Making your own shower gel: a step-by-step plan
Shower gels come in thousands of scents and colours. They all promise silky smooth skin, a fresh scent and an invigorating experience. There are hundreds of studies about which shower gel is best for your skin, for the environment or for your wallet, but it is not always clear which ingredients are contained in your shower gel. Do you want a pure shower gel, of which you are absolutely sure what it is made of? Then you can make your own shower gel. Three inexpensive recipes for DIY shower gel!
1. Old soap scraps used as a basis for a cleansing shower gel
Gather scraps of hand soap and grate them. You will need about a cup of soap scraps. Add a cup of water and heat the soap scraps over low heat until the soap melts and an even mixture forms. Add your favourite essential oil to create your favourite scent. If you like, you can even add food colouring.
2. Silky-soft almond soap chock full of natural ingredients
Mix two-thirds of a cup of basic liquid soap, which you can find in pharmacies or health food stores. Add three tablespoons of liquid honey, two teaspoons of almond oil and one teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Finally, drizzle in essential oil to taste. Prefer not to use essential oils in your homemade shower gel? Then use herbs such as star anise or ginger. Vanilla or almond extracts also provide a pleasant, natural fragrance.
3. Making your own shower gel from oatmeal
For this recipe, you will need a soap dispenser: you can simply reuse a bottle.
Pour three cups of boiling water over 1/4 cup of oatmeal and leave it to stand for several hours. Then pour the mixture through a colander and reserve the water. In another bowl, mix 1/4 cup of basic liquid soap with a few drops of essential oil, a teaspoon of vitamin E oil and 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil. Take the bottle and fill it to about 15% with the soapy mixture. Top up with the oatmeal water. Screw the pump onto the bottle, shake briefly, and enjoy a lovely shower with your DIY shower gel.