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Make shower gel yourself: how it works with and without soap!

Make shower gel yourself: how it works with and without soap!

Do you value sustainability or just want to know what’s in your cosmetics? We tell you how you can make a shower gel yourself.

Most of us jump under the shower every day and the bottle with shower gel is usually used up quickly. This ensures a lot of plastic waste in the long run. Not to mention that many shower gels also contain questionable ingredients that are neither good for the environment nor for our bodies.

Just like Cleaning agents or other Beauty products you can also make your own shower gel without any chemicals or plastic. We’ll tell you five recipes with and without soap to make your own shower gel.

How do you make shower gel yourself?

Very important at the Manufacture of natural cosmetics is hygiene. All materials should be clean and, if possible, boiled so that there is no contamination that negatively affects the shelf life of your shower gel. The container in which you want to store your shower gel should also be boiled out beforehand so that it is germ-free.

Otherwise, it is not that difficult to make a shower gel yourself. Most recipes can even be made with a few fewer ingredients.

How long can homemade shower gel last?

If you want to make your shower gel yourself, you will usually do without preservatives. However, this makes it a much shorter shelf life than bought shower gel. For longer shelf life, storage in the refrigerator is recommended. Depending on the conditions under which you store your cosmetics, it will last for about one to a maximum of two weeks.

Our tip: It is best to only make so much at a time that you can use it up in time.

Make tips for shower gel yourself

Especially the first time, things do not always work out as we imagine. We tell you the best tips for making shower gel yourself:

  • The later consistency of your shower gel also depends on the soap used. Wait until your shower gel has cooled completely. Only then will the final consistency be seen.
  • If the shower gel becomes too solid, you can simply reheat it and add a little more water.
  • If the consistency of the shower gel becomes too fluid, you can warm it up again and add some thickening agent such as cornstarch.
  • Since they are natural ingredients, they will settle over time. Shake the shower gel before use so that everything mixes well. Otherwise, the addition of some lecithin combines the ingredients during production.
  • Essential oils should always be used sparingly, as they can irritate the skin.
Make tips for shower gel yourself
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1. Make your own shower gel with soap: the basic recipe

The classic recipe for shower gel is easy to implement and requires only a few ingredients. And the best thing about this shower gel: it not only does not contain any harmful ingredients, but you can adapt the fragrance according to your ideas.

Ingredients:

  • 50 g natural soap (or core soap)
  • 400 ml of distilled water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (e.g. jojoba, argan, almond or coconut oil)
  • 1-2 tsp thickeners such as cornstarch or cornstarch (optional)
  • a few drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Glass bottle or pump dispenser

That’s how it works:

Grate the soap bar with a grater. Put water in a saucepan and heat slowly. Stir in the soap until it has dissolved. Add vegetable oil and mix. For a fresh fragrance, a few drops of essential oils such as lemon, orange or lavender can optionally be added. After the shower gel has cooled, it can be transferred to a glass bottle.

2. Make your own shower gel without soap: Aloe Vera shower gel for dry skin

Especially if you suffer from dry skin, natural soap can strain your skin too much with daily use. That’s why we have a recipe for a DIY shower gel for you that gives your skin an extra helping of moisture.

Ingredients:

  • 220 ml distilled water
  • 40 ml betaine (surfactant)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 15 ml aloe vera gel
  • Glass bottle or pump dispenser

That’s how it works:

Put the water in a bowl and slowly stir in a teaspoon of cornstarch so that there are no lumps. Mix everything until a gel is formed. Then add the betaine. Add a tablespoon of almond oil and the aloe vera gel and mix everything well. Finally, pour the liquid into a glass bottle.

Our tip: It is best to use pure aloe vera gel fresh from the leaf. To do this, scrape out the gel and puree with a mixer. Otherwise, you can also buy pure aloe vera gel.

3. Make your own shower gel: Zero waste shower gel with grapefruit fragrance

Anyone with the concept of a Zero waste bathroom familiar will already know solid shower gel. The clue: solid shower gel works just like its liquid counterpart because it only removes moisture during manufacture. The effect is the same, only that it can be packed plastic-free. We tell you in our recipe how you can make solid shower gel yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 50 g shea butter
  • 50 g Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • 50 g corn starch
  • 3 drops of grapefruit oil
  • Silicone mold
  • Respiratory protection (scarf/cloth also works)

That’s how it works:

Always wear a face mask during manufacture (a scarf also does), as the fine powder of the surfactant can dust. First, mix together sodium lauryl sulfoacetate and cornstarch in a bowl. The shea butter for a few minutes melt in a water bath. Slowly mix the liquid shea butter and grapefruit oil with the dry ingredients. Pour the mixture into a silicone mold and chill in the cooling potion until the solid shower gel has hardened.

4. Make foaming shower gel yourself: Fluffy shower foam

What could be better than a fragrant shower gel? Well, fluffy shower foam, of course! We tell you in the recipe how you can make mousse for showering and shaving.

Ingredients:

  • 70 ml betaine (surfactant)
  • 10 g Zetesol (surfactant)
  • 150 ml distilled water
  • 3 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
  • Foamer bottle

That’s how it works:

Place betaine in a bowl. Add the Zetesol and stir slowly so that it does not foam. Gradually add the distilled water to the viscous mass. Finally, a few drops of essential oil can be added. Transfer the shower gel into the foamer bottle. Fluffy shower foam should now come out when pumping.

5. Make a refreshing peeling shower gel yourself

Every now and then, exfoliating our skin can help get rid of dead skin cells. We tell you how you can make an invigorating lemon-rosemary shower scrub yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 25 g natural soap (or core soap)
  • 200 ml of distilled water
  • 60 g of fine sugar
  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 drops of lemon oil
  • 2 drops of rosemary oil
  • Screw jar

That’s how it works:

Put the water in a saucepan and heat. Meanwhile, grate the soap. Add the soap to warm water and stir for a few minutes until it dissolves. Add jojoba oil, mix and let cool. As soon as the shower gel is cool enough, mix in the honey, essential oil and sugar. Pour the mixture into a screw-top jar.

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