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Homemade Shower Gel for Your Gym Bag

by Andrea Butje on August 10, 2015

Make a homemade shower gel to take to the gym!

Homemade Shower Gel for Your Gym BagThere is nothing like that glow you feel after a good session at the gym or yoga class—when your muscles are tired but your mind has such a sense of open clarity.

Do you still feel like you’re making healthy choices while freshening up in the locker room?

Some showers in locker rooms don’t have body products for you to use . . . and those that do can sometimes make you look twice! Are they natural and safe? Will they dry out your skin? Who else has used them?

I have a recipe for homemade shower gel that you can carry in your gym bag.

You can make this homemade Mandarin & Spruce Shower Gel in a 1 oz (30 ml) PET plastic container with a flip-top, so it won’t leak in your gym bag. PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn't ideal—such as when the bottle might get thrown around in your gym bag—PET plastic is a good choice.

In your PET plastic bottle, combine:

  • Just under 1 oz (30 ml) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 2 ml Solubol dispersant
  • 5 drops Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata)
  • 5 drops Black Spruce essential oil (Picea mariana)

The aloe vera is a perfect alternative to soap, and rinses sweat right off your skin without stripping away your skin’s natural oils that keep you moisturized.

The essential oils in this homemade shower gel are good for getting rid of bacteria. That's helpful anytime, but especially in a locker room shower! Mandarin is one of my favorite Aromatherapy oils for self care. It is so good at fighting microbes, but it’s also revitalizing for skin.

Both Mandarin and Black Spruce are perfectly suited for after a workout or yoga, because they are known to reduce muscle spasms, soothe sore muscles and aching joints, and reduce inflammation. The essential oils work in synergy to help your body calm down after a strenuous session.

I recommend making a fresh bottle of this every few weeks. You might also want to make a label for your homemade shower gel before you pop it in your gym bag. Labels are helpful for all your Aromatherapy blends. Just mark down your ingredients, the date you made the blend, and anything else you’d like to include, such as a name. (Don’t forget to use a waterproof label!)

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: handmade soap, natural soap, Recipes and Blends, DYI soap recipes, liquid soap, shower gel

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