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Scented Body Wash


There are a few things I don’t like about commercial body wash:

  • The ingredient list
  • The scents
  • How my skin feels after use
  • Microbeads

I can overlook most issues, but for me the scent is what always ruins it. Since I was a child I have been unable to handle most synthetic fragrances. I have often wondered if exposure to commercial cleaning chemicals did the damage – my Dad was a carpet cleaner and we lived in a tiny home. In winter he would store his chemicals in the bedroom my brother and I shared. When you only had 992 square feet of space….well, we were always around 5 gallon buckets of crap that has been mostly banned since then.

But I digress, the point is I itch horribly and my skin gets tight and pink with most artificial scents. I’m for one glad that perfume has less fans over the years. Like with my youngest child, I have a few trusted brands of products I can use with no reactions. If they sell an unscented version, even better. Then I can scent it with pure essential oils.

However, the other issue is finding brands that are Alistaire safe. No nut oils, no Jojoba Oil, and a few other ingredients. That lowers the playing field even more. There isn’t many unscented liquid soaps on the market that are also allergy safe. Jojoba oil and that boy are not a pleasant sight! If however you can handle Jojoba, Dr. Bronner’s makes a good unscented liquid soap as well.

I found Alaffia EveryDay Shea (Moisturizing Shea Butter Body Wash), Unscented, that comes in a 32 ounce container, it’s ingredient list is very short:

Azadirachta indica (Neem)* Aqueous Extract, Saponified Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter* and Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (thickener/foaming agent made from coconut). *Certified Fair for Life by IMO

Combined with essential oils, I can have my spa experience, but not pay for it after the shower, having to slather myself with more questionable products.


Because I’d rather be using my oil chest instead of faux scents.

Peppermint Body Wash


  • 6 ounces unscented body wash or liquid soap
  • 28 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops wild or sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • Small funnel
  • 6-ounce pump container


Add about half the body wash to the container, using the funnel. Add in the essential oils, then top with soap. Leave enough space at the top to insert the pump’s straw, using the straw to blend the soap.

Store tightly sealed.

Use as you would normally with body wash.

As for the essential oils, my preferred brands are Simply Earth, dōTERRA and Aura Cacia. These are affiliate links.


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