Coconut Honey Body Wash | Henry Happened 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!

I 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 body wash | Henry Happened

DIY Honey Body Wash

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.

DIY Coconut OIl Body Wash | Henry Happened You’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. Joanne says

    I made a ritual body wash for Summer Solstice like this, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever made! I didn’t put coconut oil in, though. I’ll have to try that!

    • Carrie says

      You can use baby soap. Castile is nice cuz it’s made from olive oil (I think), and it’s not full of chemicals like other soaps.

  2. says

    This is awesome! I’ve been wanting to make a body wash for a while (I’m not quite ready to make soap). One question, how much body wash do you need per wash? I’m sure it’s different for everyone but how concentrated is it? And would this work in a bubble bath?

  3. Kerri says

    I love all your ideas. Thanks for sharing. I am curious, where do you find all your beautiful jars for storing things? Love this dispenser! Thank you!!

  4. says

    Target has a nice selection from $11 to $19 depending on size. It is in the aisle with Burt’s Bees and other natural products

  5. says

    I should make t a point to do this every weekend or every other weekend. It would melt the stress of the week. Thanks for sharing! Happy Mother’s day weekend!

    • gerbermom says

      Yes, a hot bath is one of my favorite escapes on the weekend! Happy Mother’s Day weekend to you too!

    • gerbermom says

      You can often find it at regular grocery stores in the natural food section – and stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes definitely carry it.

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