Natural Moisturizing Body Wash

Grace Pulley


This is the basic recipe for the all natural body wash that I make for my family. I vary the type of carrier oil used and the essential oil blends depending on skin type or healing properties needed. The change in both carrier oil and essential oils gives you scents to suit your mood or that of other family members. For example I love Lavender and Vanilla my husband not so much. Experiment, have fun with it.

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10 Min


No-Cook or Other


2/3 c
liquid, castille soap ( i don't reccomend the peppermint it can be a bit harsh on sensitive areas)
1/4 c
raw, unfiltered honey
2 tsp
sweet almond, coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, , sesame, or olive
1 tsp
vitamin e oil
drops, 100% pure essential oils ( combine for a signature scent or use oils for healing properties)

Directions Step-By-Step

Measure out all ingredients and combine in a bottle with a squirt top, shaking to mix. I use an old body wash bottle that I saved for just this purpose. Make sure to shake the bottle before each use. You can use this body wash the same as you did the other stuff just squirt a small amount on your bath pouf, sponge, washcloth, etc. and enjoy.

Because there is no water in this body wash and contains honey it has a long self life of at least a year; therefore, it can be made in larger batches safely.
When making any type of skin care product it is important to keep the skin type of the individual in mind, especially with the addition of essential oil. Below are some examples of essential oils that can be used for various skin types such as dry or sensitive skin or skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and dermatitis.

If using this soap for young children it is best to use about half the listed amount of essential oils.
This is just a partial list of possible essential oils that can be used.

Chamomile (German and Roman) - Great for dry and sensitive skin, acne, eczema, and dermatitis.

Geranium - Great for oily complexions, acne, mature skin, eczema, dermatitis, and other problematic skin conditions. It also brightens and revitalizes dull skin.

Grapefruit – This essential oil tones the skin and is extremely cleansing for oily skin. If using the amount suggested in the above recipe, there is no phototoxic concern.

Lavender – Very gentle and good for all skin types, including very sensitive skin. Perfect for mature skin, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Effective in soothing itchy skin.

Palmarosa - Stimulates new cell growth, moisturizes skin, and regulates oil production. This makes it a valuable essential oil for use in any DIY skin products.

Patchouli - Antimicrobial, astringent, fungicidal, and deodorant. Great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, eczema, oily skin, and mature skin.

Peppermint – Since peppermint is very strong, use only half the amount recommended in the recipe (or less). Cooling, refreshing, and stimulating. Has astringent properties, making it perfect for acneic skin. (Note: Avoid during first 4 months of pregnancy.)

Rosemary - Rosemary is stimulating and restorative. Useful for acne, eczema, and dermatitis. (Note: Avoid during pregnancy. Do not use if you are epileptic or have high blood pressure.)

Sandalwood – Useful for acne, dry, cracked, and chapped skin. Also great for wrinkles and mature skin.

Sweet orange - One of the only citrus essential oils that is not phototoxic, sweet orange is helpful for dull or oily skin.

Tea tree - This antibacterial oil can be nicely blended with others like lavender and peppermint. May be useful for acne, oily skin, rashes, and inflamed skin. Using too much may actually create a drying effect. You may need to experiment a little to find the right amount for your skin.
Ylang ylang – Great for general skin care, irritated skin, oily skin, or acne. Since this oil is a strong scent, add a few drops at a time until the desired aroma is achieved. (You will need much less than the amount suggested in the above recipe.)

There are other essential oils that have no direct skin benefit but will add a different scent layer such as vanilla, lime, and lemon verbena to just name a few.
Some of my favorite combinations are as follows:

Lavender and Vanilla
Coconut and Lime
Lavender and Geranium
Sweet Orange and Grapefruit

My husband likes Sandalwood and Chamomile (he has eczema)

Both of my younger sons use a combo of Ylang ylang and Tea Tree.
I have had great results using this body wash with no reactions or irritations but everyone is different. My knowledge came from personal research and trial and error. I make no claims of effectiveness and its use is not endorsed or monitored by any regulating agency. As with any new product use at your own risk and if you have any health issues or concerns check with your physician before using.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Soaps
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids