Spring Sea Salt Body Wash Recipe
1 oz aloe vera gel
3 oz organic castille soap
3 oz organic helichrysum hydrosol
1 Tbsp organic argan oil
15 drops organic ylang ylang essential oil
15 drops organic rosemary essential oil
1.5 – 2 tsp sea salt (optional)
A note before I begin:
Many people ask how to thicken castille based recipes. While you can enjoy the natural thinner viscosity that is inclined to separate, there are a few natural ways around this, and salt is known to be one of them. While getting it just perfect does take some experimentation, it will thicken the mixture. Depending on the essential oils used, and the ratio of water to castille soap, it might stabilize to the point of not separating. Sea salt has it’s own wonderful benefits that only improve a sudsy recipe like this. If you choose to use sea salt in your recipe, make sure to dissolve it completely in your water mixture first. If you skip this step, it will make the castille clumpy. Experiment and have fun with this! Because it’s made with all natural ingredients, it wont look exactly like store bought products, but it will feel and smell amazing!
If adding salt: In a pyrex measuring glass dissolve 1 tsp sea salt with 3 oz of helichrysum hydrosol. Dissolve completely.
Add your aloe vera gel, oils, and essential oils, and mix up. It’s ok if the oils are separating. That should happen!
Add in castille soap. It might get really chunky, but that is ok for now! Just keep mixing.
Funnel into your container and enjoy!
*If you find the mixture is too thick or thin, you can use less salt to make it thinner and more salt to make it thicker. The key to getting a good mixture is the thickening reaction between the castille soap and the salt, so adding a little more castille soap might also help. The thicker you prefer your body wash recipe, the more important it is to use a flip top bottle rather than a pump, as it gets difficult to pump thicker mixtures. The thicker the body wash turns out to be, the more likely you will need to use a spoon and a funnel to get your mixture into the bottle.
Soothing Sun Skin Spray
Organic Witch Hazel Extract
Organic Green Tea Leaves
Organic Calendula Flowers
Organic Lavendin Hydrosol
Aloe Vera Gel
Fill mason jar ½ full with equal parts green tea leaves, calendula flowers, clevers (or other herbs of your choice) and fill to the top with witch hazel extract. Let steep for 4-6 weeks. When ready, strain herbal contents and mix 4 oz. witch hazel blended extract, 2 oz. lavendin hydrosol, and 1 oz. Aloe vera gel. Shake well and refrigerate for extra cooling relief when the summer is hot! The clevers and calendula are great for the skin (you could also try St. John’s Wort, or rosehips for extra nourishment and soothing comfort), the aloe is a great skin softener and the lavendin just smells incredible! (You could also try rosewater hydrosol, or Melissa hydrosol). Spray and enjoy when heat gets you down. You can also make it as a tea and drink it or apply liberally to skin for immediate relief.