Okay, essential oils are all the rage, and honestly, I don’t know much about them yet. I’ve been doing some reading, and trying to learn some more. However, this holiday season, I did decide to make a few home spa gifts for my female relatives, as I’ve talked about trying to focus the holiday on giving meaningful gifts from the heart. One of my creations was a Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash that I am now obsessed with. You see, I made 3 batches of it, so I had a couple of extra bottles. I also won’t give a gift if I don’t like it myself, so I decided to try a bottle out. Oh my goodness, I’m in love, and I’m now making another batch (or three). I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a body wash this much– it is so refreshing, invigorating and leaves me feeling tingly clean. What’s more, it’s using natural ingredients, so it doesn’t have any of the chemicals that traditional soap has.
Honestly, the Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash is quite easy to make. I couldn’t get over it. I spent a lot of time review recipes and mixtures for Body Washes, scrubs and other spa treatments. There are so many good ones out there. I have a Pinterest board that had a ton of different ideas. However, I based my recipe and portions on several different ones that I read about, but closely based it on one that I found at Freebie Finding Mom.
- 1 & 1/2 Cup Unscented Castille Soap
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerin
- 2 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
- 1 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 Tbsp Vitamin E Oil
- 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 25 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- A few drops of Liquid Soap Colorant (optional, and to the desired color, I chose green)
The Monkey was very excited to help me with this project, and we started by pouring the castille soap in a large bowl, and adding the glycerin, grapeseed oil, vitamin E oil and sweet almond oil.
Whisking will make the mixture quite opaque and foamy, due to the glycerin, but continue to stir it. Once it appears well blended, I added in the essential oils and soap colorant. I was more precise with the essential oils since I had read about how strong and potent they can be, but for the coloring, I did it based on my own personal preference. If you choose not to add the coloring, the body wash is much the same color as the castille soap:
I continued to whisk it after adding the color and essential oils to make sure that everything was well blended and evenly distributed. I then used my funnel to pour the body wash into clear plastic bottles. You can certainly use mason jars or recycle a container, but as I was giving these as gifts, I purchased the empty bottles from a supplier on Etsy, called Pink Lemonade Party Supply. She has lots of cute things that are well suited for homemade gifting, but there are many other options for bottles available on Etsy.
The bottles are 8 ounces each, so I was able to fill approximately 3 of them with each batch. I say approximately because I had the Monkey helping me, and depending on his exuberance, there was a certain amount of spillage!
I picked the Peppermint Tea Tree scent for the body wash because I once had shampoo that was scented with Peppermint and Tea Tree oils, and I found the scent to be very energizing and invigorating. I loved how it made my scalp tingle and my hair feel so fresh and clean. However, you can certainly choose another scent. Note that depending on the essential oil that you choose, you may be better off-putting the body wash in a glass container. (I can’t yet speak to all of the properties of Essential oils, but have read that the citrus oils are considered “hot” oils, and should not be stored in plastic containers as they may leach properties out of the plastic. Again, that’s not my area of expertise.)
Once the batches were completely bottled, I placed labels and instruction tags on them. (As I have had emailed about the baker’s twine, you can find it here.) As the body wash separates a bit, I explained that the bottle needed to be shaken well. I also explained that it was concentrated, and that a small amount was needed on a wash rag, poof or sponge to create a nice lather.
What do you think? Have you tried making your own spa and body products? What scents are your favorite (I’m looking for ideas)?