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The skin is the largest organ of the body and what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream within 26 seconds. That’s crazy fast. Once I learned about this, I started to take a hard look at the ingredients that were in my soap and body wash. These chemicals are the most common ingredients in commercial body wash.
- Triclosan. Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical that’s a known Endocrine disruptor and a skin irritant. Endocrine disruptor is a term used when chemicals interfere with your body’s delicate hormone system. These disruptions can cause adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. Triclosan can also be found in toothpaste, antibacterial soaps, and deodorants.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium Laureth sulfate (SLES). These particular sulfates are responsible for the foaming action in cleaning supplies and soaps. SLS and SLES are in 90% of commercial beauty products. SLS’s are known to cause organ toxicity over time, irritate eyes and contaminate developmental and reproductive processes.
- Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin (Formaldehyde). Formaldehyde derivatives are preservatives used to help prevent bacterial growth. These chemicals are linked to allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, and can trigger asthma. Overall, they can weaken the immune system and leave you susceptible to other diseases.
- Fragrance. The term “fragrance” is unregulated by the FDA. So basically, companies can put any chemical concoction under the fragrance ingredient similar to how supplement companies use the term “proprietary blend” to sneak in banned substances. The FDA turns a blind eye and the consumers end up paying with their health. Fragrance has been associated with allergies, dermatitis, and respiratory distress. Perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, and moisturizers often contain fragrance.
- Phthalates. These chemicals are some of the most widely used in the U.S. Phthalates increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. The derivatives of phthalates are often used in cosmetics, deodorants, body washes, hair sprays and moisturizers. They are known to be Endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females.
- Parabens. Parabens are used to preserve and prevent bacteria and mold growth in cosmetic products. They possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. In fact, biopsies of breast tumors have shown traces of the chemical. Phthalates can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, and facial cleansers.
- Synthetic colors. Yellow #5, Blue #1, and Red #40 are three of the most popular FDA-permitted dyes. These dyes are not limited to food and can be found in nearly every product with color. Synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources and are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Union considers synthetic colors a human carcinogen and has banned it from being used.
Yeah, I know that is a lot to take it. But it’s good to be aware, especially when little ones are involved.
Organic, non-toxic body wash can be expensive. Especially when everyone is on a budget and organic body wash is twice as much as commercial products.
The following homemade body wash recipe has just a handful of organic ingredients and after the initial purchase of the products, will only cost you around two dollars per bottle. Not too shabby.
- Castile Soap. A versatile soap made from 100% plant oils without any chemical detergents. Since there are not any chemicals in the soap, it is completely biodegradable and earth friendly. Dr. Bronner is the king of Castile soap and you can use the concentrated soap in dozens of ways.
- Coconut Oil. Coconut oil is extremely moisturizing for the skin because it increases hydration and reduces water loss. Coconut oil also contains Lauric acid which is particularly good at killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi. I hope that you don’t have fungus on your body, 😉 but if you do, use some coconut oil! Here is a list of other great uses for Coconut Oil.
- Jojoba Oil. Jojoba oil is a liquid wax extracted from the nut of an indigenous American shrub. Jojoba oil is unique in that it closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, so it can act as a natural skin conditioner.
- Vitamin E Oil. A nutrient for your skin, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals. Free radicals form due to environmental exposures such as pollution and ultraviolet radiation, which damage cells and might contribute to cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Essential Oils. Essentials oils are created by extracting the oils from plants, trees, and shrubs. Plants and trees contain medicinal properties and when the oil is extracted, the medicinal properties can be used externally to assist in healing the body. Synthetic oils are labeled as “fragrance” oils and you want to stay away from those. There are many quality oils on the market. I personally use doTERRA and am happy with their oils. If you have another brand you love, please leave me a comment. I would love to try other brands.
Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Recipe
1/2 cup Castile soap
2 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 Tbsp Jojoba oil
1 Tbsp Vitamin E oil
20-30 drops Essential oils of choice (lavender, almond, vanilla….the possibilities are endless). This ingredient is optional.
1. Melt Coconut oil in a double boiler. A double boiler can be made by placing a small glass jar in a pot of water. Put water into the pot and allow it to only come up the side of the jar by 1 inch. Simmer the jar of coconut oil until it becomes liquid.
2. Combine the castile soap, Jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil in a measuring cup. I like to use measuring cups because it is easier to pour from when filling the soap pump.
3. Pour the melted coconut oil into the measuring cup and stir well.
4. Add Essential Oils. Pour 20 – 30 drops and mix. The last batch of homemade body wash was made with almond castile soap and the smell was already amazing so I didn’t add any oils.
The soap pump I used was re-purposed from a Meyer’s hand soap pump that I cleaned and dried. Once I removed the label, it made the perfect pump for the homemade body wash.
In fact, I added some flowers, wine and Wild Orange & Clove lip balm to the homemade body wash and gave it to my mom for a birthday gift.
I hope you enjoy this homemade body wash recipe!
Bye friends. xo