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Enjoy making your own homemade Shower Gel

Seal in the moisture received from your daily shower by applying a soothing body lotion.

A daily morning shower has become the standard for waking yourself up and rev your engine for the day. To benefit the most from your shower, may it be in the morning or perhaps after a workout or in the evening before you step out, keep the water only slightly warm, not hot. Very hot water actually can stress the circulatory system and may cause skin irritation, such as dry, scaly or itchy skin. Because nature offers a broad spectrum of products that gently soften, cleanse and condition the skin, making your own homemade natural products can help you offset some of the drying that regular showers can cause.

Moneysaver Tip: Natural shower gels can double as a gentle shampoo or facial wash, or even a mild detergent for washing fine lingerie. The frequent traveler should pack this multipurpose product with every trip.

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Shower Gel Recipe

Homemade Shower Gel

For dry skin

1 cup rose water
2 cups natural baby shampoo
or liquid castile soap
30 drops lavender essential oil
30 drops geranium essential oil

For sensitive skin

1 cup rose water
2 cups natural baby shampoo
or liquid castile soap
30 drops lavender essential oil
30 drops chamomile essential oil

For oily, blemished skin

1 cup orange-blossom water
2 cups natural baby shampoo
or liquid castile soap
30 drops peppermint essential oil
30 drops lemon essential oil

In a large measuring cup or medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients and gently stir to blend, keeping foam minimal. Pour into 3, 8-ox. plastic squeeze bottles. Keep 1 in the shower and the other 2 in a cool cabinet or refrigerator until needed.

Indian Massage Oil

This skin-softening mixture of oils, for use after a shower gel, comes from Ayurveda, an ancient medicine practiced in India.

1 cup unrefined sesame oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
10 drops geranium essential oil
10 drops basil essential oil

  1. Cleanse your skin with a gentle shower gel and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry.
  2. While your body is still slightly damp, apply approximately 1 tbsp. of the oil mixture over the entire body. Massage your feet and work toward your heart until the oil is absorbed.

Note: Anyone who has extremely dry, dehydrated skin should follow the second step with a layer of body lotion.


Shower with water that's slightly warm to cool. Spread the shower gel evenly on your skin using a washcloth or loofah. Massage your body, working upward, using broad, circular strokes. Rinse thoroughly. Gently pat yourself dry, and then follow with an application of a moisturizer or body powder, if desired.

Ingredient Benefits:

Rose water for gentle care: Rose water is often found in commercial cosmetic products because of its fragrant, softening and mildly astringent properties. The delicate water is obtained from a steam distillation process that can extract the oil. Its gentle effect make rose water great for use in shower gels, creams and lotions.

Baby shampoo for a base: Unscented natural baby shampoo, available in health-food stores, makes a good base for a shower gel. It's gentle on the skin, lathers well and is suitable for personalizing with the scent of your favorite essential oil. In my experience I found that many baby shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulphate. Unless you can find one without the Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, don't buy it. Use more castile soap instead. Read this Article "Deadly and Dangerous Shampoos, Toothpastes, and Detergents: Could 16,000 Studies Be Wrong About SLS?"

Liquid castile soap for sensitive skin: Liquid castile soap is a concentrated solution of an olive-oil based soap. It makes a perfect shower-gel base for those with very sensitive skin. The resulting product also has a thinner consistency than baby shampoo.

Orange-blossom water for oily skin: Orange-blossom water, sometimes called neroli water, helps improve and refine pores as well as refresh oily skin. When added to a shower gel, its astringent properties prevent blemishes from forming and improve the appearance of skin. Orange-blossom water, a by-product of essential-oil production, has an uplifting scent.

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