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 doTERRA 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


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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113 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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