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DIY Lavender Silky Body Wash……

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Today I’m going to share recipe for a luxurious and decadent DIY Body Wash!  I have made this recipe for my family for quite a while now.  It foams, it cleans and it moisturizes.  You might ask why I make my own?  Well, first of all I want to avoid chemicals.  Body washes are filled with them.  Second, I like to save money and third, I need a body wash that will clean as well as moisturize my dry skin.  This homemade body wash checks all 3 boxes!

Most body washes contain a bevy of harmful chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol,  triclosan, and artificial fragrances.  All of these chemicals are irritating not only to your skin but irritating to your hormones and even your organs!  As I like to say “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”!  All of these chemicals go directly into the blood stream.  Over time they can build up and cause health issues.  Making your own products is just too EASY and FUN to continue to subject yourself to harmful chemicals-in my opinion.  So, let’s get started!!

Lavender Silky Body Wash

3 cups of distilled water

1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel (buy it HERE)

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup Coconut Oil (but it HERE)

1 TBSP Shea Butter (buy it HERE)

1 tsp. Guar Gum (buy it HERE)

1 cup Lavender Castile Soap (buy it HERE)

1 tsp. NeoDefend (buy it HERE)

2 tsp. Citric Acid (buy it HERE)


  1. Fill a pot 1/2 way full with water and place a glass pyrex bowl inside the pot.
  2. Turn on stove top to MEDIUM and heat oils and butter until melted.
  3. Add water, aloe vera gel, essential oils, butter/oil mixture and guar/xanthan gum to blender.
  4. Blend on and off for about 15 minutes.  Blend for about 30 seconds at a time.  Lots of blending is necessary to get the water and oils to merge.  This is when you can inspect the consistency.  After you’ve blended well and feel your cleanser is too watery, you can add another teaspoon of guar or xanthan gum
  5. After an hour or so, and you notice your blended mixture is not separating, add the castile soap and blend for 5 seconds.
  6. Transfer to container.

I add the castile soap last because if you blend the soap you will end up with a huge amount of foam that will take days to go away.  This recipe makes around 30 ounces.  Shake before each use.  It might separate for a couple of days, after that mine stays mixed.  I suggest shaking each time before use.
That’s it!  So easy, right?!

All of these ingredients are rich.  They are so yummy to the skin.  By adding all the oils and butters your skin will be silky soft!   Remember-Because I’m using all natural ingredients, this cleanser will not suds up.  It does leave your skin feeling very cleansed though.

Guar Gum is a thickening agent and gives your wash a smooth silky texture.  If you don’t use guar gum your wash will be very watery.  Castile soap is very concentrated so always mix it with water when using it on your skin.  It can burn delicate areas.  I use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap because it is organic and easy to find.  You can get it in a variety of fragrances as well.  One of my favorites is Sweet Almond.  I love mixing orange essential oil and lavender with the sweet almond soap.  It makes a light and invigorating scent that is wonderful for a body wash as well!

You do need a preservative since we are mixing oils and water.  Also, the pH of castile soap is very high.  You need the citric acid to reduce the pH so that your skin will not become irritated by a high pH.

I hope you enjoyed my recipe for a rich and moisturizing silky body wash!  Remember, becoming chemical free is easier than you think, you won’t break the bank and you’ll end up with the most decadent body care on the block!

Always use high quality essential oils.  I always get my essential oils from Spark Naturals.  Use my coupon code for 10% off!


  1. Could you please check your measurements? I’d like to try this recipe, but there’s no way 3 cups of water, etc. can turn into 4.5 oz. Sounds like a great recipe! – M. McCarty

  2. better yet, make your own aloevera gel. nothing more simple! grab an aloevera leaf, peel back one side with a vegatable pealer and scoop out the insides straight into a food processor. Blitz briefly and viola! Aloevera jel. (lasts up to 5 days, refrigerated)

  3. Is the coconut oil fractionated or the solid form that melts at warm tempatures?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Do you use glass or plastic bottles for storage?

  5. What is the expiry on this?

    • I would say this would last about 3 months. I don’t suggest you make any in advance-mixing oil and water can cause bacteria growth after time. There are no preservatives in this recipe. Thanks!

  6. Jennifer K says:

    Do you melt the coconut oil before mixing it? How does the entire mixture remain in liquid form using the solid coconut oil?

  7. Thanks for sharing! I would love to make this, but I don’t have guar gum. Do you think it would be too liquid without the thickener?

    • Patty-It will be very watery, but if you can put it in a pump it might be ok. You could make it, then if it’s too watery add guar gum-You can purchase it at most grocery stores around the baking aisle, by the flour-Or my online links. You can also use xanthan gum if that’s easier. They both thicken. Thanks!

  8. Cynthia says:

    Hi Jenni. So thrilled to find your site! I want to make everything you’ve posted so far. I would like to use the Sweet Almond castile soap with orange and lavender essential oils. How many drops of each do you use? Thanks for sharing.

  9. I don’t care for the smell of lavender…could I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild and substitute with any essential oil I prefer…or say, the insides of a vanilla bean?

  10. kimberly alaniz says:

    Just ran out of my bought body wash, I can’t wait to make my own tomorrow with no chemicals. wish me luck 😀
    Thank you so much for your recipe.

  11. Jennifer, this sounds great and I can’t wait to try it! I was wondering if youthink I could sub sweet almond oil or jojoba oil for the olive oil; or what other kind of oil could be subbed?

  12. What size pump bottle does this recipe fit in?

  13. Martha says:

    I just made some. It did make 32 ounces. Do you recommend I store it in the fridge until I can finish using one bottle at a time?

  14. Hello! First off I just want to say that I really enjoy reading your website and finding new recipes to make. I just tried making your body wash though and it’s extremely watery! I was so bummed that it didn’t turn out! I’m hoping that maybe you’d have some tips for me. I did use guar gum but it hasn’t thickened at all. The only thing that I can think of, is that maybe I used a runnier aloe vera. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated! Thanks:)

    • Kelly-Shoot! My aloe is very runny so that’s not it. You can throw the whole thing back into the blender and add another tsp. of guar gum. I have found that more blending with the guar gum seems to thicken it up. You will have a lot of froth but that will go away in a day or so.
      I would first blend it for about 40 seconds, see if it thickens, then add another tsp. of guar gum and blend for another 40 seconds. That should do it.
      Good luck!

  15. This recipe sounds great! Have you tried it without the water?

  16. Hi Jenni,
    Could I add some raw honey to this recipe? If so, how much would you recommend?


  17. I’ve made this before but I don’t remember there being 3 cups of water. Is this right?
    Also, I see that the citric acid is new. Would ascorbic acid do the same thing?

  18. My two batches also turned out very watery.. I used distilled water and followed the recipe to the letter. With your recommendation to the other person who had a watery batch, I’m thinking my blender isn’t as high of quality?… I’m wondering if I needed to blend more considering I don’t have a Vitamix or equivalent. Looking forward to your response as I do not feel super confident in trying to troubleshoot with my limited experience in homemade skincare. 🙂

    • Hi Jenna! The blender might be the problem. I have a vitamix. It wouldn’t hurt to keep blending and experiment with the guar gum. I blend for about 40 seconds and that gets it really creamy. You might do a whole minute and then evaluate. You can always blend longer, as long as you don’t add the soap, it’s no big deal and won’t hurt your cleanser!

  19. I want to try this recipe , but as I read the reviews, many people said it turns out watery. Can I use less water? How much? Thanks!

  20. Bianca Fermont says:

    Hi Jenni,

    I’m planning to make this recipe. My only problem is that from where I live I can’t buy Neodfend. I clicked on your link though to read about Neodefend and read this:
    ‘…Therefore, the use of NeoDefend and L-Ascorbic Acid and Citric Acid in the same cosmetic formulations should be avoided….’
    But in this recipe you use both.

    I hope I can find a preservative but maybe I do’nt need one if I make a small batch?

    • Hi Bianca! Yes, I just discovered that these 2 ingredients should not be use together. I will be fixing my cleanser posts! You don’t need a preservative if you make only enough to use within 2 weeks. Otherwise, a preservative is a must. There’s nothing special about neodefend except that it’s more natural. Maybe you could google “natural preservatives for skin care”.
      Hope this helps!!

  21. Hi Jenni! I just made a batch of this today for my two daughters and myself. They both wanted cherry/vanilla scented, and I wanted to play with mine. They are thrilled with theirs! This leaves the skin feeling well-cleansed, but also smooth and silky, and it’s so luxurious to use! I found that I did need a second teaspoon of guar gum, and that made it just the right thickness. Hint: I’ve learned that if you mix the guar gum with enough glycerin to make a smooth, slightly-runny paste, it will blend without all those lumps. I think the glycerin also adds a very nice texture. Is there any contraindication to using glycerin with the other ingredients?

    • Laine-Oh good!! About glycerin-I don’t think so. The only thing about glycerin is that it leaves a sticky film if you use too much. You’d know if you used too much.

      • Funny thing, I remember that about glycerin – because my mom used rosewater and glycerin on her face when I was a little girl, and I remember her always feeling sticky! Used for this purpose, though, in this big a batch, it’s not nearly enough to cause that feeling. Thanks again… we all love it!

  22. Hi Jenni – I was just researching NeoDefend and found that it should not be used along with citric acid as this can accelerate the production of benzene, a carcinogen. I noticed that your Lavender Body Wash contains both ingredients and wanted to (respectfully) alert you.
    ” citric acid may accelerate the production of benzene. Therefore, the use of NeoDefend and L-Ascorbic Acid and Citric Acid in the same cosmetic formulations should be avoided.”


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