I’ve been trying to perfect my body wash recipe for quite a few months and I think I have something that will work perfectly for me… so its time to share it with you!! Yay!!
My favorite body wash had been St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter and I wanted to make something that could compare to it.
I started with a recipe that was only 3 ingredients and super easy… however it was not foamy at all, which is something I have always loved about the store bought body wash options, and it used coconut oil. In fact, most body wash recipes that I found use coconut oil, which as I explained in this post, I don’t like so much.
I found a really good body wash recipe on Live Simply and she added vegetable glycerine to give the soap some foam. I immediately went onto Amazon and bought some for myself and it did the trick. Still, the recipe called for coconut oil. My first few recipes included it but neither my husband or myself liked the smell.
So, I make one small tweak and fell in love with it.
Kristie’s Moisturizing Vanilla and Almond Body Wash with Shea Butter
- 2 cups Dr. Bronner’s Almond Castile Soap [almond was my choice last time but next time I will buy the unscented version)
- 1 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/2 cup melted Shea butter
- 5 tbsp vegetable glycerine
- 1 tbsp Vitamin E
- 2-3 tbsp Vanilla [or however much you would prefer to get your desired scent]
First, melt the Shea butter and then add the rest of the ingredients together in a large mason jar. Spin that lid on the mason jar and shake, shake, shake. I don’t like the idea of keeping glass in my shower so I don’t keep my body wash in a glass jar… I’m currently using an old Now Sweet Almond Oil container and it works perfectly.
I love a hot shower which works perfectly for my body wash… the steam from my shower helps to melt the shea butter a bit more before I use the body wash. And I always make sure I shake up the body wash before I use it. At 8,000 feet [and being a very dry climate] I use all the moisturizing I can get… and this body wash provides it!