Almonds: Perfect Recipe For Dry Skin

In some recent experimentation, I tried some Dr. Bonner's Almond castile soap along with sweet almond oil in a shower gel, and the results were great, particularly for dry skin. Depending on your skin type, you may not even need to use a moisturizer after your shower.

Although I added just a few drops of lemon and grapefruit essential oil to the mix, the overall scent was almondy, so I would suggest you add more than a few drops to smell those citrus notes. If you like the almond scent and decide to save your essential oils for an occasion when they will be better appreciated I suggest you forego the grapefruit because the lemon still acts as a preservative, extending the shelf-life of your shower gel.

The following non-toxic biodegradable ingredients can all be found at your local health food store:

Shower Gel
1/4 cup (125 ml) of Almond liquid castile soap
1/4 cup (125 ml) of aloe vera gel. If you like a thicker consistency add more aloe vera.
1 teaspoon of glycerin
1/4 cup (125 ml) of sweet almond oil
Several drops of lemon essential oil (Preservative)
Several drops of grapefruit essential oil (Anti-oxidant)

Mix it all together and put it in a sterilized squeeze bottle. This recipe should give you enough shower gel to last about a month. If there is a noticeable change in the scent then your gel has surpassed its best before date and should be discarded.

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