Homemade body wash that is moisturizing and natural is easier to make than you think. Not only that, DIY body wash saves money and is great for gift giving.
I always crack up at those chewing gum commercials that ask, “Feeling dirty?” And their answer to cleaning up is to pop a piece of gum in your mouth. Sparkling teeth, yes. But do I want a sparkling clean body? No, not so much.
So how about getting an all-over clean feeling with a little homemade body wash? I swear it’s simple, not nearly as simple as popping in a piece of gum, but the results will surely make you more presentable.
If you have simplified your personal products, you’re probably wondering why a bar of soap won’t cut it. It will. But some of us just like a little something we can squirt on a washrag or a bath pouf to scrub-a-dub-dub with. Furthermore, and it takes only a few minutes to make this liquid DIY body wash. In contrast, a batch of homemade bar soap takes much more time to make!
With this combination of ingredients, this moisturizing homemade body wash is gentle enough to use on your face, and also makes a rich lathering shave soap. Because of this, on a recent camping trip, I used it as a facial cleanser, body wash, and shaving foam. So, it really cut down on the number of toiletries I had to pack!
Homemade Body Wash Ingredients
Honey is the secret ingredient in this recipe. Even more, we recently published an article about honey’s amazing benefits for the body, inside and out. In it, we note that honey helps your skin retain moisture and elasticity without drying it out. Which makes honey perfect for mature, dry, itchy or damaged skin. Also, it can help speed the healing of blemished skin. Instead of making the homemade body wash sticky, honey just makes it nice and smooth. Lastly, be sure to use raw, unfiltered honey. (find raw honey here)
Liquid Castile Soap
Using a pure liquid castile soap will ensure your DIY body wash is sudsy, without the addition of chemical foaming agents. But feel free to use scented or unscented castile soap. Moreover, if using scented castile soap you can omit the essential oils, or keep them in for their added therapeutic benefits. (Note: Peppermint castile soap may be a little uncomfortably tingly on sensitive areas for some.) (find it here)
Adding an oil that is easily absorbed by the skin makes this body wash extra moisturizing. To list, two of my favorites are Jojoba and grapeseed oil. Because of the oil in this homemade body wash, you may find you don’t need to apply additional moisturizer afterward. (find it here)
Vitamin E Oil
First of all, vitamin E is repairing and moisturizing oil. Further, it is also an antioxidant that helps elongate the shelf life of this homemade body wash, and any other homemade personal care products. Perfect as an addition to products during the summer or winter months when our skin may be more stressed by extreme temperatures and weather. (find it here)
Many essential oils are perfect for troublesome skin conditions. For example, some of them soothe, repair, heal, disinfect, or deodorize skin. With this in mind, we included a list of beneficial essential oils to use in your DIY body wash at the end of this article. (find 100% pure essential oils here)
Homemade Body Wash Recipe
Yield 8 ounces
Since this recipe doesn’t contain water, it has a long shelf life of up to a year.
Measure out all ingredients and combine in a bottle with a squirt top, shaking to mix. Shake gently before each use. To use, squirt onto a washcloth, bath pouf, or directly onto body.
If your raw honey is creamy and thick, warm it a bit to liquefy before combining with other ingredients. This will allow for thorough mixing of ingredients.
Homemade Body Wash Video
Essential Oils in Homemade Body Wash
When making your DIY body wash, keep your particular skin type in mind and find a scent you enjoy.
If you’re using this body wash for your baby, you may want to omit the essential oils altogether, or just add a few drops of chamomile or lavender essential oil. Also, if children will be using the homemade body wash, use half the suggested amount of essential oils.
To illustrate, my current favorite scent combination is 45 drops of lavender and 15 drops of geranium essential oil. So, this creates a sweet floral DIY body wash that reminds me of summer flower beds. Use a single essential oil or have fun blending a few. Here are some suggestions:
Chamomile (German and Roman)
Great for dry and sensitive skin, acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
Great for oily complexions, acne, mature skin, eczema, dermatitis, and other problematic skin conditions. It also brightens and revitalizes dull skin. A great addition to your homemade body wash.
This essential oil tones the skin and is extremely cleansing for oily skin. If using the amount suggested in the above recipe, there is no phototoxic concern.
Very gentle and good for all skin types, including very sensitive skin. Perfect for mature skin, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Effective at soothing itchy skin.
Stimulates new cell growth, moisturizes skin, and regulates oil production. This makes it a valuable essential oil for use in this homemade body wash or any DIY skin products.
Antimicrobial, astringent, fungicidal, and deodorant. Great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, eczema, oily skin, and mature skin.
Since peppermint is very strong, use only half the amount of essential oil called for in this homemade body wash recipe (or less). Cooling, refreshing, and stimulating. Has astringent properties, making it perfect for acneic skin. (Note: Avoid during first 4 months of pregnancy.)
Rosemary is stimulating and restorative. Useful for acne, eczema, and dermatitis. (Note: Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use if you are epileptic or have high blood pressure.)
Useful for acne, dry, cracked and chapped skin. Also great for wrinkles and mature skin.
One of the only citrus essential oils that are not phototoxic, sweet orange is helpful for dull or oily skin. And how doesn’t love the smell of citrus in their homemade body wash?
This antibacterial oil can be nicely blended with others like lavender and peppermint. Can be useful for acne, oily skin, rashes, and inflamed skin. Using too much may actually create a drying effect so you may need to experiment a little to find the right amount for your skin.
Great for general skin care, irritated skin, oily skin, or acne. Since this oil is a strong scent, add a few drops at a time until the desired aroma is achieved. (You will need much less than the amount suggested in the above recipe.)
Make This Recipe Your Own
Don’t limit yourself to the essential oils or ingredients recommended in this recipe. Experiment with your favorite ingredients, and let us know how it turns out!
Have you ever made homemade body wash, what’s your favorite recipe?