I have been a little bit obsessed with essential oils lately. At first I simply bought one and a diffuser to make my house smell lovely. Then I started reading up on all the benefits. My husband and I have been talking for a long time about making our own household products. We really hate spending lots of money on packaging and products filled with potential toxins. We have been looking for all-natural recipes to replace the beauty and household products we are using.
Then my lovely sister gave me a giant basket of fun from Whole Foods for my birthday. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, Aloe Vera Gel, Beeswax, essential oils, and more. I was overjoyed! (My sister knows me too well…)
Well, the first item we have run out of is baby wash. Hello all-natural baby body wash. I made a batch of this stuff over the weekend and it was so easy. I wondered why I hadn’t done this sooner. I even use it- especially to shave my legs! The lavender and tea tree combination we used for the essential oils fragrance is soothing and wonderful. This baby body was is sulfate free, non-toxic, paraben free, and so gentle. It is not tear-free, though, so you will need to be careful if you decide to use it as a shampoo. I found it a bit too oily when I tried it as a shampoo in my daughter’s hair, so I will need to play around with some other recipes for a great DIY baby shampoo!
The coconut oil makes my daughters skin feel oh-so-smooth, and the health benefits of coconut oil are really endless. This formula cost me so much less than paying for some new body wash, and I love that my daughter is using environmentally sustainable and healthy products, we are not consuming and throwing away more trash, and our home is less toxic. Bonus: our skin is so moisturized we haven’t needed lotion.
I could have definitely made a bigger batch. Next time! I used an old soap dispenser from a previous hand soap which only cost me $1. We just bought reusable glass soap dispensers for our next washes, which will be great.
To buy a shampoo like this at the store or online would be super expensive, especially with all the high-quality ingredients. I am a happy gal! Probably $12-$15 dollars!
***Always use caution and care when using essential oils. Pure essential oils can have health risks if used improperly. See National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy for guidelines on which oils are safe for infants and children.
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, Baby Mild Unscented
1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
Essential oils if desired (5-10 drops, I used a lavender/ tea tree blend)
Directions: Measure out and add to desired container, shake well, and use on nature’s sponge (hands) or a washcloth!