Making your own all-natural body wash will not only help eliminate your family’s exposure to potentially harmful toxins, it will save you copious amounts of money as well. As an added bonus it can double as shampoo, a light hair conditioner, or even shaving lotion.
Why make your own natural body wash instead of just making bar soap? It is an immensely quicker and far less complicated process… that’s why. I do love making goat’s milk soap, but you can make a year’s worth of all-natural body wash in the time it takes to make just a couple bars of soap.
Commercially manufactured personal care and beauty products are far too often filled with chemical compounds that are far from low-tox, and may be linked to chronic and/or serious health conditions – even cancer.
If you have read the New Life On A Homestead DIY all-natural foaming soap recipe, you are already well aware of the amount of endocrine disruptors that exist in such products, and of the threat they can pose to our health. The same concerns hold true for commercially manufactured body washes.
Thanks to proprietary laws, companies are legally allowed to withhold some vital information about the ingredients we are spraying, lathering, and soaking our bodies in. Long-term exposure to many of the ingredients commonly found in personal care and household cleaning products can lead to a host of different health concerns.
Making your own all-natural body wash takes mere moments. Forget all of those lengthy DIY recipes that once floated around the internet in great abundance. You do not need to combine 20 sometimes hard to find or expensive ingredients to make an effective and natural body wash. My DIY honey body wash recipe require less than five ingredients and costs less than $1 to make.
DIY Honey and Coconut Oil Body Wash Recipe Ingredients
Honey will help heal dry and damaged skin, and will NOT leave a sticky residue on the body when used as an ingredient in this body wash recipe. Honey’s natural healing and antimicrobial properties can help heal cuts and wounds as you wash your body with this DIY recipe. Raw honey works best.
Carrier Oil or Liquid Castile Soap
By pouring your favorite carrier oil into the recipe, the ingredients will gel together more thickly, and the skin will get an extra dose of no-tox moisturizing.
Vitamin E Oil
This natural moisturizer boasts antioxidant properties, and also helps to increase the longevity of the all-natural body wash recipe. During the winter and summer months when the skin gets more dry, I suggest adding in a pinch or two more of vitamin E in the DIY body wash recipe.
You can skip adding essential oils to this all-natural body wash recipe, but I would highly recommend against it, as the oils will add a wonderful scent.
Always consider the age and health needs and possible medication interactions of anyone who will use the all-natural body wash before adding in essential oils.
If an infant will be washed with mixture, skip using essential oils entirely, or consider using just a tiny bit of either lavender or chamomile after discussing the issue with your pediatrician.
Recommended Essential Oils to Use in All-Natural Body Wash Recipes
- Lavender – Good for folks with sensitive skin, psoriasis, acne, and mature skin.
- Chamomile – Superb for users with dermatitis, acne, eczema, and dry skin.
- Geranium – This essential is great for folks with oily skin, dull skin, eczema, acne, and dermatitis.
- Patchouli – If you want to make an all-natural body wash with a unisex scent, try this essential oil. It works great on oily skin and chapped skin.
- Sandalwood – This is another oil that is superb to use when dealing with chapped skin, acne, and dry skin. Sandalwood could work wonders on wrinkles as well.
- Ylang Ylang – If you are struggling with acne, oily skin, or easily irritated skin, consider giving this essential oil a go. It is a lot stronger than most other oils on this list, so adjust the amount used down slightly from the recommendation recipe measurement.
- Sweet Orange – This essential oil has an amazingly sweet scent, and is excellent for use on oily or dull skin.
- Grapefruit – Use grapefruit essential oil if you are frustrated over alleviating oily skin. It also smells really sweet and pleasant.
- Peppermint – This oil has wonderful astringent properties, and leaves the skin feeling ultra refreshed. Speak with your OBGYN before using this particular essential oil, or any essential oil, during pregnancy or while nursing. Peppermint is also a wonderful natural way to help prevent or lessen symptoms often associated with menopause. It has a strong scent, so I recommend reducing the amount recommended in the recipe measurement slightly.
- Tea Tree Oil – This oil does not smell sweet. It kind of reminds me of turpentine, but when blended with more fragrant oils, it is nice. Tea tree oil has often been dubbed “nature’s antibiotic” and is awesome for treating common skin rashes, oily skin, acne, and inflamed skin.
- Rosemary – Like peppermint essential oil, rosemary leaves the body tingly and feeling refreshed. It is great for treating dermatitis, acne, and eczema. It is not recommended for use by pregnant women, folks with high blood pressure, or a person who is epileptic.
- Vanilla – This essential oil smells delicious, and the scent can last all day on your body or your hair. It blends exceptionally well in my DIY all-natural coconut milk body wash recipe.
Learn more about the different kinds of essential oils and how they can improve your skin here.
Honey and Coconut Oil Body Wash Recipe
- ¼ cup honey raw recommended
- ⅔ cup coconut oil, liquid castile soap, or grapeseed oil
- 2 teaspoons sweet almond, canola oil, olive oil, or sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- up to 50 drops essential oils optional but highly recommended
- Measure out all of the ingredients except the essential oils, and add them to a squirt bottle or other type of container that can be easily used to dispense a thick liquid.
- Put the lid on the container and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds to combine.
- Remove the lid and add in your chosen essential oils.
- Replace the lid and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds again after securing it firmly into place.
This body was should remain shelf stable for about 12 months. The honey and coconut will thicken when exposed to cold temperatures, and may need to be placed near a heat source or to be warmed briefly during the winter months.