I have just finished making a bottle of shower gel ! You probably won’t believe me, but it’s really simple:
- 1 cup of grated Aleppo soap
- 2 cups of water
- 1 spoonful of glycerine
Heat all ingredients slowly in a bain-marie. I have added a few drops of essential lavender oil for fragrance, because honestly I’m not a big fan of the Aleppo soap smell.
But the great thing is that it is all natural. Aleppo soap is made of olive oil, laurel oil and lye (the liquid obtained by leaching ashes – containing a large amount of potassium carbonate, which is what makes soap feel soapy). And glycerine is a sugar alcohol present in all natural oils, it is extracted with a chemical process called saponification (for more details check wikipedia). When choosing your glycerine you should make sure it is a vegetable glycerine!
Actually you could just use a simple bar of Aleppo soap for your hygiene, but we all like fancy looking products don’t we ? And with this option you can personalize your shower gel and add any fragrance you like.
Lavender is relaxing and particularly mild (also suitable for children), lemon refreshing, ylang-ylang stimulating, rose romantic, etc.
NB: If you’re pregnant you should use essential oils carefully, not all of them are suitable – consult your doctor if you’re not sure!
Here’s the link where I found the recipe.
I can’t wait to take a shower now and tell you if it is any good.