Cooool Twistin' Summer Shower Gel

After pouring rain waterlogged our festive long  weekend, Montreal woke up Monday morning to a beautiful hot summer day. Figures! Anyway, I have found a new recipe for the summer that is a slight twist, the peppermint twist, on my all-natural non-toxic biodegradable shower gel. I  made some this weekend and tried it this morning. Very cool!

In addition to having a cooling effect, peppermint is said to work as an antiseptic, aid digestion and alleviate stress, exhaustion and depression. I can't attest to all those things, but I can say that it does make you feel immediately cooler. For further reading on the health benefits click here. For contraindications click here.

Although some people may find the initial smell overpowering, the scent quickly fades after the shower gel is rinsed off. Instead of adding almond oil this time, I used grapeseed oil, which is much lighter. After all, no one wants a heavy oil on their skin on a hot day.

Here's the recipe:

The following ingredients can all be found a your local health food store.

Remember all shower gels must have a surfactant, emulsifier, emollient, preservative and humectant)
1/4 cup (125 ml) of peppermint liquid castile soap (Surfactant)
1/4 cup (125 ml) of aloe vera gel (Emulsifier, Emollient and Preservative) Aloe Vera also acts as a thickener. If you like your shower gel thicker just add more. the drinkable kind. It works better and is CHEAPER!
1 teaspoon of glycerin (Humectant and Emulsifier)
1/4 cup (125 ml) of grapeseed oil (Emollient)

Remember Dr. Bronner's liquid peppermint soap can also be used as toothpaste.Check out the website.  Just think! You can get your mouth washed out without even saying "fuck!"

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