Thick, Creamy & Silky Soft Hand and Shower Wash

If you’re looking for a change from my super-simple foaming wash and want something thicker and creamier, then look no further. This recipe for natural hand and shower wash is seriously amazing. With 5 ingredients, you can’t go wrong!

Enough with the chemicals hiding in even so-called ‘eco’ and ‘green’ brands. Did you know that many ‘natural’ brands use Sodium Benzoate and Citric Acid, which together may release Benzene, a known human carcinogen? Isn’t that a frightening fact? Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine – all ingredients we need to steer clear of.

If you have a spare 2 minutes, whip this one up, your body and the planet will give you a big high-five for it!

Natural hand and shower wash | The Inspired Little Pot

Makes: 760g


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100g boiling water

50g coconut oil

10g xanthan gum (pantry item/market/supermarket)

400g water (distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled)

200g castile soap

20-40 drops essential oils (my oils of choice are lemon & orange) *see notes below

  1. Add boiling water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to a bowl and whisk vigorously, until completely combined. *You could use an electric beater.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk again until mixture becomes light and fluffy. This could take a few minutes if you’re whisking by hand.
  3. Transfer into regular squirt-pump bottles, or soap dispensers.
  1. Add boiling water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to bowl and mix for 10 seconds on medium speed.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for 10 seconds on medium/high speed.
  3. Using a silicone spatula, make sure all of the xantham gum is unstuck from around the blades, and the sides of the bowl. Mix again for 10 seconds on medium/high speed, or until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Transfer into regular squirt-pump bottles, or soap dispensers.
  • Use as you would any liquid soap.
  • Store out of direct sunlight.
  • Don’t be limited by my essential oil suggestions. They can be substituted with oils that fit your budget, or with those that you already have in your collection. I recommend that you source essential oils from a brand you trust. Do your research. Ensure that crops are grown and harvested without the use of pesticides and that chemical processes are not used when the oils are extracted. Do not rely on statements on labels such as ‘100% pure’. I now stock essential oils from brands I trust – you can check them out here. Refer to this blog post for inspiration on essential oil blends.
  • It’s so important to ensure you’re mixing the xanthan gum fully into the mixture.
  • You may need a wide-mouth funnel to get the mixture into your dispenser. I found that using a skewer to gently swirl/push the mixture through a funnel helped a lot.


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