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How to Make Lavender and Patchouli Body Wash

Updated on September 1, 2017
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Suzanne is a qualified Beautician with experience as a freelance Make-Up Artist.

Pollination of Lavender Buds

lavender oil is extracted from either the flower head or the spike depending on the species.
lavender oil is extracted from either the flower head or the spike depending on the species. | Source

Favorite Fragrance ~

Gorgeous lavender and patchouli, what’s not to love? It is funny how ideas are formed and this recipe is one such case. Having written a number of homemade recipes on a beauty theme, a nice fragrant, shower gel was in my thoughts but I was undecided on which fragrance combination to use with essential oils. It hit me that through the comments left to me on some hubs here, the answer lay so off I went re-reading for some ideas.

I realized a number of my most ardent supporters of natural remedies had mentioned how they loved Lavender, it was their favorite fragrance or that they were growing it and could not wait until their lavender bush was flourishing. Bingo! I had my first blend which could not be a better choice as it is one of my favorites having grown up with lavender bushes in our garden for years. So to ALL my lavender fans, you know who you are, yes that includes you Bill Holland, Bill DeGiulio and Kathryn Stratford, this one’s for you and a sincere thank you for your love of this timeless scent.

Now to the wonderful aromatic Patchouli oil. For this I have to thank Thelma Roberts. Unknown to her, she let slip in an innocent comment she made to me that she used to wear this scent and loved it. The article she commented on had reminded her how much it had suited her and she was keen to use it again. So Thelma, thank you for reminding me of it and how well it would work with lavender.

Lets now take a look at both lavender and patchouli essential oils with their skin care benefits and their therapeutic benefits.

How to Make Lavender and Patchouli Body Wash.
How to Make Lavender and Patchouli Body Wash. | Source

Lavender Essential Oil

101 uses in the home, a must have essential oil.
101 uses in the home, a must have essential oil. | Source
Therapeutic Benefits
Anxiety
Depression
Moodiness
Insomnia
Fear
Tension
Migrane
Irritability
Trauma
Allergies
Fatigue
Nervousness
Muscle Spasms
Respiratory Problems

Lavender Oil ~

Lavender is the common name given to Lavendula of which there are over 30 species throughout the world.

The species Lavendula angustifolia is the most widely cultivated for its essential oil.

Lavender has been traditionally a plant from the “old world” and is a common sight in the warm hot climates along the Mediterranean countries, north and western parts of Africa, Southern Asia and features in every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

A member of the mint family it is known as common lavender, garden lavender, true lavender or English Lavender. It has been used in a variety of products including homemade lavender oil, an insect repellent recipe or in homemade potpourri or air freshener.

This shrub widely popular and grown in gardens is unmistakable. Growing to approximately 3 feet tall, the exquisite blue to purplish lavender flowers sit atop a long slender grey-green stem and the aromatic scent it gives off through the summer days is quite magical.

A light fresh aroma, the clear oil is extracted from the flowering buds through steam distillation and is one of the most widely used and popular of all essential oils today.

Skin Care Benefits ~

  • Acne
  • Heals Damaged Skin
  • Reduces Scarring
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Burns
  • Insect Bites
  • Soothing Properties
  • Dandruff
  • Tones Skin
  • Revitalizes Skin
  • Stimulates Circulatory System
  • Cell Rejuvenation
  • Diminishes Bruising
  • Chilblains

Patchouli Essential Oil

one of the thicker essential oils it improves with age like a good wine.
one of the thicker essential oils it improves with age like a good wine. | Source
Therapeutic Benefits
Aphrodisiac
Grounding & Balancing
Antidepressant
Antiseptic
Eases Constipation
Eliminates Lethargy
Anxiety
Addictions
Nervous Exhaustion
Reduces Fever
Relieves Flatulence

Patchouli Oil –

The essential oil patchouli comes from the bushy patchouli plant Pogostemon cablin and is a member of the mint family native to tropical Asian, Indonesian and Wet African countries.

It is commonly known as patchouly and puchaput in Malaysia and India where it is extensively grown.

The oil is extracted from the large dark green hairy leaves by steam distillation after they have been fermented and dried and the oil varies from being a light yellow to dark brown colored oil which is thicker than most essential oils.

Patchouli has often been likened to the “hippy era” of the 1960’s, and is a strong sweet-musky spicy cocktail. This strong fragrance has been used down through the centuries in perfume making and it was during the hippy movement that saw patchouli oil and incense sticks heighten in popularity in the USA and Europe.

Skin Care Benefits ~

  • Breaks Down Cellulite
  • Cell Regeneration
  • Deodorizing Properties
  • Water Retention
  • Insect Bites
  • Dehydrated Skin
  • Treats Rough, Cracked Skin
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Scalp Disorders
  • Sores
  • Skin Infections
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Heals Wounds

Recipe Ingredients ~

Liquid Castile Soap

A luxuriant extra mild and gentle liquid soap that traditionally has been made of olive oil. No harsh chemicals, additives, sudsing agents or colorants should be added. It makes a perfect base for a body wash or shower gel and may also be used for homemade shampoos and face cleansers. Inexpensive, they are a great product to introduce into your home for all the family.

Jojoba Oil

This wax (commonly called an oil) stems from the beans of the plant Simmondsia chinensis and is one of the most highly regarded of all carrier oils. It has one of the longest shelf lives in the carrier oils (approximately 2 years) due to its molecular stability. it makes a fantastic skin care ingredient and is easily absorbed due to it being so similar to our skins own sebum.

Xanthan Gum

This emulsifier has been around since the late 1960s when it was approved for use in America and Europe as a food additive. Xanthan gum may be derived from a variety of sources including wheat, soy or corn.Often found in the baking section of the supermarket or health food store, it acts as a thickening agent and enables ingredients to blend together effectively and stay blended. Perfect for skin care or hair care products that need some stability or creaminess to them.

Important to consider is if you have a known allergy to wheat for example, you need to use a different Xanthan gum or just try a different thickening agent.

Fragrance Layering

if you enjoy your body wash make up a matching body lotion and face scrub using the same scent of lavender and patchouli.
if you enjoy your body wash make up a matching body lotion and face scrub using the same scent of lavender and patchouli. | Source

Will you give making this a go?

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Important Notice ~

This information is for education purposes and it is not intended to treat, prevent, cure or diagnose any disease or condition and may be incomplete. Always seek the advice of a medical practitioner if using these oils or ingredients for the first time or if you are allergic to any ingredients, are under medication or have a known medical condition.

When applying an essential oil to the skin for the first time, it is advised to always do a small patch test on an insensitive part of the body (inside the forearm works well) when mixed with a little carrier oil. Never use an undiluted essential oil directly onto the skin; they are highly volatile and potent.

Dr Bronner's Castile Soap

Dr Bronner has a fantastic range of liquid castile soap including one's with fragrance such as peppermint and almond oils.
Dr Bronner has a fantastic range of liquid castile soap including one's with fragrance such as peppermint and almond oils. | Source

Jojoba Tree

the oil or waxy liquid is extracted from the jojoba nut and is rich in skin loving antioxidants. Jojoba oil is the one oil that is most similar to the natural sebum of the skin.
the oil or waxy liquid is extracted from the jojoba nut and is rich in skin loving antioxidants. Jojoba oil is the one oil that is most similar to the natural sebum of the skin. | Source

Luscious Body Wash ~

Ingredients:

¼ cup dried lavender buds

1 cup distilled water

1 – ½ cups liquid castile soap (unscented)

1 tbsp jojoba oil

1 tsp xanthan gum

15 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops patchouli essential oil

Things You Will Need:

Small saucepan

Container for body wash (opaque works best)

Sieve

Hand whisk

Small bowl (for collecting lavender water while straining)

Method:

  • Add the water and the lavender buds into your saucepan and leave for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off heat and strain the buds over your bowl to collect the lavender water.
  • Give the saucepan a clean and add the lavender water back into it.
  • Add in the jojoba oil and give a good stir.
  • Add in the xanthan gum and whisk quickly as this is the thickening agent.
  • Immediately afterwards whisk in the castile soap until your body wash is smooth and thickening.
  • Add in your essential oils one at a time unless you have a pre-blended mix. Mix in gently and thoroughly to get an even consistency.
  • Pour your body wash into the container and it is ready to use.
  • This should be stored out of direct sunlight and will last up to 6 months

Xanthan Gum Source - Wheat

Wheat, corn and soy are all known to produce xanthan gum and if you are allergic to any of them, avoid using this thickening agent.
Wheat, corn and soy are all known to produce xanthan gum and if you are allergic to any of them, avoid using this thickening agent. | Source

Make a Set of Matching Lavender & Patchouli Products

Beauty Range Ideas
Solid Perfume
Body Cream
Deodorant
Shower Gel Scrub
Exfoliating Foot Scrub
Hand Cream
Face Moisturizer
Face Scrub
Face Mask
Aromatherapy Cleanser

For More Homemade Beauty Recipes ~

If you fancy any more of my homemade beauty recipes you can check them all out @ my homemade skin care recipes board on Pinterest

Recipe Options & Tips ~

If you grow lavender how to dry homegrown lavender will show an easy and effective way of drying out the buds.

For a change of scent you could use patchouli with frankincense, bergamot, clary sage, geranium or rose for starters!

Lavender works with virtually all other scents and is terrific for all ages, male and female. If you wanted a great antibacterial one for example for teen acne, replace the patchouli with tea tree oil.

Are you diehard fan of one of these fragrances? Then use it alone for a real blast of your favourite perfume.

If making up new mixes, blend them before you add them to your body wash so you are happy with the final scent.

Don’t forget to have your pen and paper at the ready so you know exactly how many drops of oil is the perfect blend if deviating from the recipe. Do not exceed a total of 25 drops.

No distilled water? No problem, use mineral, bottled or filtered water instead. I don’t recommend tap water purely because of the possible chlorine, magnesium, nitrates and carcinogens that are often present. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

If you have a scented liquid castile soap such as almond, peppermint or tea tree you can use these if you wish and incorporate an essential oil to match. Use carrier oil such as sweet almond oil instead of jojoba oil to go with almond castile soap.

Going away for a long weekend or vacation? Why not make small travel size body wash to bring rather than your large one. Easily done by decanting into travel bottles.

If you fancy doing a “his” version for Father’s Day, a birthday or for any special occasion, men often love lavender so use it alone or combine it with more masculine essential oils. You could make a matching Eau de Cologne easily too using your chosen scent.

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      Lunetka 15 months ago

      I am very interested and exited to make this body wash using the patchouli oil! Just one question..You don't mention the quantity and or size container the listed ingredients will fill. I'd like to make this in a large enough batch to fill a small quantity of containers. Please advise. Thank you so much fitter the article!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Irc,

      Great you are a fan of both and patchouli is a wonderful one to use in homemade products. It is a perfect combo for you to make a range of products all with the the same fragrance so you layer the scent and make it last and last and last!! Thanks for the votes and sharing, much appreciated :-)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      I could not resist this article on two of my all time favorite scents. I just purchased a new bottle of patchouli oil and now I have a new recipe to try too. Great article with loads of information. Voted up and sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      So glad you popped in and great to hear it went down well with you my Welsh buddy!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great share Suzie.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi younghopes,

      Many thanks for your visit and comments! So glad you found this useful and hopefully you will give it a try sometime! Appreciate your thumbs up!

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      this was a beautiful hub, never felt that there could exist such a natural body wash and with these ingredients, voted up

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      Many thanks for commenting, always a pleasure to read! Both are so beneficial as many oils are it makes fascinating research and concocting different lotions and potions. Appreciate your votes, shares and pins!! Have a great day :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      How kind you are! So glad you love lavender and patchouli and hope you get to give it a try sometime!! Appreciate your input, support and interest ALWAYS Janet, have a great day! :-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Suzie, this body wash combination is a winner both in fragrance and health benefits. Great recipe.

      Voted up, useful, interesting. Shared and pinned too.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      I do love the scent of lavender and patchouli. A very great idea to put both of them together. A beautiful hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi pops,

      Thanks so much for that, glad you find my words uplifting! See you at the Inn for a drink! lol

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi randomcreative,

      many thanks for checking this out! Lavender is one of the most versatile plants and essential oils and definitely the one to have if you were to chose only one out of all oils. Appreciate your support!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      You inspire me, you really do!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This sounds heavenly! I had no idea that lavender has so many health benefits.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi maddot,

      Many thanks for your interest! great to have another fan of both these scents!! Have fun making and enjoy!! Appreciate your comments!

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      maddot 4 years ago from Northern NSW, Australia

      love this..love lavender and absolutely mad about patchouli..can't wait to make it..thanks

      XO

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      How handy for you to have a supply store so near. Since you work beside them maybe they offer staff discount or a special discount for other businesses. i used to give 10% off to staff of other shops beside us to generate sales and it did. Can't wait till you get to try this and other's out and hear how you find them. I love travel size so I am glad you find that useful too, cheers for all the support and input!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Angelo52,

      Great to see you. Nice knowing you are a patchouli fan in lovely incense which I too am a BIG fan of and always have some on hand depending on my mood. Appreciate your comments and sincerest thanks for giving it the thumbs up and for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Well, you did ask me to Mary so be careful what you say to me!! LOL So glad this appealed to you and you may give it a go. If you wish to leave it just lavender, do or add a different fragrance if you prefer. i love Jasmine and find it so yummy in body products! Cheers for the votes, much appreciated as always!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      Glad you dropped by my kitchen of goodies!!LOL I have read of people using arrowroot powder as a thickener too so this may be worth a try if you have that. Liquid castile is certainly available online for approx $5 and mountain rose herbs.com are one great supplier of loads of skin care essentials and are primarily organic and excellent quality. They do bulk buying prices too for many things. Thanks for dropping by, always love to see my friend from Peru!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      So good to hear from you! The beauty of homemade recipes is experimenting as every skin is different and measurements and ingredients that suit one person may need tweaking for another. What I have found is once you find the right base product you may change it slightly to make a different fragrance product, for example. Appreciate your great interest, as you know and have some new ideas you may enjoy coming up. Many thanks for all your votes tweeting, sharing and pin - it all is so heartwarming to receive, believe me.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      YES!!!! I will definitely be making this soon :) In 1 1/2 weeks I will splurge to buy the last remaining ingredients needed to make this. The Vitamin Shoppe is across the street from where I work, and they have the different oils there, as well as Castile soap, so I can conveniently buy it right after work, on my way home. Thanks for sharing this with us!

      I love your idea for making a travel version, as well. I have a whole array of travel products, because I like to bring lots of sweet-smelling, pampering products with me when I go anywhere.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I used to use patchouli incense sticks but never thought of making a body wash with the scent. Excellent article. Thumbs up and shared.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Suzie you just keep on going....great series! Lavender is such a great scent and so relaxing. This is a wonderful 'recipe' and I will definitely be trying it. I had no idea lavender was good for acne and who knew patchouli broke down cellulite!!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a great idea! I never would've thought to mix lavender and patchouli. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find castile soap around here but will try to find a substitute. We don't have xantham gum, either, but I'll add it to my list of items to bring back with me next time we travel. I know it's used extensively in gluten-free cooking. Another interesting and fun-to-read Hub! Thanks so much!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love lavender and never have tried the other. As always these wonderful recipes are wonderful. As you know I have done some experimenting,but I have learned so much from you andI love learning why to use some of these products...and what they do. Going to vote up, pin, share and tweet like a bird.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Chitrangada,

      Lovely to have you visit and comment, great to have another lavender fan on board! Hope you will give this a try in the future or any other recipes which you can easily swap in lavender oil to, solid perfume is an example. Many thanks for your votes, shares and pin, much appreciated!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      LOL, I tried! In all seriousness, I know you are a lavender fan with your GREAT RANGE of PRODUCTS! Thanks for your kind words, yes traffic is on the up awhile so all is good if people enjoy what I write and find it useful and interesting then I am a happy camper!! Appreciate you always!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Suzanne!

      You have done a great job in this hub, so well written and researched! Incidentally, Lavender is one of my favorite fragrance too. Couldn't have imagined, it could be done at home. The pictures are wonderful.

      Voted up, pinned and shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Suzie! Naturally I paid great attention to this hub and found it QUITE USEFUL AND INFORMATIVE. LOL....This really is a great niche you have going here...I hope it is paying off for you. If not yet then be patient. It will eventually.

      Well done Irish!