I like making my own body washes because it gives me control over what I’m applying to my skin. And also because it’s so easy to make them. I enjoy creating new blends by mixing and matching different items, some already available in my kitchen. In the winter especially, when my skin gets super dry, the nourishing ingredients I use to keep my skin moisturized and soft.
Oatmeal makes my skin feel silky smooth. It’s because it has natural cleansers called saponins that exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells and impurities.
Lemongrass is my favorite essential oil. I even have two indoor lemongrass plants that I guard with my life cause it’s not an easy plant to grow and requires a lot of TLC. I primarily use its leaves in my tea – it’s delicious taste and fragrance totally addictive.
But lemongrass is not just noteworthy for its aroma, it also has antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. And that’s why it’s my favored essential oil over all others. [The scent can be overpowering so caution should be taken when using it.]
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
6 – 12 drops lemongrass essential oil
1 tbsp vitamin E oil
2 tsp honey
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
- Place oatmeal in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Allow the mixture to sit for 2 hours, then strain the water to remove the oats. Discard the oats and set the water aside.
- Mix the castile soap, lemongrass essential oil, vitamin E oil, honey, and coconut oil with a whisk until fully mixed.
- Add the soap-oil mixture to the oat infused water. Mix gently to reduce foam.
- Pour mixture into a dispenser and use it as desired.
This body wash keeps for a long time and should be specially used to moisturize dry skin during the winter months.