Can I just say I have never . . .
Had more fun testing a recipe for you?
I mean, I’m a mom, so showers are optional a lot of the time. But when I tested this recipe, I convinced myself that it was my JOB to shower.
It was one I took seriously, especially after one too many recent mishaps with my favorite shampoo bar and my tried-and-true coconut oil body bar. You see, they look identical, which is fine if you mix them up and shave your legs with the shampoo bar. But grabbing the body bar by mistake and washing your hair? Yeah, that doesn’t end well.
The solution? This simple homemade body wash recipe – it creates a rich, bubbly lather, moisturizes while cleansing, and most importantly, can’t be confused with a shampoo bar. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients, shall we?
Liquid Castile Soap
Made from pure olive, coconut and/or hemp oil, castile soap is incredibly gentle – many with sensitive skin use it exclusively. I prefer this brand.
Contrary to what you might expect, honey adds moisture and lather without being at all sticky. It’s equally loved by all skin types for its infusion of nutrients: Vitamins B, C, E & K, beta-carotene, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese. In this recipe it also thickens the mixture and promotes lather.
Soap can be drying, so it’s important to add a natural moisturizer such as olive, avocado, or almond oil to this recipe to replenish skin’s moisture.
Homemade Body Wash Recipe
- 1/3 cup castile soap (where to buy castile soap)
- 1/3 cup honey, preferably raw (where to buy honey)
- 1/3 cup olive, jojoba, refined avocado, or almond oil (where to buy olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and almond oil)
- 30-60 drops essential oil, optional. I usually don’t add anything because the body wash already has a light, honey scent. However, if I do it’s something kid-friendly, like sweet orange, vanilla, lavender, this sweet dreams blend, or this nighty night blend.
Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour into a squeeze-top or pump-top container.
Shake well before using. Add body wash to a soft natural sponge or loofah sponge and use like you would any body wash.
Up to one year.