So, as I mentioned in my post about creating your own sugar scrub, I am in the process of transitioning many of my beauty products over from store bought to homemade. My goals in doing this are to:
- Reduce physical waste by being able to reuse existing containers
Limit my exposure to unnatural and harmful chemicals
Save money and handle my resources responsibly by turning my home into a place of production rather than consumption
The most recent beauty product I’ve had in need of refilling is my body wash. After doing a lot of research I decided that the best product to begin using for my DIY beauty product/home cleaning needs was castile soap. Castile soap is a plant based soap that works best when diluted. The most common brand of castile soap is Dr. Bronner’s. My reasoning behind choosing this soap is that it is a product commonly used in a lot of homemade cleaning products from body wash to mopping solution and because it is most effective when diluted to varying degrees, a little goes a long way, making it good choice for saving money as well. So far I have used it in two other projects: plant spray and cloth baby wipe solution but this was the first beauty product I was planning to use it in. I bought the lavender scent at the store because I knew I would be using this bottle primarily in beauty products however there are many other scents available. Here is the dilution ratio I used:
Directions for a 12 oz bottle:
2/3 Castile Soap
The soap is obviously more watery than traditional body wash, however you still only need a small amount on a luffa for it to lather well and get you nice and clean. I have been using it for about a week now and I have to say I love it. Its cleaning properties are great, but what I love most is that I was able to make it in less than two minutes, while making dinner, and that it ended up costing me about 2 dollars overall. When compared to other environmentally friendly, plant based body washes for sale online that is a savings of anywhere from 8-18 dollars or more. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Have any of you all made any of your own beauty products before? How did they turn out?