This Foaming Body Wash recipe was born after I tried a popular mainstream brand of shower wash that makes ‘natural’ claims. It feels and smells lovely, but has a price tag of about $8 per bottle and contains quite a few ingredients, some of which I am suspicious of. You can learn more about this in my online course, Becoming a Label Detective.

I believe simplicity is best when our bodies are concerned, especially when new research is emerging all of the time on chemicals ‘they’ once thought was safe. A perfect example is triclosan in antibacterial hand washes and the recent news that big Australian manufacturers will be removing it from their products by the end of 2017. Remember to make your own decisions and do your own research though; your body, your choice.

So, back to the recipe… A variation on my standard foaming wash, it’s easy to change up the essential oils to suit your intended purpose or mood… So simple!

FOAMING BODY WASH

Makes: 200 g Prep time: < 5 min.

Ingredients

• 65 g liquid castile soap
• 15-20 drops of essential oils
• 135 g water (see recipe notes)

MY CHOICE OF ESSENTIAL OILS

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are peppermint and orange, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Extra CONTAINER required

Foaming pump bottle

Method

1. Add castile soap and essential oils to a bowl and mix until combined.
2. Wait a few minutes (this gives the essential oils time to disperse within the castile soap), add water and mix until combined.
3. Transfer into foaming pump bottle.

To Use

Massage 1-2 pumps of foam over body. Rinse with warm water.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your soap dispenser (a foaming pump bottle must be used for this recipe).

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

AUTHOR & ADVOCATE FOR NATURAL LIVING

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 50,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ free natural DIY recipes on her website.

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