Recently I’ve been on a huge cleaning spree. And I’m not talking cleaning in the sense of organizing or sanitizing. No, I’ve been on a mission to clean-up the products that I’m using. One morning it just hit me as I was getting ready for work. I started with my shower where I encountered at least 100 different unpronounceable chemicals there alone. Between shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and soap, I was literally bathing in a sea of chemicals. Then after my shower, I slathered some pretty smelling lotion all over me and brushed my teeth, rinsing with “who-knows-what-the-heck-is-in-this mouthwash”. Next I did my makeup, covering my face with one chemical after another. Lastly I rolled on some aluminum… um…I mean deodorant under my arms and topped it off with a few spritz’s of perfume. This was all before 7 am! When I really sat and thought about it, I decided something had to change. I started doing some internet searches and happened across the Natural Living blog, Body Unburdened. And I became obsessed, quickly! I was tempted to throw out every product in my house and just start completely over, but I decided to make some small changes over time to slowly adjust and make sure I didn’t get burnt out on being a DIY-er. I’ve transformed many of my daily products into natural, healthy alternatives and I’ll be writing about each of them over the next few weeks as I get a chance to really use them and report how they work for my body. It’s been much easier than I thought and I am loving it and I feel much better about what I’m putting on my body.
Since we wash our hands so much each day (hopefully you are), it’s important to know what’s going into your hand wash. Most commercial soap products are “anti-bacterial” because we as consumers have an obsession with anti-bacterial everything. We’ve been made to think that anti-bacterial soaps will get our hands more clean than regular soap and water. But there’s no proof that this is true, and actually the ingredient that is making your soap anti-bacterial could actually be doing more harm than good.
Most anti-bacterial soaps on store shelves have an active ingredient called Triclosan. This chemical compound has been linked to liver and respiratory toxicity as well as small amounts have been known to disrupt the thyroid function. Triclosan has also been shown to create bacteria that is resistant to anti-biotics. Additionally all that soap you’re washing your hands with goes down the drains and ultimately ends up in the water supply. Waste water treatment can’t remove all of this chemical so it ends up in lakes, rivers, and possibly back in our drinking water supply. This chemical is dangerous to aquatic life and can therefore harm the Eco-system.
The list of why to stop using anti-bacterial soap could go on, but hopefully if you’re still reading this you agree that it’s time for a change. This soap was so easy to make and it is super moisturizing. I used to feel the need to put lotion on my hands every time I washed them, with this soap I no longer feel that need.
This recipe is from the Body Unburdened website and you can find the original post here. I doubled the recipe so I could fill the whole jar, but you can use the original measuring to make 1 small batch, Since anything natural will more quickly go bad, I don’t recommend doing any more than double the batch to prevent wasting any of the soap.
- 1/2 cup filtered water, or previously boiled water that’s been cooled to room temperature
- 1/4 cup Castille Soap
- 2 T carrier oil of choice (the recipe recommend almond oil, but I used sesame oil as that’s what I had on hand)
- 1 level teaspoon of guar gum
- 15 drops essential oil of choice (I used this Ylang Ylang as I love the smell)
- Add the carrier oil and guar gum to a small bowl and stir until it is an even consistency
- In a separate container (I used the Mason Jar I was storing it in) mix the Castille Soap, filtered water, and essential oils.
- Add in the guar gum mixture and stir together,
- Allow the mixture to thicken, this should only take about a minute.
- Now enjoy your homemade soap!
I store my soap in this cute Mason Jar with soap pump as pictured above. All you need is a regular mouth Mason Jar and you can buy a transform your Mason Jar kit at craft stores, or at Target. Here’s a link to the one I have.