You might have been told that a body soap might not be enough for your skin as soaps can be drying and acne-causing. You have probably never tried to make your own DIY body washes and body soaps, as most people don’t. If you happen to be plagued with pesky body issues—read on and be enlightened. We have identified five DIY body washes and body soaps that deserve a special place in your shower and will change how you feel about DIY beauty. They’re not only a fantastic way to ‘clean’ and ‘green’ your shower routine, but they are also easy to whip up in minutes with ingredients that are readily available in your kitchen cabinets! The natural body washes are recommended for both men and women.
The Benefits of Natural Body Wash and Body Soaps
For some of us, shelling out money on trending body washes and soaps is a guilty pleasure. Oh, how can we forget about coming upon a steal of a deal? While you might partake on the joys of fleeting beauty trends, you might not take into account the questionable ingredients you’re unknowingly exposing yourself into.
The skin ‘drinks’ up the products applied onto it as its outer layer naturally absorbs permeable substances. Later on, these harmful ingredients might accumulate, which might lead to unavoidable health problems.
Natural is Better
Natural products don’t involve cheap and synthetic ingredients (dyes, preservatives, artificial fragrances—you get it) which might have adverse effects on your skin. They are generally better and safer for your body, not to mention for your overall health and wellness.
While natural products may take considerable time to target skin problems, their healing results are far superior to lab-created chemicals. Natural products are enriched with organically-sourced nutrients and antioxidants to banish free radicals and skin issues like acne, redness, dryness, and other skin problems without potentially exacerbating these problems further.
Safer for the Environment
Green practices are responsible and sustainable, not only for you but for the entire planet. As citizens, we should be ecologically mindful of potentially damaging products and activities. The harmful chemicals from cosmetics and toiletries are washed down the drains or dumped in landfills, contaminating water, air, land and even animals in their native habitat. Natural products involve safe production and manufacturing techniques that curtail the release of hazardous waste in the environment, as well as non-invasive testing methods that don’t involve animal cruelty.
Homemade Body Wash for Dry Skin
Dry skin ages quicker than other skin types. Inadequate hydration is the main culprit behind the loss of skin elasticity and tone. This DIY body wash quenches dull, dehydrated skin while luxuriously pampering your body. Try this now, or you’ll be missing out a delightful treat your skin will surely love!
- Coconut oil 1/4 cup
- Liquid Castile soap 1/2 cup
- Raw honey 1/4 cup
- Vitamin E 1 tsp
- Sweet orange essential oil 10 drops
- Grapefruit or Lemon essential oil 10 drops
- Eucalyptus essential oil 15 drops
- Melt the coconut oil in room temperature. To speed up this process, you may heat the oil over medium heat for 30 seconds.
- Mix in Vitamin E, raw honey, and essentials oils and whisk them together.
- Stir gently as you take your time to add Castile soap to prevent suds.
- Transfer the mixture to a glass bottle with a dispenser. Shake well before use.
Homemade Body Wash for Sensitive Skin
- Shea Butter 1/2 cup
- Almond Oil 1/2 cup
- Rose Essential Oil 10 drops
- Liquid Castile Soap 1 cup
- Heat the shea butter and mix in almond oil.
- Add the liquid castile soap slowly to avoid suds and mix in the rose essential oil.
- Give it a light-handed swirl and transfer to a bottle with a dispenser.
- Shake well before use.
Homemade Body Wash Without Castile Soap
Not everyone is a fan of Castile soap. We have included a recipe that does not use Castile soap while keeping the cleansing benefits of non-organic, sudsy body washes. It’s a basic homemade body wash—something you and your family will be pleased to use. This DIY body wash has a naturally invigorating scent and helps with the prevention of body acne.
- African black soap 1/4 cup
- Glycerin 1 Tbsp
- Distilled water 1/2 cup
- Vitamin E oil 1 tsp
- Guar Gum 1/2 tsp
- Tea tree oil 5 drops
- Lavender oil 5 drops
- Boil the distilled water and add the soap. If the soap is in solid form, grate the soap block first before adding it into the boiling water. Allow the soap to melt into the water.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Take a dispenser bottle and transfer the resulting mixture.
- Shake well before use.
Homemade Body Soap for Oily Skin
This delightful DIY soap can be used on your scalp, face, and body—helping unclog pores and remove unnecessary oils without stripping off your skin’s natural oil barrier.
- An opaque melt and pour soap base 454 grams (1 pound)
- Sunflower or Avocado oil 1 Tbsp
- Shea butter (melted) 1 Tsp
- Beeswax (grated or chips) 1 Tsp
- Add oil, beeswax, and shea butter into a microwave-safe bowl and heat until the ingredients melt. Use the double-boiler technique if you prefer this method.
- Melt the opaque soap base in a double-boiler.
- Add the melted oil, shea butter, and beeswax to the melted soap base. Gently stir and mix the ingredients together.
- Pour the resulting mixture into a mould and spray rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles. Let the soap cool and harden before use.
Homemade Exfoliating Body Soap for Glowing Skin
This homemade exfoliating body soap is ideal for flaky and dull skin. We also pride this body soap for use as a daily facial soap as it gently sloughs off dead skin cells without being harshly abrasive. It nourishes the rough skin on the hands and feet while replenishing the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s a perfect present on Mother’s Day, or for any special occasion!
- Goat’s milk soap base 454 grams (1 pound)
- Pink Himalayan salt 1/4 cup
- Grapefruit essential oil 20 drops
- Silicone soap mould
- Soap stamp
- Melt the soap base in the microwave while gently stirring every 30 seconds. You may opt for the double-boiler process.
- Place the stamp in the mould, with the right side up.
- Take the melted soap base from heat and stir in the essential oil.
- Sprinkle and mix in the pink Himalayan salt while the soap base is still hot.
- Quickly transfer the resulting mixture into the mould.
- Let the soap harden for two hours before taking out of the mould.
Homemade Glycerin Body Soap for Creativity
This homemade glycerin body soap feels ten times more luxurious, gentler, creamier, and nourishing than its chemically-infused counterparts. We recommend this easy soap recipe to bring out your innate creativity. The body soap makes for an awesome, personalized gift, and making it is a fun, productive way to spend the holidays!
- Herbs: dried flowers/leaves, eucalyptus, hibiscus, juniper berries, rosemary or dried citrus peels.
- Glycerin melt and pour soap base (available from craft stores).
- Essentials oils (of your choice or eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon and orange.)
- Silicon moulds, cups or trays (various sizes).
- Follow package directions to melt the soap base, or follow the instructions in the soap recipes above. Chopping the base into cubes renders it easier to melt.
- Add drops of essential oils (approx. five drops per ounce of soap used).
- Mix gently to avoid bubbles! Tap the jar or container carefully on the countertop to release any trapped bubbles.
- Place the herbs into the mould and pour in the soap base.
- Let it cool for an hour or so, if necessary. Squeeze the hardened soap out of the mould. Store the soap in an airtight jar or wrap it creatively as a giftable item!
Making your own DIY body wash and body soaps are the best way to ensure that what you use on your skin is made from all-natural ingredients. However, keep in mind that these DIY body washes and body soaps have a recommended shelf life of six months to one year.