Homemade Body Wash with Honey + Coconut Oil

I’m on a mission to detox my beauty products and replace them with natural, DIY alternatives. Whipping up a homemade body scrub is an addicting starting point because soon you’re thinking, what about the stuff I use everyday? The first two I tackled were biggies – deodorant and toothpaste – and now I’m on a roll! Next up – a homemade body wash with 2 of my favorite ingredients, honey and coconut oil.

DIY Body Wash with Honey | HelloNatural.coI made this originally as a potential homemade shampoo, and it might have worked if I hadn’t (accidentally) used coconut oil instead of coconut milk. It lathered up great (I love suds) but my hair ended up a tad greasy. Instead of letting it go to waste I tried it as a body wash. Lather-y moisturizing perfection!

Thinking about starting your own beauty detox? You can pretty much replace everything in your personal care arsenal with just 4 ingredients.

Homemade Honey Body Wash | HelloNatural.coHomemade Body Wash Recipe

What are those 4 ingredients?

Coconut oil

My coco-nuttiness is well established now (see our 10 favorite coconut oil beauty recipes). It moisturizes like no other, without clogging pores, and smells like you spent the day at the beach.

Raw honey

I was reading not long ago about the incredible healing powers of honey. Studies show it works better than traditional medicine for burn victims! Use raw honey for its antibacterial properties.

Liquid Castile soap

I’m already cleaning everything from dishes to toilets with Castile soap. I resisted using this in personal care products for a long time because soap usually leaves my skin feeling dry and filmy. So wrong! This gentle soap is great if you like a bit of suds.

Essential oils

My essential oil collection is getting out of control. For bath wash, citrus and eucalyptus are a sure fire ways to start the day.

Honey Homemade Body Wash | HelloNatural.coYou’ll notice the body wash separates as it sits so just shake it up before each use. I have not had any problems with the coconut oil solidifying, but if you’re worried about that you can use almond oil or even coconut milk instead.

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DIY Body Wash
Recipe type: Body Wash
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon or grapefruit essential oil
  1. Scoop coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl and heat on medium setting for 30 seconds until melted.
  2. Add honey, essential oils and vitamin E and whisk together.
  3. Add Castile soap slowly, stirring gently to avoid creating suds.
  4. Transfer to glass or plastic bottle.
  5. Shake before each use.


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  1. Legiope says

    I want to make a body wash that I can use in the shower and not worry about taking care to avoid certain body parts. But I read on another website that honey should not be used on our “intimate areas.” Your thoughts/experience?

    • says

      I initially used it in my hair and it was a bit too greasy for me (I have really short, thin hair). You can definitely give it a try – if your hair is on the dry side it might be just fine!

  2. Donnap says

    I am just starting this because is immune problems.
    I’ve never used essential oils before. I would never take them orally, but are they very safe to use on skin? Also, what about using on my small dog for baths. What if she licks herself afterwards?

    • says

      Those are great questions. The majority of essential oils should not be used NEAT (Straight or “as is”. You should use a carrier oil like olive oil, sunflower or even canola oil (all of which you should already have). An alternate oil that has additional health benefits and can be used for other purposes for health or household use is Fractionated Coconut Oil. You should talk with your Essential Oil consultant or you can email me if you have any other questions. The owner of this blog may be a rep as well (I’m not sure)…. familyliteracy2 @ gmail.com

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