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Exfoliating Homemade Body Wash: Skip the dirty microbeads!

Exfoliating Homemade Body Wash without Plastic Microbeads

This homemade body wash uses all natural ingredients to exfoliate your skin without plastic microbeads!

Wait a second! What’s wrong with microbeads?

I will tell you! Those tiny scrubby bits in commercial body washes are actually little pieces of plastic. They’re so little that they wash down the drain, through water treatment plants, and out into our waterways, where they cause some big problems.

If you count on body scrub to keep your skin clean and smooth, it might be hard to let that part of your beauty routine go. I did a little hunting and found an awesome video from Vintage Remedies on how to make your own homemade body wash, so you can have your exfoliants without polluting waterways and harming marine life! Hurrah!

I love that this recipe doesn’t need any modifications to be totally vegan and that the ingredients are simple things that you can find at most drug stores. In case you’re reading this at work and don’t have time to watch for the ingredients list, you’ll need:

  • poppy seeds or something else that’s coarse and won’t dissolve – They suggested almond meal as an alternative and specifically said not to use sugar or salt, because they will dissolve in your mixture over time.
  • castile soap like Dr. Bronners
  • vegetable glycerin
  • oil– apricot kernel, safflower, coconut, sunflower oil, or any other odorless oil will work
  • 8-10 drops of essential oils – optional, use whatever scent blend you like!

I don’t want to give away all of the secrets from the video, but there’s no melting or other cooking required. Just mix up your ingredients and go! Check out the video above for a simple demo. You’ll be making your own exfoliating homemade body wash in minutes. Take THAT, microbeads!

Image Credit: screenshot from the video

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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