It seems like I am getting more crunchy all the time. “Green” you might say. A few years ago I was eating Taco Bell on a regular basis, slathering my skin in toxins, and taking way too many medications. Enter the crunchy mom Kara. She is gluten- and dairy-free (among others), cloth diapering, and making her own body wash!
Now I’m not going to pretend that I live a perfectly green life. I still use some mainstream makeup and a few toxic cleaning products, but I’m trying to live a moderated life. I do feel better now that I’m not eating junk, and I can feel better cleaning around L knowing I’m not exposing him to carcinogens.
This brings me to the part of the show where I tell you how to make DIY body wash like I did! It was WAY easier than I thought, and very effective.
First, get yourself a foaming hand soap pump. Fill it to the “soap” line with castile soap (about 2 oz). I recommend the baby/unscented version, but you can skip the next step if you get a scented version.
Second, add a few drops of essential oils. I used 7 drops of lavender, 3 drops of eucalyptus, and 3 drops of lemon. You could use tea tree oil, peppermint, or others, but this is what I used. I need to make an interjection about the oil, though. Tiffany from Mamahood Essentials was kind enough to send me a sample of her lavender oil! The oils are way better quality than most, and the company ethically sources the oils. I used to avoid lavender scented products because I thought they smelled weird, but this honestly smelled good. I even dropped some on my pillowcase to drift off to sleep! Also, I would recommend adding your favorite oil to wool dryer balls. How adorable are these Friendsheep ones?! They are the best, and I can never resist a good pun…ANYWAYS, back to the last step of your DIY body wash.
Third, fill the rest of the way with water (about 8 oz) and enjoy! It takes a little getting used to if you are used to shower gel. I almost thought I wasn’t getting it washed off, but I was. Castile soap is oil-based, so it feels different. It is very moisturizing, though. I always had dry skin, but this stuff never gives me scaly skin! I use way less lotion, and since this stuff is super cheap to make, it’s a win-win!
Let me know if you try this! This is a great first step towards a more natural home.