As most of you know, I have sought out many ways to save money, save the earth, and save our bodies from harm. I've shown you how to make laundry detergent, I've failed at making dishwasher detergent, I've made a carpet cleaner I should show you (along with an all-purpose cleaner, hardwood cleaner, and a glass cleaner), and I have even made some personal care products that I don't yet have the courage to share :)
Since Chris was out of his body wash I make for him, you get to witness the process! It's really simple, and so adaptable to your preferences.
First, you'll need to gather (or possibly purchase?) your supplies. Please note, I use some additional and optional supplies. The only supplies needed are liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner's peppermint is what I use for Chris, lavender for myself) and aloe vera gel. Gel, not juice! I also add essential oils, Vitamin E oil, and some sort of moisturizing oil...such as jojoba or sweet almond oil.
You will also need a clean, empty container. We reuse!
I always add the castile first, but it doesn't matter the order in which you add the castile and aloe. The important part is that the castile and aloe are added in equal ratios. If you would like exact measurements, find out how much your container holds, subtract about 10% and divide that in half. That is the amount of castile and aloe you will need! I just eyeball it. Almost half full of castile...
Next come the optional ingredients.
The sweet almond oil adds moisturizing benefits and allows nutrients from the other ingredients to be absorbed easily into the skin. It also has a nice, light fragrance. Add just a little...nearly fill that 10% you have empty. Obviously, if you felt you needed more moisturizing, you would cut back on both your castile and aloe gel, in order to leave more room for your moisturizing oil(s). Sometimes I add more than one type. It depends on what mood I'm in and what I feel like dragging out and putting away.
Whew! And now, you should have a full bottle of body wash, made to your own specifications! It will always need to be shaken before use. Don't be alarmed if it separates between uses...a nice shake will mix it all together again :)
Don't be afraid to ask any questions! And try it, you'll probably love it!