homemade shower gel
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Homemade Moisturizing Shower Gel

I present to you a creamy and moisturizing homemade shower gel. Lather up!

Course Homemade
Cuisine Body
Keyword Shower Gel
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 oz
Author Kristin Marr


  • 2 TB shea butter melted
  • 2 TB jojoba oil or grapeseed, and extra virgin olive oil with good success.
  • 1 TB vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum -If you're using guar gum try 1/4 tsp for starters since some readers have reported the gel is too thick with 1 tsp guar gum
  • 1/3 cup castile soap I like to use Baby Mild.
  • 1/3 cup warm water Distilled water for long-term use. The water doesn't need to be hot
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil optional

Special Equipment:


  1. Add the melted shea butter, jojoba oil, and glycerin to a medium-size bowl. Sprinkle the xanthan gum over the top. Allow the gum to rest for 1 minute. During this time the powder should sink into the liquid. After 1 minute, use the immersion blender to dissolve the gum into the oil mixture--pulse the immersion blender for 1 minute. Add the castile soap and warm water to the bowl. Place the immersion blender at the bottom of the bowl. Blend the mixture with the immersion blender for 1-2 more minutes, pulsing up and down. The mixture should turn into a creamy lotion-like consistency during this time.
  2. Pour the shower gel into a soap dispenser. I found my container (pictured) at Target.
  3. While the mixture won't separate, I recommend giving the container a gentle shake before each use. When you introduce water into a product without a preservative you always run the risk of introducing bacteria, so use water-based products quickly.

Recipe Notes

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