I admit that I’m one of those people. I really like smell-good body wash, but I change my mind a lot. So I end up with 719 bottles of body wash that are half empty because I just got bored and moved on to another scent. Then when I started making my own body wash I cured myself by making small batches in different scents. I can make four Essential Oil Body Wash recipes in less than 10 minutes!
This Body Wash is so easy to make in small batches and contains just a few ingredients.
These are my favorite 2-ounce squeeze bottles that are perfect for this recipe.
The key is in the cleansing base. We use Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base. It’s got a substantial feel (read: it’s not goopy or watery) without any odor. It rinses clean and leaves my skin feeling fresh.
Another fantastic base is this unscented, organic shikakai soap and Castile soap blend. This hand and body soap is gentle and appropriate for all skin types. Try the recipe both ways and let us know which one you prefer!
I always add extra nourishing ingredients to my body wash. It helps me keep my skin healthy and beautiful. I do this with a moisturizing carrier oil (like Jojoba oil) and the antioxidant powerhouse of vitamin E oil. These pair up in so many of our recipes because they’re packed with powerful, nourishing benefits.
You’ll want to note that none of these body wash bases will lather very much. You don’t need bubbles to get clean. I know it takes a little getting used to, but after a while you won’t even think about the lather being a factor.
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Refreshing Body Wash Recipe
- 3 1/2 tablespoons Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base (or Dr. Bronner’s Shikakai Body Soap)
- 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1 drop Rosemary Essential Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 2-ounce amber bottle
- Place all the ingredients into your amber bottle.
- Swirl to combine.
- To use: Dispense a dime-sized amount onto a loofah or washcloth and bathe and rinse as usual. Keep out of eyes.
- Store out of direct sunlight for up to 6 months.
Here are my other favorite scent combinations. Just use the same recipe above and substitute the essential oils below:
Sensual Citrus Body Wash
- 2 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
- 1 drop Jasmine Essential Oil
Amber Spice Body Wash
- 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 1 drop Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil
Walk in the Garden Body Wash
- 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 drop Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 1 drop Geranium Essential Oil
This recipe is included in our eBook, Essential Oil Recipes for Healthy Hair & Skin, along with more than 60 other tried & true recipes that we’ve created, tested, and personally use. Click HERE to see more information and purchase your digital copy today!
You might also enjoy these essential oil beauty recipes:
- Foaming Hand Soap
- Nourishing Cuticle & Nail Oil
- Moisture Rich Lotion Bar
- Moisturizing After Shower Body Oil
- Peaceful Bath with Lavender
Do I need to add any preservatives to it if I want to sell them?
Beth K says
I’m not sure what it would take to sell these. I’m sure that the requirements for boutique homemade bath products is regulated in every area differently. I’d check with your local FDA office to see about the guidelines there.
What do you recommend for an after shower body spray.
Valerie – you might enjoy this recipe: http://www.recipeswithessentialoils.com/moisturizing-after-shower-body-oil/ It’s not a spray, but it’s an oil. Feel free to adapt to a spray, if desired.
I made one body wash, but it did not fill up the 2 oz. bottle. Did I do something wrong or not add enough of something?
Beth K says
Well the tablespoons and teaspoons add up to just less than 2 ounces (4 tablespoons). I’d just add more Shikakai Body Soap to fill the bottle.
Nancy Hilleren says
Can you make this in a foaming pump for body wash? Would you need about 10-15 drops of EO to give it a decent scent?
Beth K says
That sounds like a great idea! Let us know how that works for you.
What other oil can I use instead of jojoba oil for the shower gel?
Recipes With Essential Oils says
You could certainly substitute jojoba oil with another carrier oil such as grapeseed or rosehip. Enjoy!
Does anyone use this on a loofah or washcloth?
Diana M says
Hi Rebekka! Yes, you can add this body wash to a loofah or washcloth with great results.
Colleen M says
Hello! I love your recipe ideas. I wanted to make a lavender mint body wash to mimic the scent of the Lavender Mint Young Living shampoo and conditioner. Any thoughts of how many drops of each? Also, I have peppermint and spearmint. Which would you recommend? Thanks! ❤️
Diana M says
That sounds amazing! I would follow this recipe, but try it with 2 drops lavender and 1 drop spearmint.
What would I use if I don’t have the YL base??? Can I use Castile Soap? I live overseas and don’t have access to the YL base easily…
Diana M says
Hi Susy! Yes, you can use this sugar soap or unscented Castile soap in this recipe. Enjoy 🙂
Amazing, thanks for many information! I have little girl but am to affraid using shampoo and body wash on the market! Sometimes her skin being too dry , I have ideas to make her own body wash and shampoo.