How to Shower With Apple Cider Vinegar


You might have heard of taking an apple cider vinegar bath, but did you know that you can also get the benefit of this kind of skincare and health treatment in the shower? You can make sure that your skin gets the benefits of apple cider vinegar in the shower as well with these handy tips. You will need to make sure that you have a spray bottle on hand and that you have mixed your apple cider vinegar correctly before you hop into the shower.

Knowing how to use apple cider vinegar in the shower can open up a whole new world of skincare possibilities that you didn’t know existed before.

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar For the Shower

You will need to mix up a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar for your use in the shower. The best ratio of apple cider vinegar to water is 50/50. Figure out what your spray bottle will hold and make that much 50/50 apple cider vinegar and water mix. You will then screw on the spray top of the bottle, and you are ready to go! 

You can also pour this mixture over your skin or mix it with a soap product and scrub your body with it. There are various options that you can use to make your apple cider vinegar mix available for use in the shower. You will just need to be sure that you have mixed the water and apple cider vinegar before getting into the shower. You never want to use apple cider vinegar on your skin that has not been diluted.

Using Apple Cider Vinegar in the Shower

The first thing that you will want to do is make sure that you have washed your hair and taken care of your other skincare needs. The apple cider vinegar treatment that you are using should be the last thing that you do before leaving the shower. 

Angle the show head away from you so that you are not rinsing the apple cider vinegar mix right off your body as soon as you apply it. Spray, pour, or rub the mix onto your skin and then let it rest for about ten minutes. You can rinse off with just water, or you can use a body wash product to remove your apple cider vinegar treatment. 

Use this treatment every week for healthy skin and to treat conditions like dry and itchy skin or even eczema. This is a great way to balance your skin’s pH and keep your skin fresh and glowing with health.

Apple Cider Vinegar Can be Used in the Shower With Ease

If you thought that the only way that you could use apple cider vinegar for your skin was to soak in the tub, think again! You can easily use an apple cider vinegar treatment to care for your skin in the shower. Use these tips to take care of your skin in the shower with this helpful pH-balancing treatment.

This article was last updated on December 19, 2022 .

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When to Use Body Scrub in The Shower


If you have just realized that a body scrub is a great option for your skincare needs, you might be wondering when to use it when you shower. There is actually an ideal time to use this kind of product, and you will get more out of the use of scrubs if you use them at the right time in your routine. Remember that a body scrub is made to exfoliate your skin to prepare it for the application of moisturizer. This means that you need to use the body scrub at the right time in your routine so that your moisturizer can work effectively.

Having a quality body scrub is just as important as using it at the right time. Make sure that you get an organic or natural body scrub for your skin health as well. Avoiding exposure to harsh chemicals is always best for your skin and your overall health and well-being.

What to Use a Body Scrub When You Shower

Now that you have your body scrub that is made with natural ingredients, you need to know when to use it. You will want to be sure that you use your body scrub when you are done with your haircare and getting ready to be done with your other skincare in the shower. You want to use your body scrub before you shave but not before you wash your hair.

Your body scrub will remove dead skin cells so that your moisturizer can work more effectively, so you need to use this treatment right before you get out of the shower. This is always the ideal time to scrub your skin to exfoliate it so that your pores are open and your skin is prepared for moisture. You will need to be sure that you wash all of your body scrub off before you leave the shower but resist the urge to use a shower gel or another cleansing agent after you scrub.

How do You Pick a Body Scrub?

There are various factors that you can use to determine which body scrub is right for you. You will need to look at the skin type that the product is for first of all. This is important so that you are not using the wrong kind of scrub for your skin needs. Also, make sure that the product is made entirely with natural ingredients.

For washing your face with a scrubbing product, you need to be sure that you have a facial-specific scrub. You will want to avoid the use of body scrub on your face as it will be too abrasive for your face and could cause redness and inflammation.

Body Scrubs Can Make Your Skin Ready for Moisture

The best thing that you can do to make the most of your skincare routine is to add a body scrub to your routine. This product will prepare your skin for moisture and get rid of dead skin cells. Your skin will also be brighter and have a glow to it when you use a body scrub on a regular basis.

This article was last updated on December 9, 2022 .

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Caring for your health is something that you do every time you shower, wash your hands, or style your hair. So why are all of us taking care of these needs with products that contain harsh chemical additives? Making the switch to organic or natural products can remove so many chemicals from your daily exposures and make you healthier overall.

If you have been on the lookout for a shower gel that doesn’t contain chemicals, you need to be sure that you know what you should keep in mind. There are various ingredients that you need to look for when you are shopping for the right shower gel that is organic. Being educated about the ingredients that work best for this product can make a big difference in your shopping experience.

In our opinion, the best shower gel, without chemicals, is the Herbal Body Wash by Hempz.

Ingredients To Look For in Shower Gels That Are Organic

Most natural skin care products will contain these kinds of ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Aloe vera
  • Red algae
  • Green tea
  • Rose hydrosol
  • Lavender or other essential oils for scent
  • Shea butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Neem extract
  • Hemp oil

All of these different ingredients can be present in the organic product that you are buying to use as a shower gel. Make sure that there are no hidden chemicals in the products that you are considering buying. Some brands can be sneaky about making their products sound chemical-free when they are not.

The Best Brands to Shop With for Organic Shower Gel

There are a few companies that make the best shower gels that are not going to include chemicals that are harsh to your skin and bad for your health. Companies like 100% Pure and Alaffia are well-known for their excellent skincare products that are fully natural and organic as well as responsibly sourced. You will also have good luck with Dr. Bronner’s and Puracy brand products.

No matter which companies you are looking into buying from, checking the ingredients list is a must. You will be able to check that the product is safe to use if you just look at what is included in the bottle. Any words that you do not recognize or chemical inclusions should rule out that product as being non-organic.

Buying Organic Body Wash Can be Easy

If you have decided to make the change to organic products for your skin, a body wash might be at the top of your list. There are many companies that make products in this category that are natural and completely organic. Always check the ingredients list to be sure that you are aware of what ingredients are inside the bottle, and you should have no trouble getting your hands on organic skincare products.

Make sure that you remember that the shelf-life of these products is often short, so do not buy in bulk to prevent having to throw out shower gel that has gone bad. Organic body wash can make your daily shower experience healthier and more enjoyable with ease.

This article was last updated on December 6, 2022 .

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Peppermint & Eucalyptus Shower Melts


Shower Melt DIY Sometimes the closest I get to some spa time is the 5-10 minutes I slip away to take a shower while the kids are napping. It’s sacred time, people! 😉 Lately I’ve been trying to think of ways to make shower time a “treat yo self” experience. Yummy smelling shampoos, fancy masks… but recently I’ve been loving these little DIY shower melts.

The peppermint and eucalyptus (with a touch of orange) smell SO incredibly refreshing and always make me feel more awake and ready for my day!

Shower Melt DIYSupplies:
–corn starch
–baking soda
–witch hazel
–peppermint, eucalyptus & orange essential oils
–silicone mold
–food coloring

Step One: In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of corn starch. Stir.

Shower Melt DIY Step Two: Slowly add 5 tablespoons of witch hazel to your mixture, making sure you get out any lumps. Once combined, add in a drop of food coloring. I added a touch of green to give it a minty looking color. If your mixture seems a little dry and hard to stir, add just a touch more of witch hazel. Finish by adding in 5 drops of orange, 10 drops of peppermint and 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your shower melts.

Step Three: Once everything is combined, use a spoon to fill your silicone mold. This recipe made 8 small stars.

Shower Melt DIY Shower Melt DIY Step Four: Put your shower melts in the freezer overnight to harden. Keep in a cool place like the fridge to prevent them from melting. When you’re ready to use your melts, simply put them in your shower away from direct water so it can melt slowly. I like to put mine on the ledge of the bath in the corner or on a soap holder. For a little boost of smell, add an extra 1-2 drops of essential oil to your shower melt once it’s in the shower. Breathe in and enjoy!!

Shower Melt DIY Shower Melt DIY These make the perfect gift for anyone in your life in need of some “me time”! (or try another one of our spa/beauty DIYs for more relaxation) 😉 Store or give them in a cute jar or bowl, and don’t forget to keep them chilled! If you love the idea of a shower melt but don’t want to make your own, you can also just grab a ready-made one and get right to the relaxing part (or try these bath bombs when going for a soak!)…Lots of love, Sav.

P.S. Check out more self-care and beauty items on our wishlist and shopping pages!

Credits//Author and Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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3 Natural DIY Shower Products


3 DIY Green Shower ProductsToday I’m excited to share three natural shower products that you can make at home! We are teaming up with SheaMoisture, and their new Beauty Hack line that’s available at Ulta to make these three simple recipes. We’re going to learn to make a sugar scrub, a body wash and a body oil—all from awesome, natural ingredients!

I have a huge stash of various oils and ingredients in my office that I use for DIYs, but it took a LOT of time, research and a decent amount of money to collect all these supplies. When I heard about the Beauty Hack line, I loved it instantly because it takes a lot of the guesswork out of creating your own natural beauty products. There are recipes available on their site, and SheaMoisture uses certified organic and fair trade ingredients. You can use this collection, along with ingredients from your kitchen to create your own DIY natural skincare and hair care products!

3 DIY Green Shower Products Matcha Sugar Scrub, makes enough for one use (my photos show a double recipe)

6 tablespoons Sugar Scrub Base
1 tablespoon macadamia oil
1 teaspoon matcha tea
1 drop fragrance oil (These are all essential oil based, not artificial fragrances.)

3 DIY Green Shower Products

Mix the ingredients in a bowl until it’s super green, like this!

3 DIY Green Shower Products Haha—I don’t know whether this is the prettiest or ugliest thing I’ve made lately?

3 DIY Green Shower Products To use, scrub this all over your body in the shower. The sugar does the work of exfoliating your skin and the oil leaves lasting moisture and softness, even after it is rinsed off. Oh—and you can totally smell the matcha… I love it!

3 DIY Green Shower Products Next, let’s mix our own body oil!

Lemongrass Body Oil

2 parts Body Oil Base
1 part grapeseed oil
1 part avocado oil
1 drop lemongrass fragrance oil

This smells incredible! I love to use body oil right after I shower as my body moisturizer.

3 DIY Green Shower Products

Body Wash

3 parts Cleanser Base
1 part macadamia oil
1 drop fragrance oil

This recipe will have some natural separation, so you just need to shake it before use. This is very common with natural beauty products, or really anything made with oil.

A quick note about storage—A common question I always get on these types of recipes is “how long will it last.” These products are intended to be mixed up for each use. However, I will share some simple, common sense guidelines with you that I have learned. If you ever use a fresh ingredient from your kitchen in your recipe (something like the matcha I used here, coconut water, fresh citrus floral water, etc…), these types of things will cause your recipes to not last as long. So if you use something like that, I would refrigerate your recipe between uses and try to use it within a few days or at least the week. However, if it’s as simple as mixing oils with essential oils, like the body oil I made here, it will last longer. I still like to make fairly small batches and use them up before making more. The bottom line is that natural beauty DIYs don’t have preservatives and ingredients that make something shelf stable, but that can be a good thing! Just don’t try to make a year’s supply of matcha sugar scrub in one day.

Sigh… now it’s time for a hot bath, a glass of rosé, and you can take your new natural products for a spin!

3 DIY Green Shower Products XX! Elsie

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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These DIY shower gel recipes are made with natural ingredients, making them beneficial for your skin. Customize the ingredients to suit your skin and to avoid allergies!

1. Easy Homemade Shower Gel

Easy Homemade Shower Gel

When you want a moisturizing bath to beat winter dryness, nothing like raw honey and vitamin E to boost hydration! This recipe includes all of these together with glycerin and castile soap for some suds action. Get the details here.

2. Homemade Moisturizing Shower Gel

Moisturizing DIY Shower Gel

This easy 10-minute recipe incorporates a fine balance of nourishing ingredients like coconut oil and foaming ones like castile soap. The addition of xanthan gum enhances the probiotic quotient, making it an excellent antidote for dry, acne-prone skin craving for some love.

3. DIY Gel with Orange Essential Oil and Shea Butter

Orange Essential Oil And Shea Butter Gel

With skin-healing and antibacterial properties, this soothing, orange-scented shower gel helps your skin to retain water, thereby negating the need for applying a moisturizer throughout the day. Get the recipe here.

4. Lavender Spruce Shower Gel

Lavender Spruce DIY Shower Gel

Blending liquid surfactants into shower gels is not easy. This easy DIY shows you how to do that to get an amazingly spreadable consistency that bubbles and lathers like a dream.

5. Homemade Olive Oil Shower Gel

Gel With Olive Oil

Sure, this homemade shower gel lacks in the scent department, but its benefits are undeniable, thanks to the olive oil, which provides protection from sun damage and moisturizes deeply. Find the recipe here.

6. DIY Gel with African Black Soap

African Black Soap Gel

This easy DIY lets you enjoy the healing properties of African black soap in the form of a shower gel. It works equally useful as a face wash and so cuts down the number of products you need.

7. DIY Sugar Plum Shower Gel

DIY Sugar Plum Shower Gel

Showering with this sugar plum shower gel feels more like a luxurious spa treatment, giving you all the energy you need to run down for more holiday shopping. And the recipe is customizable according to individual preferences, so you can use any tea you want instead of sugar plum.

8. DIY Sweet & Sassy Spruce Shower Gel

Sweet And Sassy Gel

With ingredients like honey, vitamin E, and jojoba oil, this is a shower gel that your skin will thank you for. Plus, it has warm, spicy undertones, thanks to the cloves and a mild fruity fragrance of orange. Find further instructions here.

9. Homemade Gel From Castille Soap

Castile Soap DIY Shower Gel

This shower gel is a more travel-friendly version of your castile soap, with a heady, long-lasting scent thanks to the addition of essential oils like grapefruit, lemon, and geranium. Don’t forget some maple syrup for a runny texture. Here’s the recipe.

10. DIY Lemon Verbena Bubble Bath Gel

Lemon Verbera Bubble Bath Gel

This bubbling, foaming shower gel lends a pleasurable bathing experience, one that indulges the inner child in you, and leaves herbal, spa-like aroma in your bathroom as well. Find complete instructions here.

11. Homemade Body Wash With Honey + Coconut Oil

Homemade Bath Gel

For an ultra-hydrating bath in cold, dry winters, this honey-coconut body wash is your best bet. It smells like a dream, lathers easily and leaves a lingering scent in your bathroom as well. Here’s the recipe.

12. DIY Shower Gel

Now, this is one of those recipes that involve quite a bunch of minerals, but the results are worth the extra effort.

13. DIY Shower Gel From Scratch

DIY Shower Gel From Scratch

If your skin is prone to frequent breakouts and you’re looking for a tried-and-tested recipe involving organic ingredients, this DIY is your answer. It includes glycerin for extra moisture and essential oils like chamomile and lavender that soothe skin.

14. DIY Lavender Spruce Gel

Probably one of the most balanced shower gel recipes in this list, this recipe includes glycerin for moisture, baking soda for some scrubbing action, sodium coco sulfate for foam and lavender for a heady, delicious fragrance.

15. Gel With Freshen Essential Oil Blend

Essential Oil Blend Bath Gel

Combining essential oils and moisturizing almond extracts in an aromatic blend, this exfoliating yet nourishing body wash is excellent for renewing flaky skin. Find the details here.

16. DIY Rosemary Lavender Bath Gel

Rosemary Lavender Bath Gel

Infused with drops of two mood uplifting essential oils, lavender and rosemary, this energizing and foaming gel is just what you want to beat Monday morning blues. Here’s the DIY.

17. All-Natural Essential Oils Bath Gel

This insanely easy video shows you how to whip up a nourishing blend of shea butter, coconut oil and almond oil that leaves you soapy clean, without stripping off skin moisture.

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