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Kitchen Confidential: How to Whip Up an Earth-Friendly, Floral Body Wash

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Barbarian BathThis column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Kristi Head, artist and founder of Lite + Cycle sustainable goods

“I love to experiment and concoct. I taught myself this recipe when I realized how hard it was to find a beautifully scented body wash with a boudoir-like feel that’s also free from synthetic and chemical ingredients. I cherish this version because it’s pure, nontoxic, nondrying, easy to make—and smells just the way I like it. I use botanical oils sourced from the health food store, like sea buckthorn, which is packed with essential fatty acids, including vitamins A and E. It’s skin heaven! You can add more or less of these oils to customize the scent to your liking, too. I use this creation in the shower every day.”

One for the Recipe Box: Bespoke Shower Wash
7 1/2 ounces unscented organic liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is great)
1 teaspoon organic jojoba or almond oil
10 drops sea buckthorn oil
6 drops jasmine oil
3 drops rose oil

“Add the castile soap to an empty 8-ounce container with a pump dispenser or screw-cap top. In a separate container, add the remaining ingredients, and agitate gently to blend. Pour the oils into the liquid soap, shake to mix, and the wash is ready to use.” (FYI: “The oils may separate later on,” said Head. “Don’t worry, this is normal and won’t affect the quality of the wash.”)

Photo: Getty

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