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5 DIY Homemade Body Wash Recipes

So many people are interested in making their own body wash, and it is a lot easier than you may think. Here are sharing DIY homemade body wash recipes that you can try at home. You might have heard that body soap is not very good for your skin and can dry out your skin or cause acne. This is true, since commercial soaps strip your skin from its natural oils.

But I bet you have not tried making your own natural body wash before. If you happen to have sensitive skin or struggle with dry skin and other skin issues, why not give some of these DIY body wash recipes a try, to see if they work for you? These recipes are not only green, but they can be made within minutes with ingredients that are easy to come by. Some of them you might already have at home. One of the best things about making your own body wash, is that you know precisely what is going into it and what you are exposing your skin to

You will notice that most of these recipes contain coconut oil. Coconut oil cleans and hydrates skin, plus it can be used as a carrier oil.

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DIY Homemade Body Wash Recipes

5 DIY Homemade Body Wash Recipes

Homemade Body Wash With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an excellent ingredient for natural body wash because it penetrates deeper into the skin than your average products because of the way it bonds with proteins and its low molecular weight. Bear in mind that this body wash does not lather like the products you buy from grocery shelves. To thicken the body wash, you can add some sea salt or vegetable glycerine. 



  • Melt a quarter cup of virgin coconut oil by indirectly heating it.
  • Add one cup of raw honey, one teaspoon of vitamin E, and 10-15 drops of coconut cream fragrance (or any other fragrant oil of your choosing) to the coconut oil.
  • Stir well and gradually add half a cup of the liquid castile soap while stirring gently.
  • Add the mixture to a plastic or glass container with a squirt top.
  • Shake it well before every use.

Essential Oil Body Wash

Homemade body wash recipes contain ingredients that are natural and moisturizing and these body washes are super easy to make. DIY homemade body wash is gentle to use on your face and some of them, like this one, make excellent shaving soaps too. Not enough hydration is the primary reason for aging skin due to loss of skin tone and elasticity. The following DIY homemade body wash is excellent for quenching dehydrated, dull skin while giving your body some much-needed pampering.



  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Add to a glass or plastic container with a squirt top. Because this body wash does not contain any water, it can last up to a year. If the honey is really thick, you can warm it a bit before you mix it with the other ingredients. This will help to combine everything thoroughly.

Liquid Soap

DIY Body Wash With Castile Soap

This homemade natural body wash recipe is an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin. 



  • Add all the ingredients to a dispenser with a squirt top and shake the container lightly to blend all the ingredients.
  • It is now ready to use. 

Homemade Body Wash Without Castile Soap

Even though castile oil is a natural cleanser for hair and skin, some people prefer making their own body wash without using castile soap.



  • Grate the Dove soap and melt it using a quarter portion of filtered water.
  • Add the essential oil and coconut oil to the mixture and stir well, using a fork.
  • Pour the mixture into a container with a squirt top and store at room temperature.

DIY body wash

Homemade Body Wash Made From Bar of Soap

This homemade body wash recipe is so easy to make, and you only need three ingredients.


  • 1 x Bar of Dove soap
  • 3 x Cups of water
  • 1 x Cup of coconut oil
  • Essential oil of your choice (optional) 


  • Grate the Dove bar soap.
  • Add the bar soap and water to a pot on medium heat.
  • Keep stirring until you notice the soap has dissolved completely. Don’t let the mixture burn.
  • Remove from the stove and add the coconut oil and a few drops of the essential oil to the mixture.
  • Blend well and add it to a container with a squirt top.

How To Thicken Homemade Body Wash

Castile soap is a fantastic ingredient to use, particularly for DIY homemade body wash recipes. However, even though it is quite concentrated, it is not very thick, and it can be on the runny side once you dilute it. Luckily, there are a few methods that you can use for diluting castile soap.

When Using Castile soap as is (Not Diluted)

You can use castile oil as is without diluting it with water, however keep in mind that it is quite concentrated. You can use two ways for thickening it:

  • Essential Oils – Certain essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus will automatically thicken the solution. Some essential oils, for instance, citrus blends, will do the opposite and dilute the mixture. Test a few oils to see which ones work best.
  • Saline Solution – by adding plain old iodised table salt, you can thicken castile soap naturally. You only need a small amount. So, add a tiny amount and see what happens. Also keep in mind that it will thicken the body wash over time, so stop adding saline just before you get to the consistency you’re after.

How to Thicken Castile Soap When Water Was Added to Dilute it

Water is typically added to castile soap to dilute it. To thicken the mixture, you can use xanthan gum which is a natural thickening substance that is also used for gluten-free cooking. You only require a very small amount, however, it can be tricky to blend it without your mixture becoming clumpy. A good tip that really works is to add organic vegetable glycerine to the xanthan gum to emulsify before adding it to your body wash.

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