With cooler temps comes the arrival of dry skin. When the heat turns on and starts pumping out dry air, you might start to encounter those uncomfortable, itchy patches on your legs and arms. The first defense is often internal so make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
Then you can make changes externally by replacing any harsh soaps and cleansers with more gentle versions to avoid stripping away your body’s natural oils. This homemade body wash includes both sunflower oil and shea butter for a super soothing treat for your skin.
Moisturizing Homemade Body Wash
I’ll admit it has been awhile since my last batch of body wash. The honey coconut oil version was amazing but found myself too distracted to make more. With so many new things to make it’s sometimes hard to make yourself go back and making a recipe again, you know?
But making your own body wash it totally worth it. You only need three ingredients, and it literally takes less than 5 minutes. Then you’ll ask yourself, why was I so lazy about this for so long?
Here’s what you need to make your own:
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil
- 1 cup liquid Castile soap (this time I used soap I ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs; it seems to foam up more in mixing than the the Dr. Bronner’s that I typically use.)
- 16 ounce pump dispenser (mine is from Rail19)
Like with the honey coconut oil body wash you’re basically using 1 cup of soap to 1 cup of moisturizing ingredients (honey and coconut oil or shea butter and sunflower oil) so there’s room to substitute or mix and match. And if your soap dispenser is smaller just cut the ratio in half.
The body wash is creamy but lathers nicely (very important to me) and you can feel the oils staying on your skin like they are creating a protective layer against the elements. A perfect skin soother for colder temps!
Your skin may not see much light during the winter when you’re all bundled up, so it can be easy to forget to moisturize, especially if you’re like me and go straight from the shower to the quickest clothes you can find. But it’s still important to exfoliate, so I usually dry brush or use a body scrub in the shower because I’m too cold to stand outside and do it beforehand. Then slather on a rich moisturizer as soon as you get out.
Soothing Shea Butter Body Wash
- Liquid pump dispenser
- Melt shea butter over low heat. I usually heat a few inches of water in a saucepan on low heat and put the butter in a Pyrex measuring cup. Place cup in water until melted; remove carefully.
- Add Castile soap, sunflower oil and melted shea butter to soap dispenser.
- Replace cap and gently swirl the contents around to combine. Don't shake or you'll activate the soap and get a bunch of bubbles!