Natural Homemade Bodywash

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Bodywash is a convenient and indulgent way to cleanse the body. The wash is a soft liquid soap that often contains moisturizers and/or perfumes. Most bodywashes tend to use chemical ingredients, especially if the product adds extra touches, such as a special scent or color. Bodywashes can also be rather expensive to purchase. If you’re looking for an Earth- and budget-friendly bodywash that uses natural ingredients, your best bet is to whip up your own batch at home.

Natural Homemade Bodywash
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Bodywash is essentially just liquid soap. To create a natural, homemade bodywash, all you need is some sort of liquid soap or soap you can turn into a liquid. You have many choices when it comes to the type of soap you use. However, the cheapest, easiest and most effective choice is castile soap. Traditional castile soap is created from olive oil and comes in flake, bar or liquid form. Using olive oil means the soap is both natural and moisturizing, making it perfect for natural, homemade bodywash.

If you want a bodywash that is more than just soap and water, you can add extra moisturizers, scents or colors to your recipe. You can use a variety of oils and butters to increase the moisturizing properties of your bodywash. For example, you can use cocoa butter, Shea butter, avocado oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. You can use natural essential oils to add the perfect scent, as long as you make sure any essential oils you add are safe for skin use. Natural, vegetable-based food coloring can be used to add a little color to the recipe.

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Though any clean container can hold homemade bodywash, your best choice is plastic. Most people use and store bodywash in the shower. This means fragile or water-prone containers, such as glass, wood or stone, are not appropriate choices. Clean an empty shampoo, conditioner or bodywash container and use the plastic bottle to store your homemade bodywash.

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For an easy and lightly scented bodywash, stir together 1 cup liquid castile soap, 3 tbsp. coconut oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil and 3 drops rose essential oil in a small bowl. Mix well and pour into a clean, plastic container. Shake well before each use. You can alter the type of oil or essential oil in the recipe to suit your needs. For example, instead of 3 tbsp. coconut oil, use 3 tbsp. almond oil. Instead of 5 drops lavender and 3 drops rose essential oil, try 4 drops sandalwood and 4 drops vanilla essential oil.

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