With so many questionable ingredients in store-bought body wash, it may be best to avoid them altogether. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin or allergies to certain ingredients. But you don’t need to throw the baby out with the bath water. Instead, why not make your own homemade body wash? This body wash utilizes the gentle healing components of essential oils, and is made with castile soap. Want to learn more? Read below!

Gentle, Nourishing, and Effective Ingredients for Homemade Body Wash:

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has a variety of skin benefits, making it a great option for a homemade body wash. For one, it’s antibacterial. (1) In fact, lavender oil has the ability to deeply penetrate pores to kill bacteria. Furthermore, lavender oil, despite its ability to kill off bacteria, is super gentle on the skin. There’s a reason, after all, that it’s a common ingredient in many baby skin care products.


This homemade body wash ingredient is also gentle on the skin. It’s hypoallergenic and can help reduce skin irritants. Additionally, it packs some impressive healing properties. For example, chamomile is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic. Furthermore, it contains antioxidants. And its mild, relaxing scent serves this homemade body wash well.

Castile Soap

Many soaps on the market contain harsh chemicals and questionable ingredients. Castile soap, however, is a pure soap rendered from vegetable oils. Often used to alleviate acne, eczema, psoriasis and general skin redness, castile soap is an excellent choice for those with sensitive and normal skin alike.

Geranium Oil

Geranium oil is also a most-excellent choice for a homemade body wash. The Egyptians have used geranium oil in order to achieve radiant skin tone. Furthermore, geranium oil can treat acne, reduce inflammation, alleviate anxiety and balance hormones.

Raw Honey

Not only is raw honey anti-bacterial, it can also promote a healthy, youthful glow. Adding this ingredient to your homemade body wash will help you achieve a beautiful complexion.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E works to prevent the buildup of free radicals. This can help to diminish signs of aging, such as wrinkles. (2) You can consume foods rich in vitamin E to help promote skin health, but you can also add it to your homemade body wash to accentuate desired results.

Jojoba Oil

This ingredient will help control inflammation and redness on the skin all while helping to fight acne. (3) It’s antibacterial but soothing, making it a worthy addition for your homemade boy wash.

How to make this homemade body wash with essential oils:


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2/3 cup liquid castile soap
  • 30 drops lavender oil, chamomile or geranium essential oils (mix and match if you choose)
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 2 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 8 oz BPA-free plastic lotion dispenser or glass bottle with dispenser

Directions for homemade body wash:

1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.
2. Store in 8 oz BPA-free plastic bottle.