Shower gel creates an aromatic sensation while bathing. It is great for the senses and the skin. To use, just squeeze a small amount on a sponge and massage into the skin. Be sure to rinse off well. Shower gel also makes a great gift idea. Make up a batch of gel and then pour it into small plastic water bottles with pull-out sports caps. Remove the label and tie a bow around the bottle's neck. When creating shower gel, buy plain unscented liquid soap that is clear or white.
Mix together one-half cup liquid soap, one tsp almond or sesame oil, and four drops of scented essential oil. Be sure to stir well and pour into plastic bottles with a cap. Plastic bottles are safer in the shower just in case the bottle gets dropped.
Essential oils are available in drug stores and organic food stores. When selecting your oils, remember that you can mix up to three different scents. Try to keep your scent selections within the same category. For relaxing scents use chamomile, neroli, rose, lavender, catnip, comfrey, jasmine, lemon balm, valerian, violet and ylang-ylang. Energising scents include bergamot, geranium, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon grass, basil, bay, calendula, citronella, lavender, lemon verbena, and mint. You can also try a single favourite scent. Most stores have testers so you can find a good scent that you like.
Exhilarating Shower Gel
Try this recipe for an uplifting experience in the shower. Mix one-half cup liquid soap, one tbsp berry vinegar (recipe below) and one-fourth tsp peppermint oil with one-half cup water. Pour this into a plastic container with a lid. Swoosh it around until it is thoroughly mixed. This shower gel acts as a stimulant because of the peppermint oil. Do not use this right before bedtime because it might keep you awake.
You can use raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or huckleberries for this recipe. Heat one cup of white vinegar to a near boil. Stir in one-half cup berries. Remove from heat and cool. Strain out the solids and pour into a clean container. This recipe makes eight oz.