DIY: Chemical Free Moisturizing Body Wash


It’s hard to find to chemical, toxin free body wash out there right now. It seems like all mainstream body washes are chalked full of sulfates, fragrances, dyes, parabens and a whole host of other chemicals. After learning about all the possible scary side effects (including cancer) – I decided to make my own. This is such an affordable option (bonus: because it was not my 1st concern) and is totally organic, natural, biodegradable and free of any harmful ingredients. Plus, you can recycle and reuse your old glass bottles.

(This recipe is for a quart size bottle)

I choose to make my body wash extra moisturizing, as I get really dry skin in the winter. You could simply just add your Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to the Dr. Bronner’s Organic Unscented Castile Soap , but I went a step further. Adding almond oil and coconut oil to my mixture made it extra creamy and moisturizing. It feels so luxurious on the skin!

Please feel free to use whatever essential oils are your favorites. My combination turned out beautifully. If you are making this for babies, I would use the lavender oil by itself as it is very gentle and calming.

You will need:

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Unscented Castile Soap

(You can get from Amazon, Target or Whole Foods)

Organic Sweet Almond Oil

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil*

(*Fractionated coconut oil is best so it won’t harden like normal coconut oil)

Essential Oil(s) of your Choice

1 Glass container (quart size)

Funnel and Measuring Cups

Add 2 cups of Unscented Castile Soap

Add 1 cup of Almond Oil

Measure out 1 cup coconut oil and melt in microwave or stove top

Add to the rest of the liquid

Add your essential oils. Shake well, which will make all your ingredients incorporate.

Add a cute label then lather and rinse!

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138 Responses to “DIY: Chemical Free Moisturizing Body Wash”

  1. Aggie July 24, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    Can you make this without the fragrance oils?

    • Mary Crimmins July 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      You can definitely make this without the essential oils if you prefer no fragrance. I like to put oils in there not only for fragrance but for their therapeutic benefits as well!

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  3. elena August 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Does the sweet almond oil have a strong scent?

    • Mary Crimmins August 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      I don’t think it does, but that may just be me!

  4. Muse August 26, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    My husband and I love this stuff!!! THE BEST BODY SOAP OUT THERE!! We use it for hair too. There are shampoo recipes out there but none of them worked well…. :-/


    I’ve always liked putting baby oil on my body (I have very dry skin) but it started to give me rash… Later I discovered coconut oil and almond oil (I use grapeseed for cooking, because I really like the taste!). Seriously, thank the nature for coconut oil!! Wonderful stuff. I don’t even like to eat coconut but I love this thing!!

    • Mary Crimmins August 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you! So glad you love it :)

  5. Kristin August 26, 2014 at 3:16 am #

    Is there something I can use in place of the almond oil? I’d like to make this for the whole family but my sister’s fiance is severely allergic to nuts.

    • Mary Crimmins August 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

      Maybe look into Jojoba oil or Vitamin E oil. Let me know how it goes!

  6. Leslie August 27, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    I am so going to make this “recipe!” Thank you for posting it! I do have one concern though, and it’s more just me being persnickety…with the oils in the body wash, I would think twice about using a glass bottle in the shower. I would think one’s hands might get slickery (love that word!) and safety could be an issue. Just a thought…

    :o )

    • Mary Crimmins August 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

      That’s actually a great suggestion Leslie, thank you! The reason I use glass is because the oils I use can pull out the toxins in plastic. I’ll definitely be thinking of another safe way to contain this.

  7. Nel August 30, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I was also wondering about your cute label for your bottle. Did you do your labels at home or another place?

    • Mary Crimmins September 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

      I just made them at home. I think I found the label at Michael’s or some craft store and then printed them at home. Glad you like the recipe!

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  10. Caroline October 12, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    I have used this body wash all summer and LOVE it! Now that the weather is getting colder I’ve noticed the coconut oil is getting hard so I have to run it under hot water to melt it. Have you had this issue? Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Mary Crimmins October 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      I guess that makes sense with the coconut oil, but I haven’t used it recently to know. Maybe it’s more of a summertime wash? Glad you’ve been loving it though!!

      • Caroline December 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

        I figured this issue out and thought I would share. I used it in a pump top bottle when I originally made this. I switched it to a squeeze bottle and it works great. :) I should have thought of that in the first place. Still loving it.

  11. Jill Jarvis October 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    thank you for posting this! We made it yesterday and even my two sons were excited to use it. I did notice that it quite runny…is there something that could be added to thicken it up? Also, has anyone come up with a storage solution that isn’t slippery? (Glass + suds)

    • Mary Crimmins October 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      What a great activity to do with your sons!

      My first thought to thicken it up was corn starch-hah! I don’t know if that’s a good idea though. If I find an answer to that I’ll comment back!

      A great way to keep a good grip on glass like that is to re-use rubber bands. Place several on the container so you have something to grip on to :)

  12. Tamara October 20, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    Where did you find this cute label and glass bottle? I want a label that wont come off in the shower. Please let me know, thanks!

    • Mary Crimmins October 21, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      Thank you! The bottle is a reused Milk container and I’m afraid the label is something I made on my computer and will come off in the shower since it’s just regular paper with a sticker back.

    • Shauna October 29, 2014 at 5:32 am #

      I cover my labels with scotch tape.

  13. Zaheera October 28, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    Hi Mary, can i use Dr. Woods, Shea Vision, Baby Mild Castile Soap, Unscented instead of Dr Bronner’s? It has Shea butter in it. That’s what it states. Will it be too creamy if i use the Almond oil and coconut oil as well? This is also for use in a tropical country. :)

    • Mary Crimmins October 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

      I’d say give it a try! I’m not familiar with that soap but I’d recommend making a small test batch to see how it works. Have fun and let me know how it goes!

      • Zaheera October 29, 2014 at 2:51 am #

        Thank you Mary! Yes i’ll keep you posted on the outcome. :)

  14. Laura October 30, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    How does this hold up over time? Does it separate or get funky in any way? I am slowly changing out all my conventional body products for homemade and it’s a lot of hit or miss experimenting but body wash is something I know I won’t use up fast so I haven’t been as quick to experiment with this…(usually just buy l organic bars of soap from a local artisan instead)… I will probably at least half the recipe, I’m too cheap to use a whole cup of castile soap when I don’t know what the outcome will be over the long term ;)

    • Mary Crimmins October 31, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

      Thanks for your questions Laura! I’ve been finding that this recipe is different for everyone. Even if you just scroll up and read the comments this receipts worked great for some and didn’t work at all for others. When I made it, it just worked totally fine for me, but I haven’t made it in a while. I think making a half recipe to test it out is the best thing you can do :) And I’d love to know how it goes!! Oh and ps–kudos to switching all your products!!!

  15. Bren November 10, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    I would love to try this, but coconut oil makes my skin break out in a rash! Any ideas as to what else I could substitute? Thanksb

    • Mary Crimmins November 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

      You could try making a test batch with almond oil, jojoba oil, or vitamin E oil possibly!

  16. sam December 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Also can this be used on infants and toddlers as my toddler has very dry skin? pls help, thanks!

  17. Kari Wilson January 20, 2015 at 1:04 am #

    I made the body wash, but was thicker than I expected….is it suppose to be so thick? I really like the way it makes my skin feel, but put it in a squeeze bottle, which it’s too thick for.

    Thank you for your time in this matter.

    Kari W.

    • Mary Crimmins January 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

      Glad you’re enjoying it so far! To thin it out I’d put more oil or castile soap in there. That should help! Let me know how it goes :)

  18. Jennifer January 31, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    Have you tried used this body wash with any of the pump soap dispensers (foaming or non-foaming)? I just wanted to see if that was a viable option! Thanks.

    • Mary Crimmins February 19, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

      I haven’t tried that. Not sure if it would foam. If you try it let me know how it goes!

  19. Jaime May February 16, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    hi! I was wondering if this would be good as a face wash as well? If not, what would you recommend for someone with combination dry/oily and acne prone skin?

    • Mary Crimmins February 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      I’m not sure how this would react on the face. It might be too thick for pores. I love using doterra’s Verage skin care line though. It’s so gentle on the skin and keeps it clean and clear. The Verage syrum is 10% off in February. Let me know if you need help ordering!

  20. Mary Crimmins July 29, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    thank you!

  21. sam December 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi Mary, can i replace almond oil with castor oil just because i have it? Also how many drops of essential oil can you add to this recipe? thanks a lot, will try once i get this response.

  22. Mary Crimmins January 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    Hey Sam! Thanks for the questions. I think you could put castor oil in there and it would be fine since it’s about the same thickness. I’d just put a couple drops of each oil in the mixture. A little goes a long way!


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