A few months ago, I shared the “recipe” that I have been using for the DIY Homemade Handsoap that we’ve been using in our house. However, I’m a person who is prone to developing extremely dry and cracked skin during the winter. And crafting with glues and paints, and all of the messes that the little boys means that I wash my hands a lot, so they get dried out even easier. When we started running out of our current batch of hand soap, I decided to make some more DIY moisturizing hand soap for the winter that had a greater proportion of enriching carrier oils.
I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with castile soap. The way your skin feels after you use it, is, well, incredible. Does anyone else agree? About 2 months ago, I couldn’t find the refill bottle for the liquid soap that I had been buying for years. I was certain I had some in the house, but I didn’t know where it was. Maybe we do have some, but I still haven’t found it. I decided then and there to take my love of castile soap and my lack of liquid hand soap, and create my own natural hand soap. This is one of the easiest DIY beauty or skincare projects I’ve done in a while. Within ten minutes, I had my first bottle of natural hand soap, and after a few weeks, I made another bottle, tinkered with the proportions, and make something that works great, smells heavenly and has enough moisturizing benefits to make my skin feel awesome. Needless to say, I’ve been using this natural hand soap constantly!
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.