Homemade Citrus Body Wash

Trying to get the toxins out of your personal care products and save money?  This Refreshing Citrus Body Wash is easy to make, inexpensive, and smells great! Time to ditch the

For years I’ve been trying to get toxins out of our home by either buying natural personal care and home care products, or making my own homemade versions of them.  I’ve made my own homemade hair spray, nourishing hair rinse, and eye makeup remover, but one of the things that eluded for for along time was a body wash.

I have always been more of a “bar of soap” kind of gal but recently I have really been enjoying using a body wash in the shower.

Today I have a body wash recipe to share with you that I am really pleased with.

Like I said, I’ve always used bars of soap, or my Homemade Foaming Soap, but now I think I am sold on body wash.

I’ve never really liked showering.  I think I held the record for the fastest shower taker when I lived with a household of 10 gals in college.

Something about the heat and dampness made me want to be done and out of the shower.

But since I’ve been trying to make my bathroom routine a little more “special”, I’ve been enjoying showering more.

Maybe I’m a little more clean as a result, hmmmm?

Maybe I should call this post “Why I Like Being In the Shower Now”.

Anyway, a reader shared her recipe for body wash with me.  I needed to monkey with it a bit, but now you get to make this wonderfully-smelling, luxurious body wash for yourself.

Move over, body shop stores.

Why make your own personal care products?

1.  Avoid harmful chemicals – use only natural ingredients and fragrances.
2.  Reuse containers and reduce waste
3.  Save money (one of my favorite reasons :-))!

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1.  I used guar gum, but my reader used xanthan gum and said 1 tsp worked for her.  1 tsp guar gum made the mixture overly thick.  I saw recipes online calling for 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, but I just didn’t have xanthan gum in the house so I didn’t try it.

2.  You can buy most of these ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs, and if they are still listed, I have Essential Oils at cost on my Natural Store Page.

3.  I think other essential oil blends would be great as well.  As I find ones I like I hope to share them.

I love the smell and texture of this wash and I hope you do as well.

My son said, after smelling it, “Boy, Mom.  You make some really good smelling stuff!  And some really good tasting stuff too!”

What a sweetheart!

More Natural DIY Personal Care Products:

Jojoba Face Wash
Rose Water Spray
“The Best” Eye Makeup Remover
Easiest Deodorant Ever
Simple Nourishing Hand and Body Lotion
Nourishing Sugar Scrub
Nourishing Lip Scrub

Do you use natural hair care products?

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  1. love this body wash, in the summer you could use different essential oils. I thought it had great latherlather, this will always be my go to recipe!!

  2. Where do you get the bottles you use for this?

  3. I just want to say thank you for sharing this recipe! I made some a while ago and have been loving it. It feels so soft and silky on my skin, lathers very nicely, and does not seem to diminish in sudsiness or consistency over time, as some other recipes I’ve tried did. I even shave with the suds still on my skin sometimes, and it works as well as any shaving cream I’ve ever used! Planning to make some as gifts for family this Christmas, too. :)

  4. Nice idea but the posts says “use only natural ingredients” but xanthan gum is typically genetically modified. That’s not a natural ingredient.

    • Hey there. I didn’t know xanthan was typically gmo so thanks for enlightening me. I assume you could get a non gmo one or use the guar or even gelatin or agar. Thanks!

  5. Do you have to use the gum? I have everything else for this recipe and would like to make it without having to buy another ingredient.

  6. would like to try this recipe for body wash. I read one that required vegetable glycerine. How would I use the veg glycerine in your recipe?

  7. Vida Pacheco says:

    I was wondering, do you think I could use coconut oil instead of the shea butter?

  8. I tried making this body wash today (in Rosemary Mint, smells wonderful!) and followed your recipe with the 3/4 tsp guar gum and subbed in extra shea butter for the cocoa butter. I used my blender to mix, and waited all day for the foaminess to settle – but it never did. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I guess I can still use it as an “already foamed” body wash, but I had meant to give it as a gift and it’s a little strange that it’s already foamy. Thanks!

  9. Love this! We just recently started using homemade products over store bought, so cannot wait to try this and add it to my collection of recipes!

  10. I must try this one and compare it to the other recipe I found. I found a recipe somewhere on the net for body wash which uses jojoba oil, water, Castile soap, vegetable glycerine and essential oil. The only problem I had is the small amount of shea and cocoa butter I put in (melted) solidified on the mix cooling. Any one got any ideas on how to minimise this? I have also done a batch up where I replaced the Castile Soap (because I ran out) with Soap nut liquid it actually foamed up nicely.

  11. I’ve made this about 3 times and every time I do, it comes out clumpy. It still works good but I’d rather it not be like that. Am I doing something wrong?

  12. I love the sound of your homemade body wash and I was wondering if you use anything to bind the ingredients together. Or is that the purpose of the Guar Gum?
    I made a body wash the other day and used a tiny amount of water with xantham gum and it turned out lovely, however, after a few days it became very runny and wonder what could have gone wrong.
    I used liquid castille soap, ricebran oil, a little bit of water, vitamin e and some essential oils. I’m sure I got the percentages right as it was great on the day I made it.
    Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you in advance.
    Warmest regards,

    • The guar is very similar to xanthan. Rice bran will not bind as well as the gums – hope that helps :).

      • Thanks Adrienne. I did reply via email but after looking at your recipe again, I will now replace the rice bran oil with shea butter.
        Just one more question. When you look at the body wash after a few days not shaking it, does it look separated?
        Thanks again.
        Warmest regards,

  13. Emulsifying wax will combine the oil and water as to not seperate if using anything water based with oil..but add a little amount..also for thickness kelp powder again add a small amount.. vegetable glycerin is the secret to suds.. but again only add a small amount..like half a tsp..

  14. Rosemarie says:

    Have you ever used cocoa butter instead, and if so how did it turn out and how did you do it?