I recently did a post on how to make your own homemade natural soap bars as a way to clean your body using non-toxic, natural ingredients, but then it suddenly occurred to me that for some people, using soap bars can dry out their skin. So, as another natural alternative for cleaning your body, I thought I’d share a recipe for a homemade natural body wash instead that leaves you feeling clean, fresh and smelling AMAZING, plus, it moisturises your skin at the same time!
What’s more, this liquid body wash takes far less time to make than it does to make a batch of homemade bar soap.
This homemade body wash is gentle enough to use on your face, and can also be used as a shaving soap too. So it’s a 3 in 1 – a facial cleanser, body wash, and shaving foam. It’s a great way to minimise the amount of toiletries you need in your bathroom.
Natural Body Wash Recipe
This body wash contains several natural skin care ingredients:
- Raw honey: I’ve posted before about how great honey is for wound healing, but it’s also great for helping to soften skin, is a natural antibacterial, helps your skin retain moisture and elasticity without drying it out, and is also very soothing. Local, raw honey is best (just ensure the honey was harvested by proper beekeepers who do not sacrifice the health of their bees for the honey) or you can use an organic raw honey (like this one) if you can’t source any locally. If you’re vegan you can exclude this ingredient from the recipe if you like, however the consistency will be slightly different.
- Liquid castile soap: This provides the cleansing ability without the addition of any chemical foaming agents. I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild one so that I can customise the scent with essential oils of my choosing, but any scent of organic liquid castile soap will work too.
- Natural oils: Including an oil will help to moisturise your skin at the same time as giving it a clean. Jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond, castor, or olive oil work well.
- Essential oils: Adding essential oils to the recipe gives the body wash a natural fragrance while at the same time, some of them can also add benefits like healing, soothing, disinfecting, repairing, or deodorising skin.
Notes: Since this recipe doesn’t contain water and all the ingredients included are shelf stable, the soap can last quite a while. However, I still make it in small batches as it allows me to customise the scent of the body wash to my ever-changing preferences.
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 3 tbsp liquid castile soap
- 2 tbsp oils (I used 1 tbsp each of jojoba and olive oil)
- 10 drops of essential oil of choice (or more for your preferences)
- Carefully mix together all the ingredients by hand with a spoon in a glass liquid measuring cup. Do not use a whisk, mixer, or blender as this will create bubbles and make it VERY difficult (almost impossible) to get into a container (it’ll be like a bubble explosion in your kitchen).
- Pour mixture into a (preferably glass) container and use in the shower as a body wash. You can pour body wash onto a natural sea sponge or natural loofah for easy use. This recipe will last for several months at room temperature.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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Jabs, Betsy. A Natural and Moisturizing Homemade Body Wash. DIY Natural. Retrieved from https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-body-wash/
Wells, Katie. (January 9, 2019). Homemade Natural Body Wash. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/23862/homemade-body-wash/