For the past 3 years I’ve been using the same body wash. I loved the Olay ultra moisture with Shea Butter. It’s made my skin so soft. Lately though I’ve become more aware of how certain chemicals can harm your body. Looking at the ingredients of my favorite body wash, I’m seeing Petrolatum, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Laurly Sufate (SLS), Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, and much more for the total of 29 ingredients. My body has been absorbing those toxins daily for years. For more on SLS (just 1 of the 29 ingredients in that body wash) you can read about it here SLS.
This past year I’ve been learning more and more about our skin. I used to think of our skin as BARRIERS. The thing that protected our bodies from environmental influences. Now, I look at our skin as CARRIERS. Our skin absorbs everything it touches. If you really think of the repercussions that can come from that, it’s quite scary.
Every single thing you put on your skin, those chemicals in those products, enter your blood stream and make it’s way to our organs. Think about how many things you use a day. From body wash to shampoo, hand soap to dish soap, laundry detergent on your clothes to the makeup you use on your face, from your deodorant to your toothpaste. There are so many chemicals going into your body that you don’t even think about.
One of my goals is to live a healthiest life possible. I’m making small changes here and there so they become life long habits, not some mood I’m in this month and next month I change my mind. One goal of mine months ago was to get rid of all my personal products that had Parabens in them. Parabens is a very dangerous ingredient that is in so many things and it can be a major endocrine disruptor. That has stuck and most of my products were given away to people that haven’t done research on Parabens and wanted them anyways.
Because I deal with certain biological issues like having a chemical imbalance in my brain that makes me more susceptible to things like depression and anxiety, I am really careful about what I put on my body. I also suffer from hormonal imbalances and those only play into the areas of depression. I’ve been so blessed these past 4-6 months to be healing and feeling so good, mostly in part from the changes I’ve made using Young Living oils, supplements, and most recently the Plexus program for gut healing. And I must also add, God’s healing and grace He has instilled upon me.
So back to my Olay body wash issue. I loved the smell and the feel of it! The shea butter made my skin so soft! So when a girlfriend of mine named Jessica, a fellow DIY’er, oil lover, and a naturalist herself told me about a body wash recipe that I could use Shea Butter with, I was all in!
Today I made the most wonderful, moisture filled body wash, and it contains all NATURAL ingredients! No chemicals, no synthetics, no dangerous endocrine disruptor ingredients.
Before I share the recipe, please know that if you don’t have the interest in making your own products, or simply don’t have the time, there are a lot out on the market that are wonderful and healthy to use. One bar soap that smells divine is Young Living’s Valor soap. Valor is one of my favorite oils, it’s life changing and very much needed for my body to relax. If you don’t have Valor yet, we need to talk and get you some Valor!! 🙂 Here is a link to read more about it. Valor Bar Soap
Homemade Shea Butter and Lavender Body Wash Bars
Recipe created by Jessica Beschta-Wade
Goats Milk Soap
YL Lavender essential oil
I used about 1/4 of the Goats Milk Soap and put it in a double boiler over the stove. I also added 1/2 cup of Shea Butter and 1 spoonful of Coconut oil to melt.
The finished products turned out adorable. These are pretty thick and will last quite a long time.
Making your own products can be pricey, but I’ve found a way to combat that expense. Since I know I will be using the ingredients, I buy in bulk. I shop online with Amazon Prime (free shipping) and get my Coconut Oil from Costco. The Goats Milk Soap I got at Hobby Lobby and every week they have a 40% coupon off of 1 product that is not on sale.
I plan on using these body wash bars for a long time and will remake them when I am running low. If you have any fun recipes you’d like to share with me, please find me on Facebook here, Instagram under SmallJoysOilyLove here, or comment below. I’d love to hear your experiences with your DIY projects or products premade that I can recommend to people.