Looking for a homemade shower gel recipe?
It's true that the composition of industrial shower gels is scary...
To convince yourself of this, turn the bottle upside down and try to pronounce the name of the ingredients!
As for organic shower gels, they are overpriced...
Fortunately, after a lot of research and dozens of tests, I found a great homemade shower gel recipe.
Don't worry, it's simple to make, 100% natural and really inexpensive. Watch:
- 270 g of water
- 30 g of sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI)
- 4 g of jojoba oil
- 15 drops of fragrance
- 45 drops of a cosgard type preservative
- a hint of mica, ocher or a colored spice such as turmeric (optional)
- precise balance
- kitchen thermometer
- 250 ml pump bottle
1. Start by disinfecting all the ingredients and the work surface with alcohol.
2. Boil the water.
3. Pour 270 g into the bowl.
4. Weigh the SCI and put it in the bowl of hot water. Allow to melt for a few minutes.
5. Mix gently to avoid foaming.
6. Wait until the temperature of the mixture drops below 25°C. To make it go faster, you can put your bowl in a bain-marie with cold water.
7. Add jojoba oil, fragrance and cosgard and mix.
8. Put your still liquid gel in the fridge for 30 min.
9. Take it out of the fridge and mix.
10. Pour your gel into the pump bottle.
There you go, your homemade liquid shower gel is already ready :-)
Easy, fast and economical, right?
This is a very economical recipe.
And your liquid body soap is 100% natural without any toxic products for the skin.
It has a nice creamy texture and it lathers just right, not too much, making little bubbles. As a result, it rinses very well.
What I love about this homemade shower gel is that it's really easy and quick to make. There is no need to gel the formula. Just mix all the ingredients well.
The little extra of this soap-free recipe is that the surfactant used (sodium cicoyl isethionalte) is really very gentle on the skin. Perfect for dry and sensitive skin!
The skin no longer feels tight after showering. And it's still much nicer that way. Your liquid soap gently takes care of your skin.
And since it is glycerin-free, there is no risk of allergies for those affected.
- Water is the base for the texture of this homemade shower gel. This is the support.
- Sodium cicoyl isethionalte acts as a surfactant, that is to say a gentle cleanser for the skin. It is a white powder made from coconut oil. This ingredient is at the heart of the recipe for this liquid body soap:it is a foaming and cleansing base.
- Rich in fatty acids, jojoba oil is an anti-aging oil. It intensely nourishes the skin and makes it very soft. It has moisturizing and protective properties for the skin.
- Cosgard is an alcohol-based preservative:practical for keeping your homemade shower gel.
- The chosen fragrance perfumes your shower gel and makes cleansing a moment of pleasant relaxation.
So you have all the ingredients to make a moisturizing, soft, natural shower gel that respects your skin and that of children.
- You can simplify the formula even further by not adding perfume or color (mica or ochre).
- Do not breathe sodium cocoyl isethionate powder too closely. Chances are you'll start sneezing.
- If the oil tends to separate from the rest when you take the shower gel out of the fridge, don't panic. The liquid will gel after 24 hours. It will then be necessary to mix it well to make it homogeneous.
- The only downside to this shower gel is that it tends to phase out. Its texture changes over time and gels. It must therefore be shaken regularly so that it regains a normal texture for a shower gel.
- And if you are embarking on a zero waste approach, consider recycling a pump bottle that you already have.
- For information, the pH of this shower gel is 6.5. But it can change depending on your water.
- As a fragrance, I chose the "blackberry" scent, but of course everyone chooses the one they like. You can also replace the fragrance with 10 drops of essential oil of your choice.