Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'! Shower Gel Recipe

Create healthy, homemade skin care products with all-natural ingredients plucked straight from the landscape that will leave you glowing.

From Natural Beauty from the Garden
Winter 2019

  • The refreshing herbs in this homemade shower gel will get you ready to face the day.
    Photo by Photo by Getty Images/Chiociolla

Yield: Yields 12 ounces


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One of my favorite feel-good songs of all time is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 hit from the Broadway musical Oklahoma! What better way to start the day than with an invigorating shower and rousing chorus of, “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’!” This recipe contains fresh marjoram and eucalyptus, both of which are naturally antiseptic and refreshing to skin. You can also use this as a bath enhancer.


  • 1 cup fresh eucalyptus leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh marjoram
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup mild liquid soap, such as castile
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin or honey


  1. Place the eucalyptus, marjoram, and cinnamon stick in a glass bowl. Pour the boiling water over them, and allow the mixture to steep for several hours, until cool.
  2. Strain off the liquid, and mix with the liquid soap and glycerin or honey.
  3. Pour the soap solution into a clean plastic container with a pour spout.

To Use: Apply as you would any liquid soap or shower gel, or pour some into the bath under running water.

For more homemade skin care, see:

Excerpted from Natural Beauty from the Garden by Janice Cox, published by Ogden Publications, 2018.

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