15 Body Wash Recipes You Can Easily Make At Home
Getting clear and smooth skin shouldn’t end with facial cleansers and scrubs. If you want to look and feel your best, you also have to invest in a great body wash.
Unfortunately, with newer formulas and more delicate ingredients, body washes can get pretty expensive. Not to mention dangerous, too.
A lot of body washes today, particularly those that are chemical based, contain harsh ingredients that can strip the skin off of its natural oils- instead of nourishing and hydrating it. This, in effect, can leave you with irritated, dry, flaky and itchy skin.
If these things make you cringe, then take a peek at this list of homemade body washes you can easily make right at the comfort of your own home.
1. Olive Oil Body Wash
Olive oil possesses tons of properties that can benefit the skin. For one, it contains a huge amount of vitamin E, A, D and K which are all great in preventing and protecting the skin against free radical damage.
And not just that.
Olive oil won’t clog your pores, too. If you have acne-prone skin, using this natural body wash can provide you with deep cleansing that won’t trigger breakouts.
It’s a natural moisturizer that can hydrate and moisturize your skin.
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup Liquid castile soap
- ¼ cup Raw honey
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E
- 10 drops eucalyptus or lemon essential oil
- Melt the coconut oil in a microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Once melted, carefully mix in the vitamin E, honey and essential oil.
- While slowly stirring the mixture, pour the liquid castile soap slowly. This is to avoid suds formation.
- Transfer the solution to your preferred glass or bottle.
- Make sure to shake the container before use.
2. Black Soap Body Wash
If you have dark spots and skin issues you want to solve, African black soap might be your best solution. This type of soap is gentle and is considered as a natural alternative to harsh cleansers.
Most black soaps come in bar form and if this doesn’t appeal to you, there’s a way you can turn those solid soaps into something luxurious for your skin.
Here are the things you’ll need:
- 6 oz castor oil
- 8 oz safflower oil
- 10 oz olive oil
- 8 oz avocado oil
- 10 oz coconut oil
- 27 oz water (for paste)
- 80 oz water (for dilution)
- 2 oz black soap
- 9.11 oz potassium hydroxide
- First thing you need to do is to turn the potassium hydroxide and water into a solution. It’s normal for the two to create a sizzling effect, so don’t feel surprised.
- In a separate crockpot, place the black soap along with the other oils. Heat it until everything turns smooth.
- Mix the first solution you created into the mix and blend everything until it turns thick.
- In case the mixture separates, just mix it again.
- You’ll know it’s ready if it passes the clarity test.
- Once you achieved the right clarity, get the 80 oz of water and proceed with dilution. If it isn’t enough, you can add another 20 oz.
- Strain the mixture before you transfer it to your container. This is to ensure that there’s no black soap residue left.
To do that, get a glass of hot water. Scoop out a small amount of soap and drop it into the glass.If it doesn’t get clear, continue cooking.
3. Peppermint Tea Tree Body Wash
Peppermint and tea tree oil are two things you’ll need if you’re dealing with acne. These two naturally have antibacterial properties, which means they have the potential to kill acne-causing microorganisms.
Apart from that, peppermint can also soothe irritated skin and rejuvenate the way your dull skin looks. So, if you are ready to indulge in this refreshing body wash, just scroll down.
- 25 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
- 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 1 ½ cup of unscented liquid castile soap
- 2 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
- Optional: soap colorant
- Pour the castile soap in a large bowl and add the grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, vegetable glycerin and vitamin E oil.
- Take note that whisking these ingredients can make the mixture turn foamy. Just continue stirring until everything is completely blended.
- Once you achieved that, you can add the other essential oils as well as the colorant.
- Let the mixture cool down before transferring it to a mason jar or your container of choice. This one is actually nice since it comes with a pump.
4. Rosemary Body Wash
Rosemary is more than just a pleasant aroma and taste. It offers tons of benefits, like improved memory, mood and immune system. It can also bring relief, particularly when applied topically.
It has potent anti-aging properties and is great in relieving stress, too. Because of these benefits, why not indulge in a body wash infused with rosemary?
Here’s how to do that:
- 2 cups liquid castile soap
- 1 cup rosemary tea
- 30 drops of lavender essential oil
- To start, you’ll need to make a really strong rosemary tea. Steep 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary in a cup of boiling water.
- Pour the lavender oil into the tea.
- Add in the liquid castile soap and mix everything together.
- Transfer the soap into a container.
If you are using fresh rosemary, use 2 tablespoons.
5. Neem Body Wash
Neem is one of those ingredients that’s great in controlling acne. It’s also helpful in getting rid of those nasty blackheads as well as any pigmentations on the skin.
If these things are exactly your concern, it’s time to make your own neem body wash at home. And, trust us, it’s pretty easy to do!
The neem ingredient in this body wash can help prevent and fight off bacteria that can cause not just acne, but body odor, too. You can also find shea butter in this recipe which can provide your skin with long-lasting moisture.
And since it has lavender oil, you indulge in this body wash before hitting your bed. Lavender has a calming effect to help you sleep better at night.
- 6 cups distilled water
- 10 drops neem leaf extract
- ½ shea butter soap
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 15 drops lavender oil
- Start by grating the butter soap. To get a finer powder, you can use a blender, but be sure to chop it off into pieces first.
- Get a large pot and fill it with the water. Place over medium heat, add in the soap and wait to boil.
- Once the soap has melted, you can add in the clay. Mix it until you get a paste-like consistency.
- Carefully transfer the mixture into your choice of containers. Be sure to shake them from time to time to prevent separation.
- You can add the extract once the mixture has cooled down.
6. Sea Salt Body Wash
For a body wash that can also provide mild exfoliation, you should definitely try this one out.
Sea salt can help get rid of your dead skin cells through physical exfoliation. And not just that.
This ingredient can also halt your skin breakouts by deeply cleansing your pores, regulating your skin’s oil production and fight acne-causing bacteria.
One caveat, though.When using this body wash, make sure you don’t get too much sea salt on your hair. Else, your hair will get really dry and dehydrated.
- 1 cup sea salt
- Few drops of essential oil
- ¼ cup jojoba oil
- ½ cup castile soap
- Mix all the ingredients and transfer to a squeeze top bottle.
7. Citrus Body Wash
If you love hitting the gym or you just want something fresh to awaken your senses in the morning, this homemade recipe is a great choice for you. Apart from the refreshing scent, you can also add some vitamin E on your skin for extra nourishment and hydration.
It has great anti-aging properties, too.
- 8 ounce of liquid castile soap (Try this)
- 40 drops orange essential oil
- 40 drops grapeseed essential oil
- 3 droppers of vitamin E oil
- Get a glass measuring container, like this one. Plastic containers can react with the citrus ingredients so it’s best to use a glass one.
- Pour the liquid soap into the container and add the essential oils.
- Mix everything gently before transferring to a glass container.
8. Body Wash Without Castile Soap
Castile soap can do what your commercially available soaps can do. However, unlike those soaps, castile soap can remove dirt and cleanse your skin without stripping it off of its natural oils.
But, what if you don’t have any castile soap at home?
Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered.
Castile soap gives your DIY body wash recipes the ability to form a lather. So, as a substitute, we looked for an ingredient that can do the same thing- lather and cleanse your skin without drying it out.
- 12 drops of geranium oil
- 6 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 Dove bar soap
Be sure you also have these available:
- Squeeze bottles (Get it here)
- Cheese grater
- A large bowl
- A large stainless steel pot
- Grate the bar soap into the large bowl.
- Add the water in the separate stainless steel pot and place the bowl over medium heat. Wait for the water to simmer.
- Once it does, you can add the grated soap, coconut oil and essential oil. Gently stir everything using a wooden spoon.
- If there are no more solid particles in the pot, you can take it off of the stove and wait for it to cool down.
- Transfer the melted soap into a squeeze bottle.
9. Honey Body Wash
For dry skin that’s irritated and dry, using honey for your skin can help a lot. Why?
Well, to start with, honey has great nourishing properties. Apart from that, it also has the ability to kill off bacteria.
That’s thanks to its ability to produce hydrogen peroxide.
So, how exactly can you use honey for your skin? With just the following ingredients, you’ll be able to soak your skin with the goodness of honey in a body wash.
Take note that there’s also vitamin E in this recipe. It has potent antioxidant properties to help slow down the signs of skin aging.
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 50 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
- ⅔ cup liquid castile soap
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- Get every ingredient inside a soap dispenser bottle, like this one.
- Gently shake the bottle to mix all ingredients.
10. Aloe Vera Body Wash
When it comes to taking care of your skin, it’s not enough that you just cleanse it. To make sure your skin stays soft, smooth and radiant, you have to nourish and moisturize it.
Aloe vera is one of the best ingredients for that. It’s gentle so it’s able to cleanse your skin without triggering any negative reactions.
Plus, it’s soothing and calming, too. It’ll fit those who have sensitive skin and those dealing with acne, irritations and rashes.
For this specific recipe, you’ll need the following:
- ¼ cup aloe vera gel
- ¾ cup liquid castile soap
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- Optional: Your choice of essential oil (about 25 drops)
- Add the aloe vera gel to your soap base.
- Add in your essential oil and vitamin E oil.
- Transfer the mixture to your container of choice.
11. Orange Honey Body Wash
This recipe can give you more than just a hint of freshness. It’s infused with vitamin E and olive oil which are both known to have nourishing properties.
Vitamin E also has antioxidant benefits to protect your skin against oxidative damage. It can help protect your skin against the harmful effects of pollution, dirt and the sun.
To create this recipe, here are the things you’ll need:
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup liquid castile oil (This is a great brand)
- 50 drops of essential oil (sweet orange oil)
- 2 tablespoons of vitamin E oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Just mix all the ingredients in your container of choice. Easy!
12. 4-Ingredient Body Wash
Need something that’s quick to make? This recipe is surely what you are looking for.
With just 4 ingredients, you can create a body wash that’s inexpensive and safe to use. Add another ingredient and you’ll boost its nourishing properties.
- Castile soap
- 2 tablespoons glycerin
- 5 to 10 drops of your choice of essential oil
- Get a foaming pump, like this one.
- Fill ¼ of the bottle with liquid castile soap. Fill the remaining ¾ with water.
- Add in the glycerin.
- Put 5 to 10 drops of your essential oil.
- Optional: Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil.
13. Oatmeal-Infused Body Wash
The oatmeal in this body wash is something your skin will surely look forward to, especially if you’re dealing with irritated skin. This ingredient has a soothing effect that can calm almost all skin issues- from rashes, itching and sunburn.
This recipe also has rosemary which means you’ll also get to enjoy its calming scent. You can indulge in this body wash before bedtime.
- 1 tablespoon organic steel cut oats
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon citric acid
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 ½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Unscented Baby Mild Liquid Soap
- 1 teaspoon guar gum
- 30 drops of your essential oil
- Boil the water in a kettle. Add in the oats and rosemary.
- Let them sit for an hour before straining the water to remove the solid particles.
- Take a separate bowl and mix together the citric acid, honey, oil and the infusion.
- Sprinkle the guar gum and give it another good whisk.
- Quickly add in the castile soap until you get a smooth mixture.
- Add the essential oil and mix using a spatula.
- The mixture is best stored in an opaque bottle or something like this one.
14. Lavender Body Wash
Lavender, on its own, can already offer you a handful of benefits. It has this relaxing aroma that can calm your mind and relieve you of your stress.
This recipe, however, can give you more than just that.
It comes with avocado oil that can help moisturize the skin. It has oatmeal, too, which can soothe irritation and itch.
You can also find vitamin E in this recipe. It’s a great ingredient for skin repair.
- 3 cups of water
- ¼ cup castile soap
- 2 teaspoons avocado oil
- ¼ cup rolled oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
- Get the water to a boil and transfer it to a separate glass bowl.
- Add the oatmeal and let it sit for awhile.
- Strain the oatmeal, taking only the liquid part.
- Add the castile soap and all the oils in a separate bowl.
- Now, take a container and fill ⅕ of it with the soap mixture. Fill ⅘ of it with the oatmeal water.
15. Foaming Body Wash
If you like really thick and nice lather, then this recipe is exactly for you!
This one only takes a few ingredients to make. And the best part?
You can actually customize it to fit your preference.You can choose any scent you like.
If you prefer a calming body wash, go with lavender oil. For a refreshing feel, you can choose lemon or orange oil!
- ⅓ cup witch hazel
- 2 tablespoons castile soap
- 2 tablespoon almond oil
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 15 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Mix all the ingredients in a clean bowl using a kitchen whisk.
- If you want some color, you can add a few drops of your choice of soap colorant.
- Once you’ve mixed everything well, you can transfer the soap to a liquid soap dispenser, such as this one.