DIY: Natural Body Wash

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Scented body wash is a fun way to wake up your senses in the morning or calm them down at night. Scented body wash can provide valuable nourishment to your skin, if it contains the right ingredients.

Try making this easy DIY Body Wash with essential oils! Your whole family will love it!

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What You Need:

8 ounce glass pump bottle

1/2 cup unscented Castile soap

4 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

3 tablespoons doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil

10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Note: You can find vegetable glycerin at most health food stores. Vegetable glycerin will help the body wash be thicker, creamier, and lather better.


1. Combine ingredients into glass pump bottle.

2. Add desired essential oil(s).

Tip: For an uplifting body wash try these essential oils: Citrus Bliss, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lime, or Eucalyptus. For a relaxing body wash try these: Lavender, Serenity, Bergamot, Geranium, or Roman Chamomile.

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3. Shake to combine. You’re done! Make sure to shake before each use, as the ingredients will separate.

dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Wellness Advocates. If you would like to locate a Wellness Advocate in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. The Fractionated Coconut Oil to help moisturize your hands. It can be substituted with any other light oil such as almond, jojoba, or olive oil.

  2. I make this body wash using aloe vera get and castile soap. You can get Dr. Bronners castile soap and the aloe vera gel online….I find Vitacost to be cheaper than amazon and health food stores. If you sign up now you get a $10 off 30 coupon making it even cheaper…super fast shipping

  3. Does the bottle have to be glass? I noticed that the pump is plastic. I would like to make some body wash as a gift, but glass bottles in the shower may not be such a good idea. Thanks for help

  4. I made this body wash last week! I will never buy store body wash agian. I used frankincense and lemongrass, Amazing!

  5. Certain types of plastic are okay. I recommend checking the options at as they are all specifically for use with essential oils. From my understanding, citrus oils are the most likely to eat through plastics, so I have less concern for adding non citrus oils to a plastic container.

  6. do you need to use vegetable glycerin? or does the aloe vera described above replace that??? any other substitutions for the vegetable glycerin???

  7. I made this, followed directions, shook it up each time I used it and still only get castile soap out, none of the ingredients mixed well in bottle.

  8. Would this work for pets?? My dog is allergic to every commercial pet shampoo I’ve tried!! Breaks out in a rash and is very itchy. Then I lather him up with oils to calm his skin, but this takes days to counteract the ‘bath.’ Would be nice if I could make a pet shampoo with oils. Any help or ideas greatly appreciated!!

  9. What bout avocado oil to substitute FCO? what can I use to thicken the body wash? what is the shelf life of it?
    BTW the glass bottles from aroma are so thick it hard to brake them

  10. Yes, you could use avocado oil instead of fractionated coconut oil. To help thicken the body wash you can use more vegetable glycerin. The shelf life is around 12 months.

  11. I am making this today! I plan to recycle an empty doTERRA Shampoo bottle. It is plastic but surely it is ok to use or they wouldn’t use it for the shampoo.
    Lana, I use doTerra Shampoo on my dog. He had hot spots and very dry skin and no he is flake free & scab free and he smells great.

  12. I bathed my cats with Peppermint Castile soap 2 times a year and they were always healthy! And my Sisters dog was also bathed with this soap!

  13. Would like to make this in the foaming hand soap bottles from Doterra as well. I know it would have to be watered down. Has anyone tried this to see how it works?

  14. Paulette,
    For hand soap, I used enough castille soap to cover the bottom of the bottle up to about a 1/4 inch. You don’t need much for the foaming pump bottles. I added water slowly to about 3/4 of the bottle and added a couple drops of OnGuard and it works and smells wonderful for hand soap. :)

  15. I understand why your using glass as a container. It is because if you were to use plastic; their could be interaction with the essential oils. My only concern is that the pump itself is plastic and when it is submerged in the solution does it not defeat to purpose of using glass?

  16. I’m wondering how most of you use this soap. I made it today and when we use a mesh loofah it doesn’t lather well. Should we not use a loofah? Or maybe wet a wash cloth? Any suggestions? Thank you.

  17. I made this last week and LOVE it! My husband does, too! Good bye, store bought products! I used patchouli, Vetiver, wild orange, bergamot, and a little clove. Oooohhh man! I’m in Heaven and have been told how wonderful I smell on numerous occasions! I can’t wait for a shampoo recipe!

  18. Is it necessary for the container to be tinted when making this since they are diluted? Or is it more as a precaution?

  19. Looking for recipe for Body wash like Netrogena Rain Bath that i can put in my dispenser in the shower. The doterra wash is too thick. The receipes on here will not work as you have to shake them up before you use them I can’t do that in the dispenser hanging on the wall.

  20. Before you add your essential oils, heat the mixture for a few minutes and use xangthan gum as a binder. Just a few pinches will work and keep it from separating. The trick is to sprinkle it into the warm mixture while creating a vortex with a whisk to keep the xangthan gum from globbing up and only bindin gto itself. I use this in all of my body wash recipes. I can’t give exact measures because I just “eyeball” it, so if it still separates, reheat and add a little more until you are happy.

  21. I know for me when I have used castille soap it dries out my skin. I like the idea but for me it never works.

  22. Hi John. If the castile soap is too drying for your skin you can add more Fractionated Coconut Oil or another carrier oil to help keep your skin moisturized. Hope that helps.

  23. I don’t know what happened! I made this today but without the glycerin, I used unscented dr. Bronners, FCO and 10 drops of elevation + 3 drops each of lime and wild orange. I put the bottle in the shower and an hour later found that it had turned into a thick body butter consistency…. I can hardly squeeze it out!

  24. I made this recipe yesterday and used it this morning. It smells so wonderful! BUT, it turned into thick body butter consistency and will not go up the pump tube… I used vegetable glycerin, castile soap, fractionated coconut oil and lavender essential oil. What did I do wrong and how can I save it?

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