Is fall not one of the best times of the year??? (Assuming you get it, of course! I sure didn’t when I lived in San Diego.) The weather turns cooler, the trees start their amazing color change, and the air has a delicious crispness to it that only comes with the gloriousness that is autumn. I just love it!
So many amazing scents come out around fall time, and I used to be a total fall bodywash scent junkie! While others were waiting for the appearance of their beloved pumpkin spice lattes, I was stalking Bath & Body Works for that year’s fall bodywash lineup. Warm vanilla, spicy cinnamon, and delicious pumpkin were so close and would soon be mine! I coveted those bottles of goodness and hoarded them when they came out.
That is, until I learned about how icky some of the things found in commercial body washes can be. (And to be honest, after awhile, some of the more strongly scented bodywashes would give me a headache from the smell, so I knew something was up.)
A lot of body washes contain things like benzyl acetate, which is a perfume chemical and is linked to liver adenomas, as well as stomach and pancreatic cancer. They also can contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which helps body washes get sudsy and foamy. SLS can inhibit skin’s ability to retain moisture-and who wants dry skin? The drying effect can be magnified in some less expensive brands as well with the addition of alcohols in the soap.
What’s a girl to do without her fall bodywash? DIY!!
Here is a SUPER simple recipe for a fall-scented body wash that foams and suds really well, is gentle on your skin, AND helps to support your immune system.
DIY Fall Bodywash Recipe
- I cup unscented castile soap (I use this one)
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup almond oil (I use this one)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (I use this one)
- 20 drop of Thieves essential oil
- Glass soap dispenser (similar ones here)
- If your coconut oil is in solid form, melt it in the microwave for a few seconds
- Combine the coconut oil, castile soap, water, and almond oil in a glass soap dispenser, and swirl to mix
- Drop in Thieves essential oil and swirl again to combine.
You will want to give the bottle a quick swirl before each use to re-mix the ingredients-make sure that moisturizing coconut and almond oil gets in there! I use 5-6 pumps per use.
Have you ever tried making your own body wash, or has it always been a scary thing for you?