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DIY Bath and Beauty: Hand and Body Wash

If you have super sensitive skin, do it yourself (DIY) products can be a life saver. I started out making soaps, and I now have an array of products I like to make at home. Today’s project was hand and body wash.

For this project you will need the following:
* 8oz. foam pump bottle
* 2-4 tbs. Castille Soap (Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby is the gold standard in terms of purity and concentration.)
* 6-7 oz. Distilled Water
* 15-24 drops Essential Oils of your choice

Let’s review the ingredients. Each of them may be used for other diy projects so they’re great to have around. I’ve labeled this hand and body wash, but I’ve used this recipe on my face in a pinch with no negative reaction.

You may reuse a foam bottle you’ve already got, or purchase as many as you like on Amazon or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. In my experience, these bottles last long; so know you should get many uses here.

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Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap is the centerpiece. It can be found at many drug and health food stores, Target, and countless online stores. I often get mine at Costco, where I get two bottles for about $15.00. Generally speaking, the soap runs around $11.00 for 16oz., but understand this is highly concentrated.

This castille soap is is equal to at least eight bottles of conventional body wash (there are people who dilute it more than I, but I need bubbles in my life). An added benefit, castille soap is pure, cleans much more effectively, and is much better suited to delicate complexions.
Distilled water is available at every drug store and supermarket! You may have wondered if you can substitute tap water, definitely not. A recipe prepared with tap water will go bad quickly, becoming smelly and laden with bacteria. Unless you use distilled water, your product will not keep.

Essential oils will provide the aromatherapy scent and skin treatment in your wash. For the hand soap, I used a pre-made blend that contains cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, and citrus. For the body wash, I used my own blend of peppermint and cedarwood (the juniper version). As always, please do your research and purchase from a reputable company.

Take your clean empty foam pump bottle and fill the bottom with 2-4 tablespoons of castille soap (many recipes use less, but I find them to be too diluted).

Next, add your oils. Depending on the oils and desired intensity I’d recommend 15-24 drops. This is a less than 1% to 1% dilution, which is good for sensitive skin. At this point you’ll want to swirl the bottle, ensuring the oils are blended with the soap.

Pour the distilled water to fill the bottle just enough that insertion of the pump won’t cause an overflow. Screw on  lid firmly. Invert the bottle a few times to mix everything thoroughly.


You’re homemade hand and body wash is now ready  for use, and may be recreated with the essential oils of your choice many times with the ingredients you now have on hand. You may also want to place a label on your wash and give it as a gift. Enjoy!


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