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Homemade Moisturizing Body Wash Recipe

How to make all-natural body wash at home with a few simple ingredients.

This pure and natural moisturizing body wash is gentle on the skin and free of harsh chemicals and additives.

Today at Lia Rose Simply Home I’m excited to share my homemade body wash recipe. This body wash recipe comes together quickly with a few all-natural ingredients that clean and nourish the skin.

The shea butter in this recipe gives this homemade body wash a soft, luxurious, and creamy lather. If you're looking for a natural body wash that moisturizes your skin this is for you. Since there are no additives or chemicals in this homemade body wash it is safe for babies and people with sensitive skin.

Making homemade skin care products is not an exact science. You will have to shake the body wash before each use and the shea butter may solidify a little. If that happens, place the bottle under the warm water from the shower for a few seconds. To me, it’s no big deal and well worth a small amount of effort to avoid harsh chemicals and use a nourishing, moisturizing body wash that saves money and saves on waste. I've never had an issue with this particular body wash recipe solidifying.

While the initial investment for Dr. Bronner's Castile soap may appear slightly higher than a store-bought body wash, it offers excellent value as one bottle can yield multiple batches of body wash. Furthermore, Castile soap serves multiple household purposes, including making DIY foaming hand soap and an all-purpose cleaner, two of my personal favorites. It's even safe for use with dishes and laundry. Towards the end of this post, I'll provide you with a simple recipe for foaming hand soap and an all-purpose cleaner using Castile soap.

To make homemade moisturizing body wash you will need vegetable glycerin, and Castile soap, you can conveniently purchase a 4-ounce bottle of vegetable glycerin for six dollars and an 8-ounce bottle of Dr. Bronner's Castile soap for eight to ten dollars on Amazon. I have both items linked below.

What Is Castile Soap?

Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap is an organic liquid soap that's good for your body and our planet, made with organic oils and ingredients. There are no synthetic preservatives or chemicals. Castile soap is plant-based, biodegradable, and comes in different scents. The scent is light and natural, almond and lavender are my favorites.

What is vegetable glycerin used for?

Vegetable glycerin is an odorless liquid with a thick consistency obtained from vegetable fats, typically soybean oil, coconut oil, and palm oil. Vegetable glycerin is used in food, cosmetics, and body care products as a moisturizer and thickening agent.

Store-bought products contain additives to extend shelf life because this homemade body wash is made with all-natural, nourishing ingredients. The shelf life is shorter. I recommend making skin care products like this body wash in small amounts. This body wash is so easy to whip up in just a few minutes and will stay good for up to two months.

This body wash recipe doesn't call for essential oil but you can certainly add some. I recommend a total of twenty drops.

What You Will Need


Castile Soap - linked here

Vegetable Glycerin- linked here

Carrier Oil - Olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil

Shea Butter

Bottle With A Spout - This can be any type of bottle, even an empty body wash bottle. As long as it has a spout to pour out the body wash your good. I used an empty Castile soap bottle.



½ cup Castile soap

1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin

1 teaspoon olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil

1 teaspoon melted shea butter


In a bottle add 1 teaspoon of oil

1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin

1 teaspoon of melted shea butter

½ cup of Castile soap

Shake well

DIY foaming hand soap is another great way to use Castile soap. This foaming hand soap recipe can be made in the same amount of time it takes to refill the soap dispenser.

How to make foaming hand soap

All-purpose cleaner with Castile soap

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