Easy DIY Body Wash Recipe – just 2 ingredients!

DIY body wash recipe 2 ingredients

Making your own body wash can be as easy as using just two simple ingredients: liquid Castile soap and an oil. If water counts, then that’s a third ingredient. That’s it, that’s all there is to this easy DIY body wash recipe. Anyone can do it.

Out with the chemicals

Since I started staying at home this year, to work on the health of my two eczema warriors, my goal has been to keep a chemical free home. In all aspects, from diet and topical creams to personal care and cleaning around the house.

Proud to say we’re managing it well so far. Apart from the few products made from all-natural ingredients that we buy from companies with great philosophies, most other cleaning necessities are homemade. Check out our DIY dishwashing liquid (for hand washing the dishes), and DIY laundry soap powder and softener.

Our standard for personal care products, as well as products for cleaning around the house is this: Don’t put on your skin what you won’t put into your mouth.

Because some substances that manage to cross the skin barrier will end up in the bloodstream, much quicker than food that you ingest which has to go through the long digestion process. This is especially so for eczema warriors, who already have compromised skin barrier.

Eczema is an internal health issue, manifested on the skin. The body is using the skin, a non vital organ, to tell us that some imbalance is happening from within. It could be an overworked immune system, leaky gut, allergic reaction, tired elimination organs like liver and kidneys, etc.

So we do not want to load the body further, by putting chemicals on the skin, which the body has to detox. Hence, anything homemade is always the best, as we know exactly what goes into making it, and we have absolute control over it.

DIY body wash recipe foam pump

Liquid Castile soap

A liquid Castile soap is made of plant oils like olive oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, etc. Castile soap made from these oils is very different from using the oils themselves, as these have gone through the saponification process.

In saponification, potassium hydroxide is added to the oils to react chemically with the triglycerides, forming glycerol and a fatty acid salt, which is the liquid ‘soap’. This soap has cleansing properties as it helps water to better lift off and remove grease and dirt from our skin, hair and whatever we are washing. More information can be found here: pubs.acs.org.

A pure Castile soap only contains the plant oils and the hydroxide (which would have completely reacted, with none remaining by the end of the saponification process). No chemical additives.

Dr Bronner, with its exceptional principles and philosophies, is the brand we use. It uses organic ingredients, just oils, water, and some vitamins. Nothing else. (find it here)

Oil of your choice (coconut, olive, etc.)

Using oils will create a smooth texture to your body wash, nourish your skin, as well as increase the lathering effect of the soap. Different oils have different properties, so knowing them and experimenting with them will help you find the homemade body wash that you absolutely love.

Coconut oil contributes to a bubbly lather, but some people find it too drying on their skin, though I simply love it, and this is the oil that I finally settled on for this recipe. Olive oil is another great option as it nourishes and conditions your skin without stripping it of moisture. You could also use any of the more luxurious oils like jojoba oil or grape seed oil.


Essential oils

To a cup of body wash, use about 30 to 40 drops of your favourite essential oil, if the liquid Castile soap that you are using is unscented. But if you bought the scented version (like me, I use the lavender scented Dr Bronner’s liquid Castile soap), then it is not necessary to add any essential oil, unless you choose to make the scent stronger.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps us fight damage from free radicals. It protects our skin from over exposure to the sun, and slows down the aging process like formation of wrinkles. This addition to your body wash can help with dry, flaky and itchy skin, so is beneficial to eczema warriors. More information can be found here: draxe.com.

My super easy DIY body wash recipe

I’m one who really likes to keep things simple. So for my super easy DIY body wash recipe, this is how it goes:

  • 1 part liquid Castile soap
  • 1 part oil (I use coconut oil, you can use any preferred oil or a combination of some)
  • 1 part water

Combine everything in a foam pump dispenser, and whoa la! You got your perfect body wash.

Shake well before every use

DIY body wash recipe separated

The oil tend to separate from the soap and water when just left to sit there, so you got to give it a good shake each time you use it.

DIY body wash recipe shake before use

This is what you get from additive-free homemade stuff – no emulsifier to keep the ingredients mixed and perfectly textured, so… this is what I love about it too, no harsh and harmful chemicals that serve no purpose except for cosmetics, that actually do harm to our health than any good.

Foam pump

A foam pump is important for me, as it mixes air into the body wash as you pump it out onto your hand, so it saves on how much you use, a little goes a long way. It also helps the body wash to lather up and become all bubbly, which is what our brain has been conditioned (by the commercial products) into thinking – that a bubbly shower is a clean one.

Customise it your own way

My choice of coconut oil is because I love the smell of it, and it feels smooth and nourishing on my skin, though many people find it drying when used on its own. Olive oil is not so drying, but has less lathering effect. Maybe a combination of both would work perfectly for you, or you may have your own favourite like jojoba oil, grape seed oil, etc.

It’s perfectly fine whichever concoction of oils you prefer, as long as the total amount of oil used stays at 1 part. If you find this recipe too runny (especially if you’re using a regular soap dispenser instead of a foam pump), and prefer a thicker version, then try increasing the liquid Castile soap, and reducing the water content a bit.

Note: Dr Bronner does have a ready-made body wash that is great too, which I do use when I run out of the ingredients for this recipe. You may want to check it out in this other post.

Shower away

I hope this simple DIY body wash recipe inspires you to make your own everything, and adopt a lifestyle of natural and green cleaning, around the house and on the human beings inside, big and small. So… shower away to a cleaner, happier and healthier you!


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12 thoughts on “Easy DIY Body Wash Recipe – just 2 ingredients!”

  1. I’m on the same quest to rid my home of harsh chemicals, so thank you for the write up. I went back to using Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby shampoo as a body wash because I figured it was less harsh. But thanks to your DIY instructions for a chemical free body wash, I can actually mix in an oil that smells good. Perfect.

  2. this is really a DIY body soap recipe. It is so really simple and easy.

    To top it off coconut oil is one of the best oils to use and skincare for moisture.

    You could not have done any better by putting this great article out for everyone to see and enjoy the DIY body soap recipe I love it.

    Thank you again for giving us this wonderful article can’t wait to see another.

  3. Hi,Thanks so much for sharing a great recipe to make natural body wash, I’m sure I’ll make it, as I work with a family who has a boy (8 years old) who has some eczema problems mostly during winter.I’m sure his mom will love to have this recipe to prepare the body wash for him at home.Do you have any recipe to prepare a body cream for him?

    Do you have any recipe to prepare a body cream for menopause women? I would love to get a good recipe for it!

    • Hi Alejandra,

      Yeah do share the recipe with the family whom you work with, my boys 10 and 9 years old absolutely love this recipe in their body wash.

      I’m sorry, I haven’t tried making any body cream at home. But I do have some very natural balms and creams that we use for our eczema warriors (so in fact it’d be great for anyone with or without skin issue). They are discussed in these articles below, you can take a look and see if you like the ingredients enough to try them out:

      Natural balms for eczema

      Creams for infected eczema

  4. Hi Joo, I read your story on your home page. Thank you for sharing it. I know it was painful to watch your children suffer like they did. I love your tenacity and love to help your kids in any way you could. 

    The recipes for dish washing liquid and soap are simple to make and straight forward. Also, the diet information very useful. I’m going to tell my wife Cindy about this website and those two recipes. 

    Thank you very much, good job. 


    • Hi Johnny,

      You made my day! Thank you for the encouraging words. And for checking out the other stuff on my website. I’m glad you like these recipes. They’re really simple, like you said. Enjoy them, and let me know how they work out for you and your wife!

  5. I didn’t realize that making your own body wash was so easy. I have two small children so I like to find products that don’t have harsh chemicals. I really like your motto because it’s so true. I have Keratosis Pilaris or chicken skin or KP. So I’m going to give this a try. Thank you for adding pictures of what it should look like, I’m more of a visual person. 

    • Hi Victor,

      I’m sorry that you have to deal with KP. Skin issues can be so draining, and so hard to grasp. I hope you push on with finding natural ways to cope with it and make it better. 

      Do try out this body wash recipe for your young kids, mine love it and are still using it. Oh the pictures… yeah, I have to show that I really did make this, in order to convince people to try it out for themselves. 🙂

  6. Cool recipe! As someone with very sensitive skin I only use specialized lotions from the pharmacy, but even then I sometimes have irritations resulting in redness of my skin…

    So I guess I have to try this one out as it’s pretty simple. Can this also be used as a shampoo?

    • Hi Jurgen,

      This recipe would be a bit too much oil to be used as a shampoo. You can reduce the ratio of oil, while still using the same ingredients. Something like: 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap, 1 tbsp oil. Again, it works best in a foam pump dispenser, and needs a good shake before each use. Hope you like it!


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