If you're travelling, you'll want to make a few bars for easier packing! I never leave the house without a shampoo, conditioner, body scrub, or foot scrub bar. I don't have to shave my legs (I know, envy me) but I like to bring along a shaving bar if I'm doing a lot of swimming! (If the idea of a shaving bar is weird to you, then try a shaving lotion!)
There are many ways you can adapt your products for summer fun. You can add more aloe for apres sun soothing, you can increase the humectants to draw more moisture to your skin, and you can change your oils to increase the linoleic acid oils to help with any barrier damage you might incur! I know I always need products for my feet - a foot lotion, a more intense foot cream, and modified body butter that becomes a foot cream - thanks to my habit of never wearing socks in the summer! And I know I need some serious exfoliation this time of year, and nothing works better for me than an emulsified sugar scrub in a zingy summer scent (Jewelled Citrus and Hello Sweet Thang are always favourites, although I'm really enjoying Melissa's Froot Loops blend - 1 part lemon curd, 1 part cream cheese frosting!)
I love my summer lotions to be light, although sometimes I need something a little more intense, like a body butter, for after swimming and camping fun!
- Adapting a lotion for summer - including more hydrosols and lighter oils.
- Adapting a body butter for the summer.
- My summer time camping fun lotion!
- And another light lotion idea.
cool ties to take along with you - everyone says they love the heat, but it's nice to have a portable cooling down system in your day bag! (I've made a silky pillow with these crystals for really hot days!) And a sunglass case - or better yet, a dual layer sunglass case - is essential for keeping your shades scratch-free! Finally, don't forget to make yourself a ton of funky and adorable headbands to keep your hair out of your face!
And if you like food and eating it outside with friends, try making a shrimp boil! These are a summer staple around our house once corn season starts!
If you're planning to be in the sun, get a good sunscreen. No, you can't make these yourself as it is really complicated chemistry and you won't have a clue if it's working or not until you burn. (As someone with a husband who has vitiligo, I'm very aware of the dangers of burning!)