Our skin is the largest in our body, in fact, it covers your entire body and has a surface area of around 2 square metres. And it is permeable, absorbing toxins that come into contact with it, and transporting them into the bloodstream. So my rule is pretty much this: if I wouldn’t eat it then why would I put it on my skin?
When I travel I always take a little bottle of Dr Bronner’s liquid rose castile soap to use instead of nasty hotel soaps, and it also comes in useful to wash undies on the run and the aforementioned spot washing.
This week a reader asked me for a recipe for body wash so I am delighted to share this one which I invented years ago. I love the smell and it works really well and is of course, 100% natural.
I love this body wash because it smells so divine. You do need to find a good bar of rose vegetable oil soap. I use Dr Bronner’s or Trade Aid stores have a nice one.
200 mls water (preferably rainwater)
8 green cardamom pods
2 Tbs grated rose soap
1 Tbs glycerine
Heat the water in a pot with the cardamom pods and bring to the boil. Put the lid on and steep by turning the heat off and leaving to sit for 10 minutes. Strain the water into a jug and add the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a squeegee bottle. This can get a bit gluggy so be prepared to give it a good shake before you pour it onto your skin.