Last year we were all at home so much, some of still are, & so I think it’s a good time to experiment with some DIY stuff.
Bring on homemade body wash.
This is one that I found online & researched & it’s great if you have sensitive skin ( just make sure it’s diluted ! ).
Liv Taylor told Into The Gloss that takes a couple baths a week & uses a whole box of Epsom salts & a pack of baking soda ( or hydrogen peroxide – more on that here ).
She says that it makes you sweat out all the toxins & junk in your cells. She said this natural pediatrician told her about it for when kids get sick. Amazing.
So I had to dig deeper. Is baking soda in the bath a thing?
It turns out it is.
After Liv’s interview on Into The Gloss, they dug deep & spoke to James Hardwick on his holistic approach to self care products:
“First, let’s talk about using baking soda as an exfoliant for your face and body. Whole Foods sells a little box for less than a buck. Places like Target and CVS sell boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, too, but I’m not sure if it’s as refined or as pure as the stuff you’ll find at natural food stores.
You can taste the difference if you brush your teeth with it—which I highly recommend (I’ll come back to this). In the shower, I pour a pile of baking soda into my hands and scrub everything—my face, my hair, my body, and the actual shower— with it. It’s a little rough, but it feels good… And maybe I’ve just been lucky, but my skin is happier when I wash it with something simple like baking soda.
It doesn’t seem to dehydrate my skin or strip away healthy oils, and baking soda is pretty stress-free—it’s no big deal if you accidentally swallow some, waste it (it’s so inexpensive), plus it’s environmentally safe! On top of that, baking soda is an odor neutralizer, and it’s good for cleaning produce (not something I do in the shower). See? Multi-purpose, simple, and cheap.”
After digging a bit deeper myself, I found this recipe on My Merry Messy Life & gave it a try.
DIY Baking Soda Body Wash
What You’ll Need:
♡ a container ( anything works but these look super cute in a bathroom )
♡ baking soda ( apparently Bob’s Red Mill is clean & doesn’t contain aluminum )
♡ a spoon
♡ optional: few drops of essential oil ( I like lavendar because it winds me down )
♡ fill half your container with baking soda.
♡ slowly add water.
♡ put a few drops of your essential oil in & stir.
♡ gently stir & add more water or baking soda depending on the consistency you have. ( You want it to be a paste ).
♡ keep adding water & baking soda until your container is full & the paste has formed.
How To Use It:
♡ scoop some up with your hand & rub it on your body in the shower.
You should know that baking soda is exfoliating so it’ll feel a bit rough ( I like it like that ). If you use it on your face, rub gently!
This is a little trick that is so inexpensive, effective, quick, easy AND good for the environment.
As I mentioned, I love lavender essential oil in this because it promotes relaxation. I tend to shower at night, but you do you here. Grapefruit or tangerine would be ideal to energize you if you like to shower in the morning.
Setting my bathroom up with a salt rock night light, eucalyptus hanging, & my DIY lavender scrub makes me feel like I’m at a spa. Then I crawl into bed with my gold CBD pen from Pellequr. One puff & I’m totally relaxed.
Do you guys have any DIY self care products you love? Tell me below. So into this right now.
+ all the benefits of a salt rock lamp.
++ how to pimp out your bathroom on a budget.
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