How to Make Lavender and Patchouli Body Wash
Pollination of Lavender Buds
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.
Lavender Essential Oil
Organic Lavender Oil
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 ~
- Heals Damaged Skin
- Reduces Scarring
- Insect Bites
- Soothing Properties
- Tones Skin
- Revitalizes Skin
- Stimulates Circulatory System
- Cell Rejuvenation
- Diminishes Bruising
Patchouli or Pogostemon cablin
Patchouli Essential Oil
Grounding & Balancing
Therapeutic Patchouli Oil
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
- Scalp Disorders
- Skin Infections
- 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.
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.
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.
Will you give making this a go?
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
Unscented Liquid Castile Soap
Luscious Body Wash ~
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:
Container for body wash (opaque works best)
Small bowl (for collecting lavender water while straining)
- 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
Make a Set of Matching Lavender & Patchouli Products
Beauty Range Ideas
Shower Gel Scrub
Exfoliating Foot Scrub
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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