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Create your own homemade shower gel with all-natural ingredients. This shower gel recipe is simple to make and will leave your skin feeling smooth, silky, and cleansed.
How to Make your Own Homemade Shower Gel
Shower gel can make your skin look and feel amazing, and it can also make you feel as though taking a simple shower is pampering yourself.
However, purchasing shower gel from the store can get expensive, and sometimes you can’t find a scent that just feels and smells like you.
That’s why you might enjoy making your own shower gel at home! How do you ask? Keep reading to find out!
As mentioned before, making your own shower gel is incredibly easy and very inexpensive too. You also have the benefit of knowing exactly what is in the soap that you will be putting on your body. All you need to make homemade shower gel is Castile soap, pure aloe vera gel, shea butter, vitamin E oil, vegetable glycerin, and your favorite essential oils.
Once you purchase all these ingredients, you will create not one batch, but many. I typically create at least three before I need to purchase aloe vera gel again. All the other ingredients last a lot longer.
About Skin Care Ingredients for Body Wash
Castile Soap – is made from safe, simple plant oils, it is considered safe for even the most sensitive skin types. The oils found in Castile soap penetrate pores with their antibacterial agents, helping clean your skin without drying it out.
Aloe Vera – Contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities to alleviate dryness and itchy skin. It helps to rejuvenate the skin.
Vitamin E – is a powerful antioxidant, promoting healthy skin and cell regeneration. Just an FYI, Vitamin E oil is sticky and thick and does take a little bit to dissolve.
Vegetable Glycerin – helps the skin retain moisture, provides softening qualities and makes the body wash gentler.
Shea Butter – can improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. It is an intense moisturizer for rough skin. Please note that this will make the shower gel appear cloudy.
- 1 cup Castile soap
- 3/4 cup pure aloe vera gel
- 10 drops of Vitamin E oil
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
- 2 tablespoons of Shea Butter
- 20-30 drops of essential oils (your choice)
You will need a container for your shower gel. I really like this one I got off Amazon, but you can use what you like best.
How to Make Your Homemade Shower Gel
Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined. An immersion blender may help to incorporate the aloe vera gel more evenly. Pour your shower gel into an empty shower gel container or pump dispenser and it is ready to use.
My Favorite Essential Oil Scents
The Benefits of Shower Gel
Shower gel, especially an all-natural shower gel, has many benefits for the body, especially for people who may have sensitive or dry skin.
- Moisturizing – which is good for everyone, but especially for those with dry skin, and in the colder, dryer winter months.
- Reduces Itchy Skin – Shower gel can also reduce the amount of itching you might have due to dry skin, and limit any flaking.
- Reduces scars – This May reduce the appearance of scars and other skin irritations, especially this recipe with healing aloe vera.
- Natural Ingredients – This shower gel is made by you, with ingredients you can pronounce that are all-natural.
- Sulfate-Free – This shower gel is free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, and other not-so-nice materials.
Homemade Shower Gel – Frequently Asked Questions
Shake your homemade shower gel well before each use. It is normal for the homemade shower gel to separate a little in between use. A good shake will mix it back together.
Do you have to add water to the shower gel?
No, you don’t have to add water if you don’t want to, however adding some water to it will make your Castile soap go further, and make it easier to pump the shower gel if you are using a foaming pump or another type of pump bottle.
Should homemade shower gel be refrigerated?
You don’t have to refrigerate your homemade shower gel unless you have added ingredients that are food like avocado or coconut. In those cases, your shower gel could begin to mold without refrigeration. In all other cases, it is unnecessary unless you just enjoy cold shower gel in a warm shower.
How long does homemade shower gel last?
Your homemade shower gel should last at room temperature for up to two months.
So what are you waiting for? Gather up your ingredients and make some all-natural, environmentally friendly, and economical shower gel today.
Once you get the hang of it, you may even decide that you want to learn how to make more of your favorite self-care and beauty products like soap, lip balm, or shampoo. You could even make a few batches for family and friends as gifts with their favorite scents.
After all, Christmas will be here before you know it!