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Homemade Body Wash Recipe

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Skin & Hair Care | 4 comments

Homemade Body Wash Recipe

This homemade body wash recipe uses olive oil to create a thick lather of tiny bubbles that stay close to your skin. It feels luxurious and moisturizes well, so it’s great for the dry winter months.

My friend, Helene first gave me a sample of this body wash several months ago and I’ve been making it myself ever since. Substitute the oil or essential oils for your own favorites if you feel inspired.

Fractionated coconut oil would be a good substitute for the olive oil because it lathers well, is a little lighter and doesn’t have a strong smell.

Switch up the essential oils based on the time of day you shower. Sweet orange essential oil will wake you up in the morning and since it improves circulation it will keep you warm in the winter. If you shower in the evening try lavender, clary sage or German chamomile essential oils. All of these are calming and will help you drift peacefully to sleep.

Awakening Body Wash
This homemade body wash recipe uses olive oil for a thick lather of tiny bubbles that stays close to your skin. It feels very luxurious and moisturizes well.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1 cup liquid castile soap
  2. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 8-12 drops sweet orange essential oil
  1. Mix all 3 ingredients in a bottle. Shake before use since the olive oil and soap will separate.
  1. Yields 9 ounces.
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  1. stacey savant

    Hi! What would the shelf life of this body wash be. thanks!

    • Nicole

      The olive oil is the most “unstable” ingredient and it goes bad more quickly if exposed to light or heat. That being said olive oil usually has a 2 years shelf-life, so if the body wash is made with fresh olive oil and kept in good conditions it could last for 2 years as well.

      The longest I’ve had a batch was 1 year, it didn’t go bad but I used it all up.

  2. Sabine

    would the oil clog your shower drain?

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