I love to make my own frugal homemade versions of typical commercial household products, and these days I am making more and more things that contain Young Living essential oils. I will be sharing a few of my favorite recipes on this blog.
Have you ever found your self ogling the expensive goat's milk soap at the health food store? You smell each luscious one, but put them all back because of the price? One year I bought everyone their own bar as a stocking stuffer at Christmas, then I turned my own bar into half a gallon of shower gel!
You don't need to start with such an expensive bar of soap, but chose one that you already are familiar with its moisturizing properties - one you like and one that is healthy.
The first thing you need to do is chop or grate your bar of soap into small pieces. Add your grated soap and 2-3 cups of water to a medium sized sauce pan. Heat the mixture and stir until the soap dissolves. Wow you are almost done! Don't let the mixture boil, because at this stage the smell of melted soap is a little irritating.
Since every band of bar soap is made differently, the amount of water you add next will vary. You will have to let the mixture cool to test its thickness. I ended up adding a lot more water to my mix, because when it cooled it was very thick. Warm your shower gel mix up if necessary and add water until you get a gel that has the consistency you like. If you are adding a scent, wait until your finished shower gel has cooled to add in your favorite essential oils.
Use oils that you are already familiar with and like. Some scents to try: Lavender, peppermint (my favorite), geranium, jasmine, neroli, vetiver, patchouli, yang-ylang, sandalwood - whatever you like. You may want to avoid using a lot of citrus essential oils as these can cause your skin to temporarily be more sensitive to the sun.
To get started buying essential oils at wholesale prices, please click on the small lavender picture at the top right of the page, or go to youngliving.com. Open an account with Young Living and use this number (1401517) for your enroller and sponsor. A Preferred Customer buys at retail prices and a Distributor buys at wholesale prices. To become a distributor and get your oils at wholesale prices, with no selling required and no monthly quotas, simply purchase one of the starter kits. The Premium Starter Kit is the best value and includes 11 bottles of essential oils, essential oil samples, an ultrasonic diffuser for aromatherapy (worth $100!), literature that explains all about the programs at Young Living, and more.