I got into natural products by mistake. Around 2 years ago, my teenage daughter began to read the labels on the personal products I was buying and pointed out scary ingredients that were both bad for your health as well as the environment. I referenced these chemicals in an earlier blog article (The Dirty Dozen, 12 Chemicals to Avoid). Add that to my peri-menopausal, newly sensitive middle-aged skin and I started to look for alternatives.
I never realized how much info is out there is on DIY in the cyber-world. Nor how easy it is to make. I have tried many different DIY recipes and there are a handful that have stuck with me. One of my inspirations is the queen of DIY natural products, Katie aka the Wellness Mama. She has been creating her own products for many years and is very good at it. Not only that but she has 6 (!!!) children under 10 years old, manages a thriving business and is a doula in her spare (?) time. She’s done so much and hasn’t even reached midlife yet!
DIY Body Wash for sensitive & Middle-aged skin
Of all my DIY natural products, this creamsicle body wash is my favourite. Not only is it cheap and easy to make, it is creamy, fragrant and feels great on my skin. With the addition of the vitamin E, glycerin, and various oils, it absorbs quickly and moisturizes my sensitive, middle-aged skin well enough that I only require a light lotion afterward. So much has been written about the benefits of organic coconut oil. Raw honey is also a terrific added ingredient. Not only is it moisturizing, it has anti-microbial properties, a most appropriate characteristic of a body wash!
I have used essential oils and scents that remind me of creamsicles and complement the honey in the body wash. However, you can add the essential oils that please you the most.
I estimate that this body wash costs about $1.50-$1.75 to make. The most expensive element is the organic, locally sourced honey I buy. My family of four uses this product and it lasts about 1 month. So not only is it economical to make, it is better for your health and the environment. If you buy pretty glass soap pump bottles, these make lovely gifts as well