I found this great little recipe for a DIY body wash from greenlifepages.com I changed a couple things but it turned out to be a great body wash. Since we wash our bodies every day, having a body wash full of natural ingredients will be good if you are having skin issues. I found this to be a very nourishing and hydrating body wash for my dry skin. The oat milk that you get from infusing the steel cut oats will nourish the skin and seal in the moisture.
- 1 Tbs steel cut oats (to infuse)
- 1 sprig of rosemary and/or lavender (optional – to infuse)
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tsp citric acid (to prevent bacterial growth in your body wash)
- 2 Tbs coconut oil (can swap out with olive, grapeseed, almond, jojoba, apricot kernel or any other oil)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1-1/2 cup liquid castile soap (I used Dr Bronner’s)
- 1 tsp guar gum (you can find it in most markets that carry natural foods with the Bob’s Red Mill grains)
- 30 drops essential oils (your preference – I used a blend of spearmint, thyme, and rosemary)
1. Boil water in a kettle and once boiling pour over the oats and rosemary (or whatever you decide to infuse). Cover and let sit for an hour, then strain to remove oats and rosemary bits from your infusion.
2. In a bowl whisk your oil, honey, infusion, and citric acid together.
3. Sprinkle in the guar gum, whisking to combine, and then immediately afterward whisk in the castile soap (if you wait too long the guar gum will thicken and you’ll have clumps) until blended and smooth.
4. Drop in your essential oils and fold in with a spoon or spatula. Store the mixture in a bottle (opaque is best) out of direct sunlight and use within 6 months. Shake before each use.