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Homemade Body Wash and Shower Gel

Updated on July 10, 2014

Showers are supposed to leave you feeling clean and refreshed, but might just be doing the opposite depending on what you are using on your skin in the shower.

Have you ever actually turned that beautifully designed bottle over to the less-appealing side to see just exactly what is in it? If you have, then have you ever gone the extra mile to research each and every ingredient?



It’s quite deceiving to even call them ingredients because it makes it sound as safe as something you can eat. The lengthy list of chemicals should be preceded by the word “chemicals” because that’s just what you will find, and many of them may be harmful to your health!

I say “may be” because there is currently no regulations in place saying that chemicals need to be tested for safety and health hazards, and if you know anything about how your skin works, you would know that your skin absorbs a good majority of what you place onto it, including cosmetics, soaps, lotions and so on.

Some common chemicals in body wash include:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Common foaming agent that can cause skin dryness, irritation, and is absorbed into your body immediately after application. This enters your body and mimics Oestrogen and can also cause permanent eye damage.

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Common foaming agent that is also a skin irritant and allows chemicals to penetrate the skin deeply to enter the bloodstream.

  • Propylene Glycol: This is an antifreeze that can also cause skin and eye irritation, immunotoxicity, and respiratory toxicity.

  • Triclosan: This is a chemical banned in a few countries that is used as an antibacterial/antifungal. When combined with chlorine, it can make chloroform, and much of our tap water contains chlorine. It has also been linked to the formation of allergies in children.

This is definitely not a complete list of potentially harmful chemicals commonly found in body wash, and if you wish to look up the risk of your specific skincare products, a good place is Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetics database.

So rather than the shower being a safe place to get clean, you may just be steaming those pores wide open in that seemingly relaxing shower of yours, only to introduce dangerous toxins through your skin! The shower just got scary, didn’t it?


Natural Beauty Products

Suppose you want there to be no risk, you want to know everything that you are putting on your skin, you want to be able to pronounce all of the ingredients on the label and already have an assurance of their safety.

Well, your best bet is to make your own! Homemade body wash is easy to make, cheap to make, and is a lot less scary than the body washes on the shelves in your local store.

Homemade body wash may sound like an intimidating project but it is really quite simple. You can find many different recipes online with various levels of difficulty, but this is one that I stumbled upon and love, and it takes very little effort.

It yields quite a bit and costs around just $5.00 to make. You can easily spend that much on a single bottle of body wash alone, so homemade body wash is really the way to go when it comes to your health and your wallet.

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Homemade Body Wash Recipe

Ingredients that you will need:

That’s right, just three easy ingredients, and the process to make it isn’t difficult either. Here’s how:

  1. While you are bringing the water to a boil, grate the castile bar soap up.

  2. Add the grated castile bar soap to the boiling water and stir until melted and blended.

  3. Remove from heat and add glycerin (you can also add essential oils for scent at this point as well).

  4. Cover the pot and let it set for 24 hours, then transfer into mason jars.

So that is all that is involved in making homemade body wash, not too shabby! All it takes is just a few ingredients and a little bit of your time, but it is all well worth it in the end when you don’t have a bunch of toxins being introduced to your body!

Dr Bronners Homemade Body Wash Recipe


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