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.co 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 Honey Body Wash | HelloNatural.co Homemade 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.co 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. Mady says

    Made this last night….absolutely amazing! Love love love! Thank you so much! I made it with the almond scent of castille soap…

  2. Günter Bechly says

    Please google “phototoxic citrus oil” to see how dangerous your recipe can be. Don’t miss google image search for seeing the potentially horrible effects of citrus essential oils combined with sunlight on your skin. Why do people who are otherwise so anxious of chemical ingredients publish such recipes without knowing what they are doing? Only because some chemical substances are of organic origin does not make them less dangerous. Rattlesnake venom is purely organic as well.

    • says

      I’m thinking though that if the citrus oils are being used in a body wash, they will be washed off in the shower and before stepping outside so therefore should be ok, no? Also sweet orange and steam distilled lemon essential oils from what I have read are non-phototoxic citrus oils as are green mandarin and orange leaf, so could use those instead?

      • Heather says

        True. Comparing a body wash with citrus essential oils added in small amounts that gets washed off immediately to rattlesnake venom is a bit extreme. This body wash recipe is harmless.

    • says

      From what I have read, citrus is not a problem if used in wash off products. But you could always just use at night or use other essential oils if you are worried. I have read from many sources that it’s okay to use in soaps. Bergamot that is bergaptene free would be a good choice if you are concerned, also blood orange.

  3. says

    Fascinating! I’m obsessed with bar soap, homemade, but this recipe I might give a try. I use a natural bar shampoo made for dogs on my own hair. I’ve spent the last year growing out my grey and have found that a degreaser and brightening bar shampoo for dogs is keeping my hair from yellowing. It’s pretty stellar. And having Hashimoto’s, my skin is pretty dry, which is why I’ve moved away from liquid soap. This, though, using my love, coconut oil, might be the ticket. Thank you!

  4. Zahra says

    I love your recipe! It works perfectly for my sensitive skin and smells great.
    My question to you is, where did you get those cute glass bottles and hand pumps?! I am crazy for glass! And absolutely hate having all these plastic bottles everywhere but, they’re easier to find, naturally. I’m also big on recycling and would much prefer glass.

    Hope you can help! Thank you!

  5. says

    Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some
    of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I
    found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  6. Julie says

    Hi, I know that there is a photosensitivity issue with the citrus essential oils used in DIY lotions, butters etc. Does this body wash fall into that same category?

    I appreciate all that you’re doing on this site!

  7. Kathryn says

    Hi! I love this recipe, really thinking about doing it this weekend. The only thing is, this would be my first time working with something like this with essential oils. I noticed the oils you used are meant to energize, but I take my showers at night before bed. Is there a substitution for the essential oils you used that would be more relaxing/calming?

    Thank you!!

    • Lola Sannella says

      Lavender and chamomile oils are good for relaxation. You can check out this website for more info:


      Hope it works out for you!

  8. Ame says

    Hello! I finally invested in some local honey to make this reciepe but before I begin, is this wash at all sticky because of the honey? Also, because coconut oil solidifies at a cold temperature did you at all have trouble pumping the mixture out from the bottle? I want to mix the Dr. Brommers with something because if I use it on its own the soap leaves a rubbery like residue on my skin when I rinse off. I’m looking for a pure moisturizing rinse with a little suds and no residue left in my skin. Thank you! Great site!

  9. says

    What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It positively useful and it has aided me out loads.
    I am hoping to give a contribution & help other users like its
    aided me. Great job.

    • YJackson says

      Look on Amazon.com for the liquid castile soap, or look on Swanson Health Products online. They both sell that particular brand of Castile soap. Shipping is flat-rate on Swanson. Hoping you live in the US. I have no experience of ordering if you live outside of the US.

  10. Linda. Billingsley says

    Is this body wash safe for babies and toddlers? Do you have any body wash for them? Thank you linda

  11. Aliona says

    I have very dry skin and i heard that using citrus oil for dry skin might not be a very good idea, can i substitute for different oils?

  12. Shannon says

    Thanks so much for this! I’m going to try making it tonight. Can I use fractionated Coconut oil since I already have that on hand for my essential oils?

  13. Celeste says

    I would probably recommend using, olive oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil as the coconut oil may harden in your drain.

  14. Emily says

    I have made several batches of this body wash and love it for my entire family! Recently, the wash has not been lathering up and the only thing that has changed is the honey I am using. Could this make a difference? I have checked the recipe to make sure I’m mixing correctly and just can’t figure out the problem.
    Please help!

  15. d'Anna says

    Don’t microwave the coconut oil it kills all the beneficial factors of it. Melt it over a pot of boiling water in a glass bowl or a double broiler!

  16. Vivian says

    Please let me know if I could substitute the manuka honey for another honey. we are on a budget and manuka can be expensive. Just found your website and LOVE it. Thank you so much for being so generous in sharing all these wonderful recipes.

    Looking forward to hearing from you. thanks again.

  17. Courtney says

    I wanted to make this today but I am new to all of this. I have essential oils, but not the ones listed below. I need help knowing which ones will work together. I just got in my Clary Sage, Bergamot, Myrrh & Geranium. I also have Frankincense, Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, Lemon, Serenity. I thought I had Lavender but I cannot seem to find it. Help please with this!

  18. 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?

    • Alisha says

      I used homemade Castile soap out of Kirks bar castile and it is made with coconut oil and soap since I had no c oil on hand I used extra virgin olive oil, my diy castile and only used 15 drops of Tea Tree oil and a splash of fresh lemon plus other ingredients (I Have horrible hormonal acne) it is to die for!!

    • says

      I never had any problems using honey or essential oils. I think as long as you’re keeping it to external use only and the oils are applied via a carrier oil then you’ll be fine. :)

      • Alisha says

        I used homemade Castile soap out of Kirks bar castile and it is made with coconut oil and soap since I had no c oil on hand I used extra virgin olive oil, my diy castile and only used 15 drops of Tea Tree oil and a splash of fresh lemon plus other ingredients (I Have horrible hormonal acne) it is to die for!!

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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!!

  23. 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

  24. 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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