This is the aromatherapy effects at work, and the reason that essential oil accessories like aromatherapy nebulizers can be such powerful tools. But if you want to combine the power of aromatherapy with the rejuvenating effects of soap and a warm shower, then why not make a rich, lathery body wash with essential oils?
Especially as fall rounds the corner, you will need a moisturizing body wash to really help your body adjust to the cold temperatures and the dry weather. Don’t live with itchy, dry skin this fall and winter. Use essential oils and the advice of the experts at Plant Therapy to help you come up with the perfect fall and winter body wash based on the perfect essential oils.
So, what do you need to make this perfect project? Start with a quarter cup of your favor“butter”, like shea butter or mango butter. Melt this butter over a double boiler, then add an eighth of a cup of aloe vera gel and an eighth of a cup of jojoba wax.
The jojoba wax here is important because it becomes a carrier, or fixed oil, so that the essential oil is released in a controlled fashion. Your next step will be to remove the mixture from the heat and stir in a cup of castile soap and a teaspoon of xanthan gum, which is a thickener. You can easily find this in the Gluten Free Backing section of your grocery store. You should let the mixture cool slightly and then add in your essential oils before pouring into your container.
Once you’ve got your carrier, which essential oils should you add to make the perfect body wash? Well, the answer to this question simply lies in the goals you would like to achieve with your body wash. Let’s start with an energizing body wash. For this, try mixing grapefruit and ginger, lemon and peppermint, or even lime and spearmint.
The ginger and the peppermint oils really do a lot to brighten up the washing experience. The lemon and peppermint should not be used with children who are under the age of ten, but the other combinations are safe for all ages! Going for a more relaxing body wash, perhaps one for a good end of the day wash? Lavender and Roman Chamomile are the perfect essential oils to achieve this combination.
Finally, try the sensual synergy essential oil if you are looking for a sensual evening, and adding in your partner’s favorite scent can’t hurt! The body wash world is your oyster once you have your carrier made; from then on it is easy to make the perfect essential oil based body wash for you or for your friends!