Beauty basics in a jar

Indulge yourself with these easy-to-make homemade body wash recipes

By Author  |  Shahnaz Husain  |  Published: 7th Aug 2019  4:11 pmUpdated: 7th Aug 2019  4:14 pm
Beauty basics in a jar

Pampering yourself every now and then is a must. However, majority of popular soaps and face washes available in markets contain harmful chemicals and preservatives which dry out the skin. Using traditional cleanser with simple ingredients would maintain the hydration levels while deep-cleaning your face, also ensuring that you’re not putting any harmful toxins on your skin.
Herbal homemade body washes replenish your skin and hair from deep within, and are skin safe, saves money, creates a rich, bubbly lather, moisturises while cleansing and you could also customise it with the easiest recipes available in your kitchen garden.

Since the olden days, “ubtan” has been made at home for cleansing the body. Wheat bran (choker), gram flour, yogurt or cream of milk (malai) and a pinch of turmeric mixed together, makes ubtan. The mix begets best results when washed off after 20-30 minutes, while bathing.Ubtan, therefore, is a traditional method of removing dead skin cells, softening body skin and enhancing its beauty.

Another great tip is to massage skin with sesame seed (til) oil before ubtan as the oil can counteract sun-damage. You can try out the traditional “ubtan” with these simple kitchen ingredients for a body wash. Take wheat bran (choker), add ground almonds, ground dried orange, lemon peel, honey, curd, as well as a pinch of turmeric. Apply the paste on the body and wash it off after 30 minutes.


To treat, acne, and chapped skin, this Sandalwood-based wash recipe helps to rejuvenate wrinkles and mature skin. Take 5 drops of lemon grass oil, 1/2 cup of raw honey, 3/4 cup castile soap, 10 drops of rose oil, 3/4 cup almond oil, and store this mixture in a jar.Exfoliation is a powerful cleansing procedure too, and keeps the pores free of hardened oil. It helps in improving skin texture, minimising dark patches and blemishes. Take three cups sesame seeds, 6 tablespoons each of dried mint leaves, olive oil, honey and curd. Crush the sesame seeds coarsely and powder the dried mint leaves. Mix with the oil, honey and curd.

Rub gently on neck, arms and legs. Leave on for a few minutes and then wash off with water.Traditionally, gram flour mixed with curd and turmeric has been a common body cleansing recipe. Take about 5 cups of gram flour (besan) and about 3 cups of curd. Add one teaspoon turmeric. Mix into a paste that does not drip. Apply on arms and legs and wash it off after half-an-hour. You can also add rice powder to make a scrub for improved exfoliation. Mix 2 cups rice powder with 3 cups of besan.

The ingredients should be adjusted to make a paste. Gram flour can also be mixed with herbal powders to make a scrub for cleansing the body. To the gram flour add curd and rose water to make a paste. Then, add one tablespoon each from the powder of dried neem leaves, dried amla powder and reetha powder. Make a paste. Apply on the body and rub gently for 5 minutes and wash it off.