DIY Moisturizing Body Wash for Dry Skin

Last Updated on September 18, 2019 by Diane Hoffmaster

Having grown up in New England, I can honestly say that I really enjoy fall and winter weather. I love the smell of leaves and the feel of a crisp breeze. What I don’t love, however, is the dry skin that comes with turning the heat on in my house. This DIY moisturizing body wash for dry skin is an easy way to restore the moisture to your skin that the dry air just sucks right out of your body. If you love homemade beauty products, you could also try my Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe.

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DIY Moisturizing Body Wash for Dry Skin

Castile Soap is a Must Have Item for Natural Beauty

Are you familiar with Castile soap? If you have never used this stuff, it is truly amazing and very inexpensive. Castile soap is an olive-oil-based hard soap made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain. What does that mean? All you really need to know is that it is pure, all-natural, and contains NO chemical ingredients. It is a must-have item if you want to make natural beauty products like liquid soap, shampoo, etc.

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I found Dr. Bronners Castile Soap at my local grocery store. Considering how far this stuff will go, it is pretty inexpensive. Making this DIY moisturizing body wash for dry skin is incredibly easy and you can choose your favorite scents to add.

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You really don’t need anything special to make this body wash recipe but to store it, I recommend a mason jar with pump dispenser. If you already have a large mason jar, just get a pump dispenser to make using it in the shower easier.

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The only real caution I leave you with is to mix the solution GENTLY. If you shake it up too hard, all you will do is create massive amounts of bubbles! Just combine the ingredients in the mason jar and rock it back and forth gently to mix them together.

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Important Info About Making Homemade Body Wash

Making your own body wash is a great way to save money.  It is also a good way to simplify the ingredients in your body care products.  If you want to start making your own body wash, you may have questions!  Here are a few popular ones, and helpful answers to get you started.

  • Can I add tea tree oil to my body wash? Yes, if you have acne problems, tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that may help.
  • How do you make homemade body wash thicker? You can do this with a salt water solution.  See The Soap Queen for details. 
  • What oils can you use to make body wash?  You can use olive oil, avocado oil, or liquid coconut oil instead of jojoba oil.

DIY Moisturizing Body Wash for Dry Skin

Supplies for This DIY Moisturizing Body Wash for Dry Skin

So, before you get started making this moisturizing body wash, you need to do some shopping.  Some items you can find at the grocery store or your local pharmacy.  However, I purchased a lot of my body wash ingredients on Amazon.  I will include those links below if you want to stock up. 

Most of the ingredients for homemade body wash will last you several batches, however, for coconut milk based body wash, you will need a fresh can every time. Here are the items you will need:

  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup Castile soap – I used Dr. Bronner’s
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 3 teaspoons organic jojoba oil
  • 10 – 15 drops essential oil of your choice (I used lavender and mint)

How to Make Your Own Body Wash

Once you have all your ingredients, this easy body wash recipe comes together in only minutes.  Just combine all ingredients in a mason jar.  Gently rock the mason jar back and forth until it is mixed.

You can store this homemade body wash in a mason jar with pump dispenser in the shower for several months.  To use, just apply it to a washcloth or sponge and wash as usual! If you prefer the tub rather than the shower, try my DIY oatmeal lavender milk bath recipe for dry skin. 

Yield: 1 cup

DIY Moisturizing Body Wash for Dry Skin

DIY Moisturizing Body Wash for Dry Skin

Have you ever made homemade body wash? This DIY moisturizing body wash for dry skin will soothe and moisturize and won't cost you a fortune to make!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup Castile soap – I used Dr. Bronner’s
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 3 teaspoons organic jojoba oil
  • 10 – 15 drops essential oil of your choice (I used lavender and mint)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar
  2. Gently rock back and forth until mixed
  3. Store in a mason jar with pump dispenser in the shower
  4. To use, apply to a washcloth or sponge and wash as usual

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Comments

  1. What is the shelf life of this product?

  2. Hello, I appreciate your post sooo much, as a person that suffers from dry skin, I really enjoy your recipe. But, can you tell me what’s the purpose of the light coconut milk? Can I replace it for anything else?
    Than you!!

    • Diane Hoffmaster says

      It is moisturizing for the skin. You can try adding non fat powdered milk and water? Not sure how it would turn out though.

  3. Do you use the canned coconut milk or the kind in a carton that replaces cows milk? They’re very different so I want to make sure I use the right one.

  4. Sandrine GREKOV says

    Hi,

    Concerned by the risk of contamination by adding water in any home made body wash (or beauty product), is it safe to use coconut milk ?
    Could I use coconut oil or fractionned coconut oil instead ?
    Also trying to keep it as inexpensive as possible, could I use olive oil or grapeseed oil instead of jojoba oil ?

    Thank you very much,

    • Diane Hoffmaster says

      I havent tried any of these so I really can’t say how it would turn out. Since it would be very hard for bacteria to grow in soap, I don’t really worry about sterilizing anything but you could always use distilled water from the store I guess?

  5. Hi. I’ve tried to make the DIY Moisturizing Body Wash. I’ve added all the ingredients that u’ve suggested including the essential oils & mixed it in a mason jar. I couldn’t smell any essential oil in the Body Wash. Am I supposed to leave them overnight first?

    • Diane Hoffmaster says

      You can adjust the scent to your liking. Add more essential oils if it isn’t strong enough. However, keep in mind that essential oils are not quite as strong as artificial fragrances would be.

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