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Power Gel: The shower gel for a hundred smiles per hour

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The power of the perfect lather

Our latest shower gel recipe has the power to win you over! It produces a lovely, creamy lather, deeply hydrates your skin, and contains no chemical products. Now that’s what we call a Power Gel! 

With its neutral formula, it will both cleanse and hydrate your skin. What’s more, this DIY shower gel is so easy to make! You can even tailor it to your tastes and needs. We provide guidance on which vegetable oils and scents are best suited for your skin type, so that your homemade shower gel will be just right for you. Isn’t DIY empowering? 

Now are you convinced? Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and make your own Power Gel for clean, soft, hydrated skin. 

How to make your own shower gel 

Before you begin

To make this shower gel, you’ll need to handle coco glucoside, which has a pH of 12. So it’s very important that you wear gloves throughout the process of making this product. But don’t worry, thanks to the citric acid, the final product will have a pH of 5 to 7, which is entirely suitable for use on your skin. 


Phase A

Phase B

Phase C

Phase D

Additional ingredient


Good to know!

  • You can select the essential oil that’s right for your skin type. Here’s a little guide:
  • Careful! Some essential oils are dermocaustic. They should not make up more than 0.5% of the total weight of the recipe or they may irritate—or even burn—your skin. You can find our full list of dermocaustic essential oils here.
  • Alternatively, you can choose to use aromatic essences to scent your shower gel. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Vegetable glycerin hydrates your skin. It’s a humectant, which means it attracts water molecules and retains them on your skin, thereby prolonging hydration. 
  • Castor oil provides a dense, creamy lather and is suitable for all skin types. You can replace a portion of the castor oil, or all of it, with a vegetable oil that’s particularly suitable for your skin type. Here’s a little guide:
  • If your shower gel is too liquid and you’d like to thicken it, add 1 to 5 g granulated sea salt, depending on your desired texture. 

Steps to follow

  1. Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
  2. Weigh the demineralized water or hydrosol in the small stainless steel bowl. Heat gently on the first double boiler. 
  3. Weigh the glycerin and xanthan gum in a ramekin. Set aside. 
  4. When the water has reached about 50°C, remove it from the heat and add the glycerin and xanthan gum.shower gel recipe Gently mix with the spatula until the mixture gels. Your phase A is now ready!diy shower gel
  5. Weigh the phase B, C, and D ingredients in three separate ramekins. Set aside. 
  6. Pour phase B (coco glucoside) into phase A. Gently stir with a spoon to prevent the mixture from foaming up.make a shower gel
  7. Now add phase C to the mixture. Stir gently. homemade shower gel
  8. Add phase D (coco betaine). Stir gently. how do you make homemade shower gel
  9. Check the pH of the mixture using pH paper; it should be between 5 and 7. If the pH is above 7, dust a half teaspoon of citric acid over the mixture, diy natural shower gel recipestir gently but thoroughly, and check the pH again. Repeat until the pH is between 5 and 7.
  10. Pour the mixture into the tottle bottle using a funnel and a spatula. homemade body wash

Use and conservation

This homemade shower gel is formulated for all skin types.

It is intended for body use. When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for three to six months.

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