With only 3 ingredients you can make shower gel yourself

With only 3 ingredients you can make shower gel yourself



Making your own shower gel may appear difficult, but it's actually rather simple. DIY liquid soap is easy to make with only three components and eight steps.

Make your own shower gel - these are the ingredients you need:

  • 40 g natural soap, alternatively curd soap
  • 400 ml water
  • a little oil

The utensils you need:

  • Rasp
  • pot
  • Whisk
  • Sealable container (e.g. bottle)

Optional ingredients:

  • Thickening agent
  • Natural essential oil
  • Make your own shower gel: Here's how!
  • Grate the soap bar very finely with a common kitchen grater.
  • Add water to a pot and grated soap.
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring with a whisk until the soap has dissolved.
  • Add a bit of the oil of your choice: Almond or jojoba oil, or a vegetable oil like sunflower or olive oil, and whisk. 
  • Then remove the pot from the heat.

Optional: add roughly 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or a spoonful of honey during the cooling process.

  • Allow the shower gel to cool completely before inspecting the final consistency.
  • Fill a clean bottle, a pump dispenser, or an empty shower gel bottle with your own shower gel.
  • Make-your-own-shower-gel suggestions
  • Do you find the shower gel to be overly runny? Cornstarch or locust bean gum can be used as a thickening.
  • If it's too thick, add extra water and cook it briefly again.
  • Shake the bottle a little to re-mix the components if they have settled over time. Alternatively, to bond the components in the shower gel, add some liquid lecithin.
  • You can also make your own shower gel without a rasp: Cut the soap into smaller pieces with a knife. It just takes a little longer for the soap to dissolve in the pot. Instead of essential oil, you can also add two tea bags (e.g. chamomile or rosemary) to the water, simmer briefly and then continue with the soap shavings. Remove the bags again! Fresh herbs can also be added to the shower gel! Let them, like the tea bag, first boil in the water and remove them later. (Which herbs are suitable? Look here: Cosmetics with herbs) Be careful with honey: Add it only when the mass has cooled down or is at least lukewarm. Otherwise its precious enzymes can be lost.
  • Instead of essential oil, you can also add two tea bags (e.g. chamomile or rosemary) to the water, simmer briefly and then continue with the soap shavings. Remove the bags again! Fresh herbs can also be added to the shower gel! Let them, like the tea bag, first boil in the water and remove them later. (Which herbs are suitable? Look here: Cosmetics with herbs) Be careful with honey: Add it only when the mass has cooled down or is at least lukewarm. Otherwise its precious enzymes can be lost.

How long will the homemade shower gel last?

Because your homemade shower gel contains no preservatives, it will not last as long as store-bought alternatives. The shower gel can be used for one to two weeks.

Why not make your own shower gel?

On the one hand, making your own shower gel is a cost-effective option. Second, the gel container can be reused multiple times, resulting in less packing waste. And, most crucially, if you manufacture your own shower gel, you know exactly what ingredients are in it. You can also choose essential oils based on your preferences - or leave them out entirely.

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