Homemade Body Wash for Silky Smooth Skin!

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DIY Body WashToday I’m going to share my recipe for a luxurious and decadent Homemade Body Wash!  I have made this recipe for my family for quite a while now.  It’s natural, it cleanses and it moisturizes. Not to mention, it saves $$$$. Making a DIY body wash is fun because you can customize scents with different castile soaps and essential oils. This recipe contains not only raw honey but also jojoba oil which helps to replenish the skin helping it to stay healthy and soft!

Why Make Your Own Body Wash? 

  1. To avoid chemicals.  Body washes are filled with them  
  2. To save money
  3. To clean as well as moisturize dry skin

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”!  Many of these harmful 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!!

Ingredients in Homemade Body Wash:

Castile Soap is highly concentrated soap, like 3x more concentrated then a regular body wash! This is why we use it in recipes like this, so we can dilute it with other nourishing ingredients. Be sure to never use it straight, it can burn! I like to use THIS brand because it is 90% organic, 70% fair trade and contains no preservatives, fragrances or foaming agents. Plus, it comes in lots of different scents! 

Raw Honey is an excellent natural ingredient to use on your skin. It is very hydrating and encourages your skin to retain moisture as well. I wrote a post on cleansing with honey which has turned out to be one of my favorite and easiest ways to gently cleanse your skin. Honey also helps create lather in this homemade body wash. You can also use manuka honey in this recipe especially if you’re using it on your face or experiencing body breakouts. Manuka honey is a powerful (but still gentle) addition to skin care because of it’s medicinal and healing qualities.

Jojoba Oil is an excellent oil for any skin type but you can use whatever nourishing oil you have on hand. Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Hemp Seed Oil are also excellent. I do not recommend using coconut oil or butters because they will solidify and eventually not mix with the soap or honey. 

Essential Oils are optional and dependent on what type of castile soap you use. I typically use lavender castile soap and like to add Geranium Essential Oil because it encourages your skin to slough off dead skin cells, relieves water retention and revs up circulation.

Vitamin E is excellent for the skin and added to many skin care products where anti aging is needed. 

More Homemade Body Care Recipes:

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Shake before each use.  It might separate for a couple of days, after that mine stays mixed. 

All of these ingredients are very rich.  They are so yummy to the skin. It doesn’t take but a couple pumps to be effective. Don’t be fooled by the lack of lather.

Because we’re using all natural ingredients, this cleanser will not suds up.  It does leave your skin feeling very cleansed though. However, you can use it in a foaming soap dispenser but even that will not give you many bubbles. 

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A Word on Castile Soap

Castile soap is very concentrated and can burn delicate areas. I researched many, many DIY body wash recipes and found that the proportions I use are common. However, if you think you might be sensitive, I would reduce the castile soap by half. You can always add more.

I use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap because it is organic and easy to find. My local Walmart and Target carry it. You can get it in a variety of scents 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!

If you are worried about the high pH of castile soap, I think you’ll find this article by Lisa Bronner, the daughter of Dr. Bronner, extremely helpful.

You can also get (very affordable) castile soap at my ingredient shop of choice, Mountain Rose Herbs. You’ll have to add your scents through essential oils because their’s is plain. 

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You do not need a preservative since we are not adding water. Honey can stay good for years – in fact, unspoiled honey has been found in Egyptian tombs. The two other ingredients, castile soap and oil, also have long shelf lives. 

I hope you enjoyed my recipe for a homemade 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! Plus, don’t get in a hurry! Enjoy the process of making better choices for your body! You’re doing a great thing for yourself. 

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

49 thoughts on “Homemade Body Wash for Silky Smooth Skin!”

  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

    1. I understand very well; I’m a grandmother and I see what my sons and their wives have to deal with every day! Thank you for your efforts!

  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. 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?

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

  9. 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:)

    1. 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!

  10. 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?

  11. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!

  12. 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?

    1. 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!!

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  14. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

    2. 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.”

    3. I use an almost identical recipe for a body wash too! It’s great! Just a little tip, if you can’t get makeup brushes clean, squirt a little of this on them! Takes the most stubborn makeup out of my brushes!

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