Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash

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.

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash {DIY that is easy to make and so energizing and invigorating}

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.  

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash {DIY that is easy to make and so energizing and invigorating}

Ingredients

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.

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash {DIY that is easy to make and so energizing and invigorating}

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:

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash {DIY that is easy to make and so energizing and invigorating}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.

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash {DIY that is easy to make and so energizing and invigorating}

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!

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash {DIY that is easy to make and so energizing and invigorating}

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.)

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash {DIY that is easy to make and so energizing and invigorating}

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)?





Comments

  1. Sally Haines says:

    Where did you find those labels? the ones on the bottle itself. Also, was glass an issue with buyers? Can you melt down Castile soap bars?

    • Hi Sally,

      I’m so sorry that I’m just now replying to you– this got lost in my Spam folder (while so many others didn’t?! Strange how that works!) The labels I got at Target at Christmas in the Dollar Spot (or whatever it’s called now). I have 6 bars of Castile soap that I’m needing to try to melt down. I’m sure that you could. I didn’t use glass bottles because I was giving them at gifts, and the essential oils weren’t the kind that at the strength I used them I would worry about them leaching into the bottles.

      • It’s best to use glass amber colored containers with EO’s, it’s got more to do with the EO’s losing their strength due to sunlight. Other than that, it’s great!!

        • Thanks for the suggestion! This is a recipe that is done in small batches, and is used up quickly, so I’ve never noticed any change in the mixture.

  2. I have a tea tree oil face mask that I love. This is an awesome idea!

  3. I don’t know if I’ll get an answer to this, but when I filled my bottles, 8 oz each, it filled them up, but after the foam settled, the bottle is only half filled…is this normal?I hat that the bottles are only half full now…

    • You can see that my bottles aren’t filled to the brim, as they have some foam. I actually ended up making about 4 batches of this at once because I liked it so much that I gave it as gifts. The current recipe ends up with 1 & 7/8 cups of fluid (not including the essential oils). That ends up being just at 15 ounces, so if you pour it into 2 containers, you shouldn’t have it only half full. Does that make sense? Best, Emily

      • Eleanor Connolly says:

        omg, I am just now reading this! hahaha! I just finished up my batch of pepperming/tea tree body wash, loved it! I just made another batch, and I used wild orange and grapefruit essential oils…after the fact, I saw the post about not putting citrus in plastic containers, to which, I did…oh well, we’ll see! Again, love this recipe!!!

        • If you use it quickly, it probably won’t matter. I think the issue is that when you let it sit in the bottle for a long time there is issue.

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