Glycerine, also called glycerol, is a thick, syrupy liquid that has no colour or odour. Glycerine is often used as an ingredient in body wash and soap because it has moisturising properties and is an effective solvent in water and alcohol. Whether used alone or combined with other ingredients, glycerine softens skin and attracts moisture from the air. Pure glycerine soap can be used as the base for homemade glycerine body wash or liquid glycerine can be combined with a variety of other ingredients to make a natural homemade body wash.
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Things you need
- Food grater
- Pure glycerine soap base
- Spring or distilled water
- Pure liquid glycerine
- Pure honey
- Plastic bottles
- Unscented or scented pure liquid Castile soap
- Jojoba oil
- Essential oils
Grate a bar of pure glycerine soap base using a food grater into a blender.
Pour 240 ml (1 cup) of boiling hot water into the blender, then press "liquefy" to blend the ingredients thoroughly for about two minutes.
Add a 120 ml (1/2 cup) of room temperature spring or distilled water to the blender, then press "stir" for about one minute.
Pour 1 tbsp each of pure liquid glycerine and pure honey into the blender, then press "puree" for about two minutes.
Allow the mixture to cool in the blender for about 10 to 15 minutes, then press "stir" for about a minute.
Add another 240 ml (1 cup) of room temperature spring or distilled water to the blender, then press "stir" for another minute. Check the consistency of the body wash. Add more water and "stir," if desired.
Pour body wash into plastic bottles and allow to cool without a lid.
Replace the lid after an hour and shake thoroughly. Allow body wash to thicken for about an hour before using.
Body wash from glycerine soap base
Pour 240 ml (1 cup) of unscented or scented pure liquid Castile soap into a blender.
Add 2 tbsp of pure liquid glycerine and 1 tbsp of jojoba oil to the blender.
Pour a 120 ml (1/2 cup) of room temperature spring or distilled water into the blender.
Add 1 tbsp of your favourite essential oils, such as rosemary, lavender, peppermint, tea tree and grapefruit essential oil to the blender.
Press "stir" for about three minutes to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Check the consistency of the body wash. Add more spring or distilled water and "stir," if desired.
Pour body wash into plastic bottles with lids and shake thoroughly. Allow body wash to thicken for about an hour before using.
Body wash from liquid glycerine
Tips and warnings
- Pure honey and essential oils are natural preservatives used to extend the shelf life of homemade body wash -- allowing them to last longer than three weeks.
- Store your body wash in airtight dark or opaque plastic bottles in a cool dark place to prolong shelf life.
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