Did you know that some of the products you use to keep your body clean can do more harm than good? Most soaps, perfumes, hair care products, and more contain fragrances or natural flavors, which can be quite problematic. Manufacturers don’t have to disclose the ingredients in those fragrances because they are patented, so as not to give away their secret blends. Fragrances aside, most soaps contain parabens, sulfates, and other toxins that can both harm the skin and disrupt the endocrine system.
That means that it is time to clean up (pun intended) your hygiene products. Revamp your grooming routine with a few DIY recipes, many of which you can find on our website. We have recipes for cleaning products, hygiene products, and more, all of which are natural and safe for the body. You don’t have to worry about artificial dyes, fragrances, triclosan, parabens, or other harmful ingredients when you make your own products. Read on to learn about some of the ingredients that make the body soap in this article special.
Many people use Castile soap in a plethora of DIY products. You can incorporate it into face washes, shaving creams, homemade cleaning products, and shampoos. It is a vegetable-based soap that typically comes in liquid form. The biodegradable nature of this soap makes it non-toxic and safe to use for people with sensitive skin. It is also safe for children and pets. Because of its concentrated nature, a little Castile soap goes a long way. The most popular variety is unscented, which is the best choice because you can incorporate your own essential oils to create a personalized scent.
Dating back more than 4,000 years, honey has been used in various beauty and medicinal applications. When combined with other herbal preparations, honey’s medicinal properties are only enhanced. The reason that honey is a common ingredient in various beauty products is because it deeply moisturizes the skin. Honey contains enzymes that easily seep into the skin, so it helps to condition and moisturize from within. It is also a gentle exfoliator, helping to gently slough away dead skin cells. This helps contribute to a brighter complexion.
When it comes to using coconut oil in DIY beauty recipes, it can be beneficial to use fractionated coconut oil. The reason for this is because fractionated coconut oil does not solidify at room temperature. That means you don’t have to worry about your body soap hardening in the shower. Because of the medium-chain fatty acids, coconut oil works to hydrate the skin and help it retain moisture. It also offers slight protection, creating a protective barrier on the skin that shields it from environmental toxins. If you experience any temporary redness or inflammation, coconut oil may help to soothe inflammation or itchiness.
DIY Coconut Honey Body Soap
- 1/3 cup liquid Castile soap
- 1/3 cup raw organic honey
- 2 tablespoon glycerin
- 1/3 cup fractionated coconut oil
- 20-30 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
- Pour all of the ingredients into a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir gently to combine.
- You don’t want to over-mix because you don’t want the soap to start bubbling.
- Transfer the mixture to a foaming soap dispenser and fill the remaining room with water. Use in your shower when you have to soap up your body.