Homemade Citrus Body Wash

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

Today I'm sharing with you a new DIY product that I am loving–a Homemade Body Wash.

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 this homemade body wash in the shower.

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

Actually, I don't think the foaming soap cleans well enough in the shower, so I needed something new anyway.

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.

Perhaps it was that bathrooms are a breeding ground for mold, since I am very very sensitive?

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 homemade 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 Homemade Body Wash?

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

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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!


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 Starwest Botanicals or at Amazon using the links in the formula.

3.  For the essential oils, you can read this series to find out why I went with the company that I did.  For more information on how I chose this company, see my series, “Which Essential Oils Company is ‘Best'”, or go to the end of the series here.

4.  Please note that it is best to only make a small amount of this body wash at a time as it is water-based. Otherwise, please choose an appropriate broad-spectrum preservative.  I will be writing about this more in the future.

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




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

What do you use in the shower?

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  1. Joni Severson says:

    Hi there – LOVING your site!!! I would like to make this for my pre-teen son. He currently uses an all natural body wash, but it is SO darn expensive. He has severe peanut & tree nut allergies and breaks out when using products containing shea butter (a tree nut). I found quite some time ago an olive oil based (non tree nut) castille soap so I have all the ingredients except the shea. Do you have any suggestions on what to use in place of the shea? Thank you in advance for your help.

  2. Hello. I thought I would let you know that while guar gum is an all natural product, xanthan gum is not. It is actually made in a lab. If people are looking to go the all natural approach it would be best to stick to the recipe as given.

  3. I saw another recipe and the lady used peppermint oil, which is good for follicle stimulation and as a preservative.

  4. You may have said this before, but is there a reason why you don’t just use Dr. Bronner’s on it’s own? I currently use the liquid version and I am interested to hear your opinion/thoughts on it. Thanks so much! 🙂

  5. Adrienne,
    I’ve tried homemade body was recipes in the past and they’ve left a reside on my skin that feels sticky. I’ve read that it may be because the water in my house is ‘hard’ but not all soaps have this effect. Does this wash leave your skin feeling smooth and clean?

    • I really like it. I would think it would be more likely that softened water would do it but I don’t know for sure. I know hard water makes my hair more wavy. Hope you enjoy it if you try it!

  6. Hi
    I am looking for a home business idea. I love shower gels, soaps and aromatherapy oils. How long can we store these? Is it safe to sell them? If so how long does it last?

  7. Hi Adrienne, I was wondering about the shelf life of your product and read that you were not too sure about it. I had an idea : I put a little amount of the product in a closed mason jar, and also in an opaque jar. My plan is to check them every month or every couple of weeks. I could share the results with you if you want. The other thing to do if you want to extend the shelf life, is to keep it in a dispenser instead of container that you need to open every time.
    The other thing you maybe interested in, is that I tried xanthan and guar gums in the same amount : the result was a thicker product for the one with guar gum ( but not too thick, just perferct thick), and a bit too liquid for the xanthan one. Maybe you should adjust the amount of xanthan gum in the recipe itself instead of the notes. Just a suggestion for the impatient readers like me who read the notes afterwards. 🙂

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

  9. 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..

  10. 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,

  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?