Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash

Ever since I saw my friend Vanessa’s homemade body wash on her blog, I knew I wanted to try it! I really love homemade beauty products because you know exactly what goes into them, and usually they’re a lot cheaper to make yourself. And this one is no exception! I finally made a batch of this homemade body wash, and it is awesome, and way less expensive than buying body wash from the store!

Make your own homemade moisturizing body wash for pennies!

Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash

I also decided to add a few essential oils to give it a nice scent. Here’s what I used: (affiliate links below)

I used the tea tree Dr. Bronner’s soap because tea tree oil can help moisturize dry skin, plus I like the scent. But feel free to choose whatever scent you want! Just be careful of scents like peppermint; the tingling might be too strong on sensitive parts of your body!

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I followed Vanessa’s homemade body wash recipe exactly, so check out her post for directions. The only change I made was between steps 2 and 3 I added five drops each of Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils. I chose Grapefruit because I love the smell, and Lavender because it’s great for moisturizing dry skin.

And it turned out amazing!

It thickened up nicely after letting it set for 24 hours. If you notice your body wash start to separate out during the 24 hours, gently turn the bottle over to mix it and then let it sit again.

Make your own homemade moisturizing body wash for pennies!

The whole batch of body wash took less than twenty minutes to make (besides the 24 hours it took to solidify slightly), and it only cost me about $12 for the bar soap and the glycerin. The batch yielded 12 cups of body wash, so at $1 per 8oz, this homemade body wash is way less expensive than buying it at the store!

This project was part of a collaboration with a bunch of other awesome bloggers; we all decided to recreate one of the most popular projects from another blogger’s blog! If you want to see 7 more awesome projects, check out the links below!

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Homemade Body Wash

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What oils would you use in your body wash?

I used Young Living’s lavender essential oil, which is probably my favorite of all the ones they make; it’s so versatile! It’s great for helping you relax (I’m definitely making some lavender bath salts next!), and it helps heal chapped, dry skin, minor burns, and itchy bug bites, so I knew it would be great in this body wash!

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, just let me know or join our Facebook group! I’d be happy to get you more info or get you a sample to try out!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Robyn Swierszcz says

    8 years ago

    If I were to use liquid castile soap, what would the measurements look like?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      8 years ago

      Hmm, good question! I don’t know, but I imagine you can just try thinning out the liquid soap a bit with water, but maybe not as much water as the original recipe calls for!

  2. Rachel Rockwell says

    10 years ago

    I need to make this asap! My dry skin is so sensitive and I know I need a better option that the store bought versions. Pinning!

  3. Jacque says

    10 years ago

    Fun! This reminds me it’s almost time to make more laundry soap. Im going to make some of this at the same time!

  4. Laura Beth says

    10 years ago

    I have never thought about making my own bath soap, but now I am intrigued! Love how you added the essential oils!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      10 years ago

      It turned out really well! I’m so thrilled with how easy it was to make, and inexpensive too!

  5. Krista says

    10 years ago

    How did you grate the soap bar? Would a food processor work or is the soap too hard?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      10 years ago

      I just used the grater blade on my mandoline this time around, but in the past I’ve used a hand cheese grater, a cheese grater block, and the grating attachment on my food processor; they all work great! The soap is definitely not too hard for the food processor, and if you don’t want to grate it by hand, that’s a great option!

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