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Natural Body Wash For Dry Skin With Just 4 Ingredients

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Dry Skin

For most people, dry skin isn’t really a big deal. Maybe you need to put lotion on a little more often during the winter, or after an epic dishwashing marathon, but for the most part, the skin gets what it needs from the food and liquid you consume, and the moisture in the air.

Ha ha ha ha! I had you going for a minute didn’t I?

I can’t think of anyone in real life who hasn’t had to deal with dry or sensitive skin in their life. I have battled eczema, stubborn acne, bacterial and yeast infections, allergic reactions to my laundry detergent… the list goes on.

Why is it when we clean our granite countertops and wood furniture we are so careful to use the right cleanser, but when we clean our hair and skin, we just grab whatever soap is cheapest? Heat, weather, bathing habits, the soap we use, and genetics all affect our skin, which is why our skin care regimen needs to be catered to our individual skin type.

It doesn’t really matter what is causing dry skin (unless you suffer from a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis), the same rules apply no matter your skin type: clean, moisturize, and repeat as needed.

Castile soap is a great, natural option to use as a bath or shower soap, but sometimes (especially during the winter!) your skin needs something with a bit more moisturizing power. The coconut oil body wash I’ll be sharing with you today is the perfect solution!

By adding ultra-hydrating rose water and coconut oil, as well as soothing and nourishing lavender essential oil, to unscented castile soap, you can create a luxurious homemade body wash that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth, no matter the season!

What You Put On Your Skin Matters

Believe it or not, your favorite body wash might be causing many of your skin problems. When my daughter was a baby, I took her to the doctor because I was concerned about an ongoing rash she was having. As it turns out, the “natural body wash” I was using, was full of ingredients that exacerbated her already sensitive skin. And the lotions were no better (often feeling greasy and sticky). I switched to a different bar soap and used natural oils instead of lotion and her rash cleared up in no time.

The vast majority of health and beauty products are made with harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (which causes water loss in the skin), propylene glycol (which is supposed to help ingredients dissolve and combine), synthetic fragrance (like benzene derivatives and other harsh toxins), and parabens (preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer).

Long story short, conventional body wash and shower gel is bad news.

What About Organic Body Wash?

One of the biggest problems with organic soaps and other natural body wash products is that they are expensive. And since we no longer live in the 19th century and bathe on a regular basis, that cost can add up over time since we aren’t saving it for a “special occasion.” 

And even if the label of a body wash touts certified organic ingredients, the standards for many of the ingredients are still unregulated.

The Solution: Make Your Own Natural Body Wash

Luckily, there’s a simple solution to the various problems with both conventional and organic body washes: just make your own! The coconut oil body wash I’ll be showing you how to make organic, natural body wash using natural ingredients that are inexpensive, easy to find, and smell heavenly without added fragrance. And you can trust that if you make an organic body wash, it only has organic ingredients.

Coconut Oil Body Wash

Castile Soap

Made from vegetable oils rather than animal fats, castile soap is an ideal soap option for vegans. It is natural, non-toxic, and biodegradable.

Rose Water

Rose water has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it ideal for those of us plagued with rosacea and eczema. It also reduces redness and puffiness in the skin. As a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial agent, rose water can be used to clean cuts, burns, and open sores. All of these properties make it a powerful ingredient for a diy body wash.

Coconut Oil

On its own, castile soap is a great, natural option to use as a bath or shower soap, but sometimes (especially during the winter!) your skin needs something with a bit more moisturizing power.

Adding coconut oil to your body wash gives it the added moisture it needs.  And he addition of ultra-hydrating rose water and coconut oil, as well as soothing and nourishing lavender essential oil, to unscented castile soap creates a luxurious homemade body wash that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth, no matter the season!

*If you prefer, almond oil makes an excellent alternative to coconut oil. It’s packed with vitamins (especially vitamin E) and omega fatty-acidsShea butter is also a go-to for soaps and natural body washes.

Essential Oils

In addition to adding a pleasing scent, certain essential oils can give your homemade body wash additional skin-soothing properties. Argan oil, tea tree oil, lavender, geranium, grapefruit (really, any citrus essential oil), and chamomile essential oils are all good for your skin when properly diluted (like they are in this gentle cleanser).

But remember to test your essential oils on a small patch of skin before adding it to a body wash, just in case you have allergies.

Coconut Oil Body Wash

  • 2 cups unscented liquid castile soap
  • 1 cup rose water*
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 15-20 drops essential oil

* If you don’t have any rose water on hand, but happen to have a bottle of rose essential oil, you can easily make your own rose water using the following recipe:

To make the rose water, add the rose oil and distilled water to a pint jar and shake really well to distribute the oil. 

Add the castile soap, rose water, coconut oil, and lavender essential oil to a quart-sized jar or container.

Shake gently to combine. 

Pour the body wash into a small squeeze bottle, or your container of choice, to use in the bath or shower. Make sure to shake before each use. To use it, squirt it onto a washcloth, bath pouf, or directly onto your body.

This moisturizing body wash is gentle enough to use on your face, and also makes enough rich lather to use as a shave soap. The whole family will love it!

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