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Homemade Body Wash (from bar soap)

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.

I don’t like bar soap. When I moved out into my first apartment and started couponing, body wash was always free. So I bought that and was hooked. My skin felt so soft and never felt like it was coated in that weird residue soap leaves behind. Right now, my body wash stash is getting low. So thank goodness it’s super easy to make homemade body wash from bar soap.

I know, I know. It’s easy enough to go to the store and buy body wash. But have you looked at the prices? Body wash is $7 not on sale and that’s just ridiculous considering you can make your own from bar soap and water.

Well, a bar soap, water, and elbow grease. Because you do have to do a little bit of work for this.

If you didn’t have to do any work, could you really call it homemade?

Homemade Body Wash From Bar Soap

Homemade Body Wash From Bar Soap Supplies:

How To Make Body Wash From Bar Soap:

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.

Use the garlic grater to grate the bar soap into the sauce pan.

Grate 1 ounce of soap for every 1 cup of water.

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.

If you don’t have a garlic grater (which is the finest grate), you can use a cheese grater.

The smaller the flakes, the easier this whole process is, so that’s why I suggest a garlic grater. But honestly, if you only have a cheese grater, that’s fine.

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.

Add your water to the pot.

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.

Heat it on medium-high heat until the soap is completely melted, stirring constantly with the bamboo spoon. The water will look milky and frothy.

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.

Remove the homemade body wash from the heat add a scoop of coconut oil. One teaspoon of coconut oil works best. Too much and this mixture will get really thick and won’t liquify. Mix until the coconut oil melts down completely.

Let the homemade body wash sit to cool at least two hours (I leave it for five hours).

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.

Stick a funnel in the top of your empty container. Carefully pour the liquid into the container.

The homemade body wash will last quite a while, so you can make it ahead of time and then use it when you need body wash. Homemade body wash is just soap, water, and (optional) coconut oil, so it is definitely shelf stable. 

And, in case you’re wondering, DIY body wash does lather up like a store-bought body wash. You still get all the great bubbles that you usually get with body wash, which is nice.

Soap usually takes a bit of effort to make any sort of lather. And if you do like that lather, washing with soap seems to use quite a bit of soap to attain that. So you would think the same would happen with this concoction, but you’d be wrong.

Tips For Making Homemade Body Wash Out Of Bar Soap

One: It really helps to put your homemade body wash into an old body wash container. That way, you’ll know how many ounces of liquid the container was to begin with, so you’ll know how many ounces of water you need to fill it.

You’ll also be recycling, which is one of my favorite pasttimes.

Two: The ratio I’m using is 1 ounce of bar soap to 1 cup (8 ounces) of water. So if you’re reusing a 12 oz. body wash container, that’s 1.5 ounces of bar soap.

I read so many blog posts that were so willy-nilly on the measurements, and that was driving me crazy. So this 1 ounce of body was per 1 cup of water is what I came up with and it has worked well for us every time.

Homemade Body Wash From Bar Soap: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to use coconut oil in Homemade Body Wash?

Let’s talk about the coconut oil for a minute. When I originally made this, I used just soap and water. Which was fine. We used the full bottle without complains. But it did make me feel like I was washing with a thin soap and didn’t make my skin feel as hydrated as it did from store-bought body wash.

So the next time I made it, I added a scoop of coconut oil. And wouldn’t you know, it made a world of difference. The body wash lathered up more, it was thicker, and my skin felt insanely soft after using it.

So honestly, the coconut oil is optional. You can opt out of it and your homemade body wash would be just fine.

But if you choose to use coconut oil, you’ll probably swear by this Homemade Body Wash and never buy store-bought body wash again. The coconut oil really sold me on this at-home concoction.

Can you add essential oils to Homemade Body Wash?

Yes, you can absolutely add essential oils to Homemade Body Wash. You can add either a single essential oil or a blend.

After you pour the homemade body wash into the container with the funnel, add 20 drops of essential oil per 4 oz. of homemade body wash. Shake the body wash to mix the oils in and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Check the scent after it sits and add more essential oils if you prefer.

We don’t do much with essential oils besides adding lavender oil to coconut oil for a soothing lotion, so you’ll have to come up with your own blends.

What happens if Homemade Body Wash is too thick and solid.?

If your body wash comes out too thick, it could be because of the brand of soap you used. Different soaps have different formulas.

If your homemade body wash is thick, add more water and melt it again on the stove.

Another reason is adding the coconut oil too early. You don’t want to add the coconut oil when the sauce pan is on the stove still. If it gets too hot, it will make your body wash thick and solid.

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Yield: 1 Bottle Of Body Wash

Homemade Body Wash (from bar soap)

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.

Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. You just need bar soap, water, coconut oil, and a little bit of patience.

Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Materials

  • 1 oz. bar soap
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Tools

  • Garlic grater
  • Medium sauce pan
  • Bamboo spoon
  • Empty plastic container
  • Funnel

Instructions

    1. Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.Use the garlic grater to grate the bar soap into the sauce pan. Grate 1 ounce of soap for every 1 cup of water.
    2. Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.Add your water to the pot.
    3. Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.Heat it on medium-high heat until the soap is completely melted, stirring constantly with the bamboo spoon. The water will look milky and frothy.
    4. Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.Remove the homemade body wash from the heat add a scoop of coconut oil. Let the homemade body wash sit to cool at least two hours (I leave it for five hours).
    5. Making Homemade Body Wash from bar soap is so easy. Find out how at www.drugstoredivas.net.Stick a funnel in the top of your empty container. Carefully pour the liquid into the container.

Would you make this homemade body wash? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

mark bill

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

This is so awesome and so helpful, especially for those who love DIYs and knowing what ingredients are in their beauty and skincare. Keep up the great work.

Evelyn Bundrage

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Ivory soap bars do not make good body wash. No matter how much water is added. It is thick after cooling. Tried the mixer. It is not working.

drugstore diva lisa

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

That's good to know. I've never actually tried Ivory. This is Dove in the images and you can see that worked great. I've used some others too, but never Ivory. Did you add coconut oil to it?

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