to get it to blend thoroughly.
Step 3-- Add the guar gum (or cornstarch if you are impatient like me) and whisk quickly to avoid clumping. Immediately add the liquid castile soap and whisk until smooth and blended.
Step 4-- Fold in essential oils with a spatula and pour into a (sterilized) container with a funnel.
Tips-- This recipe yielded 1- 16oz bottle and half of a pint-sized canning jar (or it would have been half if I hadn't spilled a bunch of it...). Store out of direct sunlight and shake before using. This recipe contains a mild preservative, so unrefrigerated should last upwards of 6 months. To get the most out of your oat-infusion, squeeze them against the strainer to get as much water out of them as possible.
Now here's body wash recipe number two:
Almond-Lavender Body Wash
- 1/4c oats (rolled or steel-cut, for infusion)
- 1/4c liquid castile soap (I chose Dr Bronner's Almond flavor)
- 15-30 drops lavender essential oil
- 1tsp vitamin E oil
- 2tsp jojoba oil (may also substitute avocado oil)
- Container with pump (sterilized)
Step 1-- Infuse the oats with 3c of boiling water for 1-2 hours or until the water has cooled to room temperature. Strain the oats from the water and discard oats.
Step 2-- Mix the castile soap, lavender oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil in a small bowl and whisk until combined
Step 3-- Using a funnel, first pour the soap/oil mixture into the container and then the oat infusion until the bottle is nearly full.
Tips-- This recipe yields 1- 16oz bottle of body wash. Again, store at room temperature out of direct sunlight and it should last approximately 6 or so months!
BETA TESTER RESULTS
- Thick (or would be if I could follow directions) and foamy
- Moisturizing with a lovely body-feel
- Requires specialty ingredients that I don't have readily in my kitchen or at my closest grocery store
- Scent combo needs refining, the lavender totally overpowered the lemongrass and chamomile
- Short, simple process
- Ingredients are usually on hand or easy & inexpensive to buy
- Lovely scent combo
- Not as thick or moisturizing of a feeling on the body
- Separates easily so needs a lot of shaking to re-combine
These were so fun, I'll definitely be trying more body wash recipes in future. The last few weeks have been a bit nuts for me, but I have many fun projects in the works to show you soon!
As always, I love to know what you think of these projects and what you came up with in your own beta tests, so hit me up on the interwebs with the hashtag #BodyWashBetaTester