Making your own shower gel is great fun and very rewarding. You can easily make your own wash products for your family using ingredient available from Naturallythinking.
What is in this recipe?
This is a great cream to use on feet or on your hands after a hard day’s gardening. It has deep moisturising abilities from the oils and the butters will help lock in the water to moisturise your skin for an long time.
Glucosides (Caprylyl Capryl, Coco & Decyl) are detergent ingredients derived from sugar. They are biodegradable and much better for the environment than other, less natural surfactants. They are used to wash your skin and hair, but they are kind and gentle to the skin and provide great foam.
Cocamidopropyl betaine is a mild surfactant used to help wash the skin. It also provides foam and some lather to the product for that great smooth feeling.
Pomegranate Oil is enjoying an increase in popularity for skin care. It is full of antioxidants and vitamins. It is great for the skin and is great feeling, light oil
Sweet Almond Oil is one of the best cleansing oils available, and is great for the skin. It leaves a soft, moisturised feeling on the skin.
Vegetable glycerine is a natural by product of soap making and is a humectant. It attracts water to the skin to add moisture and keep the skin supple for longer. (Want an alternative? Use honey to replace glycerine, but remember your product will no longer be vegan friendly)
Vitamin E is an antioxidant. When oils are exposed to air they start to oxidise and form peroxides. These are damaging to the skin and can contribute to ageing skin. Using Vitamin E is recommended in all products containing oil, and is now a legal requirement in some instances.
Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside
Sweet Almond Oil
Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin
Equipment you will need
You will need:
2 x Bowls
Funnel (to decant to a bottle)
Mix the Glycerine and Xanthan Gum together in one bowl until there are no lumps left
Mix all glucosides and oil together in the second bowl
Add glycerine/Xanthan gum mixture to the second bowl and stir until no lumps are visible
Add water to the second bowl and stir
Note: If you are unable to stir all glycerine/xanthan gum mixture into the second bowl or you notice later on that some have remained this is not a problem. Leave the product covered over night and 12 hours later they will all naturally dissolve into the mixture.
You can use your hands to apply to your feet or take some into your hands and rub together. You can also use your hands to apply to your body, especially straight after a bath or shower.