Easy DIY Moisturizing Body Wash

I hate scrolling ALLLLLLL the way to the end of a post just to get the recipe. So, I’m going to list out the ingredients and instructions first, then give a little insight to the ingredients and the benefits they have. There’s also a cost break down at the end!

1/2 cup coconut milk 
2/3 cup Castile soap
2 teaspoons of vegetable glycerin 
3 teaspoons of almond oil
10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils 
Instructions: 
Combine all ingredients in container of choice. (I bought mine at Walmart for $1.50!) Gently rock back and forth to incorporate. DO NOT SHAKE. Shaking will cause it to foam and it will just be a big mess. Store in the shower and apply with a washcloth, loofah, or sponge. ALWAYS shake before use. Natural products naturally separate!
Yeah that’s really it. Super Simple!
I LOOOOOOVVEEE this body wash and it has done wonders for me. It is the only thing I use. 

Coconut Milk

“The two basic items to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.”
Dustin Hoffman
Not to be confused with coconut water, coconut milk is when the actual meat of the coconut is mixed with water. It makes for a creamy liquid with a list of benefits as long as the Mississippi River. 
Coconut milk is a really great skin moisturizer. It combats dry skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. It also contains anti inflammatory properties, so it can be used for sunburns, redness, or swelling.
For my peeps with oily skin, don’t write it off. It can make a great cleanser due to antibacterial properties. Unlike coconut oil, it does not clog the pores. 
Over all, coconut milk helps to maintain elasticity of the skin and prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging skin or age spots. 

Vegetable Glycerin

As someone with rather dry skin, my body craves any moisture it can get. Since vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant, it is a must have for DIY products. Pure vegetable glycerin is derived from plant seeds. Usually those of the palm, coconut or soy varieties. It is easily absorbed into the skin and can even make other ingredients easier for your skin to absorb as well. 
Not all glycerin is made equally. Non-vegetable varieties (made from petroleum or animal fats) can have the opposite effect for the skin. Not to mention they are often filled with preservatives and other toxins. 
This isn’t a necessary ingredient, it will work just as well without it. I find it just adds a little something extra.

Castile Soap

I personally like to use Castile soap because it is gentle, yet effective. Most soaps are glorified drying agents, but Castile soap cleanses without stripping your skin of the good stuff. 
I use Green Mountain Soap Company. It is made with 100% olive oil. Many other Castile soaps, like Dr. Bronners, are made with a combination of oils. These are fine as well, and can be found at your local grocery store. I was out of my normal stuff, so used Dr. Bronner’s in the video.
Anyway you look at it, it is free of toxins and chemicals, so it serves the purpose just fine!

Almond Oil

With its emollient properties, almond oil helps the skin hang onto moisture. This makes it a perfect pair for those of us with dry or sensitive skin! It is packed with vitamin E, which protects from sun damage and aging. 
I particularly like to use it because it absorbs fairly well and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily. Not to mention it is pretty cheap! It is probably the cheapest beauty oil I’ve been able to find. You can always add a little extra to your wash if you want.

Essential Oils

Since essential oils are optional, I’m not going to spend time explaining them. If you want to learn more about lavender or peppermint, check out the posts I wrote specifically on them. This particular combination smells heavenly! Just saying! 
You can make an scent combination you choose. Eucalyptus is a good shower scent as well. Super relaxing!

Cost Analysis

As a self-dubbed cheap-o, I like to know how much I saved. So, here is the cost break down. I shopped at Walmart since it is pretty wide spread. I actually found cheaper prices elsewhere, but for the sake of the blog, I stuck with one store. Make sure you check your local stores to see if you can save any extra cash! 
Coconut Milk 13.5oz -$0.98
Vegetable Glycerin 4oz – $6.03
Castile Soap 16oz – $9.97
Almond Oil 4oz – $5.91
Essential Oils: Lavender and Peppermint – $14.40 (use code HOLREVIVE10) 
TOTAL: $37.29 ($22.89 w/o essential oils)
Before you have a heart attack, lets look at how many bottles you can make with one shopping trip and I will give you a per bottle price. I converted to ounces so it is a little easier to do the quick math.
5.3 oz castile soap – $3.12
4 oz coconut milk – $0.30
.5 oz almond oil – $0.73
.3 oz vegetable glycerin – $0.45
A bottle is going to cost roughly $4.60 depending on what ingredients you actually purchase. Just for reference, even the Walmart brand moisturizing body wash is $3.47. With the list exactly how it is, you can make about 3 bottles from your first shopping trip. Doesn’t sound like huge savings, but if you plan to do more DIY recipes, these ingredients can be used for a variety of things. 
By the way, I don’t make commission on anything you click on or codes you use. I just honestly like helping people get the best deal possible!

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