Ever since I started making homemade beauty products, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession for natural beauty and essential oils. I’ve begun to collect lots of little essential oil bottles, and I’ve been creating gifts for teachers, and family. As I try to learn new ways to make lotions, shampoos and body washes, I’ve been reading about the differences in carrier oils, and the advantages of different essential oils. I also read a lot about the benefits of raw honey for your skin and hair. Raw honey is different from most of the honey we buy in the grocery store because it hasn’t been heated and pasteurized. There are more nutrients in raw honey, and it is purported to be both healing and moisturizing for the skin. Personally, I wanted to know how sticky honey became a body wash because it’s so sticky. Thus, I decided to create a Sweet Orange and Honey Body Wash using raw honey.
There are many places that you can buy raw honey. For instance, it is readily available at Amazon, but you might want to get it at a local health food store or farmer’s market. I’ve read that it is better to consume your local pollens for health benefits. I picked mine up at my local farmer’s market. Usually, you can look on the back of the jar to see where the honey was harvested.
- 1 1/4 Cup Castille Soap
- 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
- 2 Tbsp Jojoba Oil
- 1 Tbsp Vitamin E Oil
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerine
- 7 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
This was extremely easy to make, and didn’t take but a few minutes together. I measured out the castille soap, and the added in the honey. I whisked the two together, and it creates a very smooth, blended mixture. Then I added the Vegetable Glycerine, Vitamin E Oil and Jojoba Oil, blending and gently whisking the mixture throughout. My final step was adding the essential oils.
I used a wide mouth mason jar that I found at Goodwill for $0.99. I love the size and weight, and it looks great at the foot of my shower. I put a galvanized steel lid with a pump that I found on Etsy– I’ve learned that it’s had to find one for a wide mouth mason jar!
In case you were wondering, no the soap isn’t sticky. It does have a sweet smell of orange and honey. It suds well, smells great, and leaves you feeling so clean! I’d love to hear what you think if you try it!