Making your own foaming body wash is so simple and the outcome is perfect.
Something that is difficult to wrap my head around: the products we buy to keep our body and home clean typically contain chemicals that are poisonous and should be avoided. Yet, they are marketed to us and purchased for our families every single day.
Two years ago I started making nearly all of our own cleaners and hygiene products to avoid these chemicals. Making your own body wash is not only simple, but ingredients are inexpensive and the outcome of the body wash is more effective than anything I ever found in the store. And the ingredients to make body wash can be used to make so many other natural diy products that you can easily ditch multiple store bought, chemical-laden products with just slightly different recipes.
We are creating minimalism in our daily routines by reducing our plastic waste and also reducing harmful chemicals being absorbed into our skin.
One of the reasons I love our low waste, nontoxic lifestyle is that we can completely skip the hygiene and cleaning aisle in the grocery store, and avoid all of the “greenwashed” products. ” Greenwashing is the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company’s products are more environmentally sound. Greenwashing is considered an unsubstantiated claim to deceive consumers into believing that a company’s products are environmentally friendly.” Greenwashing is used to attempt to capitalize on the growing demand for environmentally sound products. I find it nearly impossible to avoid greenwashed products in the grocery and even natural health stores. Therefore, it’s easiest to make our own.
Here are just a few of the ingredients I always avoid, but there are at least twenty more. Seriously.
When you see the ingredient “fragrance” in your products, run – do not walk away from it. “Fragrance” is a “trade secret” in the beauty and cleaning industry to allow manufacturers to avoid disclosing toxic chemicals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers found more than 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates (THAL-ates) which have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, and cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity. We only use essential oils by Young Living to add 100% natural fragrance.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
It is very challenging to find any shampoos or body wash products that do not contain SLS. Products can be marked “natural” despite containing this harmful ingredient. SLS allows our soaps to foam and lather, but it is not only agitating to the skin, but causing major destruction in the amazon forest because it comes from palm oil. This is a MUST avoid!
Mineral oil or petroleum is often found in baby products, moisturizers, and gels. The reason mineral oil is so popular is that it’s cheap. Petroleum prevents our skin from releasing natural toxins because it traps dirt, dead skin and bacteria. It does nothing to improve your skin.
There are many more chemicals that end up being added to our body wash and once you realize this – it’s really upsetting? Why are these products that do nothing for our bodies, while also damage our water when added to our water supply after our showers, and sold in single use plastic, inevitably ending up in our landfills? Body wash is on my list of “never going to buy again”. Making it yourself is so simple and worth it.
Why is this called “Earthy Autumn” body wash?
I created a scent that has the cozy notes of Autumn but smells both natural and beautiful. It’s extremely mood-boosting and the perfect way to start or end your day. Essential oils are completely optional in a homemade body wash. I like to add soothing or energizing essential oils to our body wash, like lavender for our night time baths or grapefruit for our morning showers. This is a seasonal blend that you will love.
Here’s what you’ll need:
This will allow your body wash to foam and lather WITHOUT any harmful chemicals. So simple, right?
THIS ONE linked. Unlike others you can find in the store or on amazon, this brand does not use palm oil and uses glass instead of plastic!
Organic nourishing oil of choice:
We are using a local brand of prickly pear oil, but if you are in the US I have used this one and can recommend it.
Optional: essential oils
Place ingredients in your foaming jar, and top with water. That's it!