How to Make Natural Essential Oil Body Wash

Body wash is an essential component of many people’s bathing routines. But many of us don’t pay attention to the ingredients that our favorite body washes contain. You may be putting your long-term health at risk by using washes with dangerous endocrine disruptors or other types of chemicals.

Essential oil body wash offers a better way to keep yourself clean. In addition to being all-natural, these products offer a number of benefits that make them seriously worth considering. 

Keep reading to learn more about essential oil body wash and to find some DIY recipes that you can make right at home.

If you’re ready to shop for DIY essential oil body wash ingredients now, consider the following:

Can you put essential oils in body wash?

Yes, you can absolutely add essential oils to your body wash. They contain numerous nutrients that can support the needs of diverse types of skin. Essential oils can also infuse your body wash with the pleasing, natural scent of a wide variety of ingredients, including tea tree, lavender, and sweet orange.

As you shop for the right essential oils for your body wash, be sure to consider what your skin needs. This should influence the types of oil that you purchase.

For example, people with dry skin will receive the most benefits from essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood. People with oily skin, on the other hand, will get the most out of sage, rosemary, geranium, and several other types of essential oils.

Is essential oil body wash better than brand-name body wash?

Many of us care deeply about what we put into our bodies. But we sometimes forget that what we put on our bodies matters just as much. This principle forms the basis of why essential oil body wash tends to be better for you than brand-name body wash.

Most brand-name body washes are loaded with harmful chemicals and preservatives. When applied to the skin, these are absorbed into the bloodstream and can negatively impact both hormone levels and someone’s overall health.

The risks are especially prevalent in the United States, where just 11 substances have been banned from use in skincare and cosmetic products. Compare that to the more than 1,300 that have been banned in Europe.

If health isn’t reason enough to make the switch to an essential oil body wash, financial savings might be. Homemade body wash tends to be much cheaper than store-bought options.

For example, we sell our Wellness Maker Body Wash Kit for $24. It includes everything that you need to create a 6-month supply of skin-nourishing essential oil body wash. That’s much less than what you spend for the same amount of product at the store.

Essential oil body wash can also be customized to meet your exact skincare needs and scent preferences. This type of personalization can never be found through store-bought body wash.

How do you make body wash with essential oils?

There are a variety of recipes that you can follow to create essential oil body wash. But most of them follow the same general format.

The first step in the process is to gather your ingredients. This is what you typically need:

The creation process is often as straightforward as simply putting the ingredients into a bowl and mixing them together. More detailed recipes and instructions for making them are included below.

If you’re searching for a kit that will provide you with everything you need to make essential-oil based skincare products, consider purchasing our Wellness Maker Beauty Kit.

Can I add peppermint oil to my body wash? What does that do?

Peppermint oil can be an excellent addition to your body wash. It’s a natural skin-cleanser with both antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Peppermint oil also has a cooling effect, which can do wonders for irritated or inflamed skin.

Just make sure that you don’t overdo it. Peppermint oil is highly concentrated. You only need a few drops of it to enjoy the benefits it can offer your skin.

Using too much peppermint oil in your body wash can worsen the problems that you were trying to solve, as it can cause irritation or even a rash when used in excess.

8 unique essential oil body wash formulas 

1. Honey & Coconut Body Wash


  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of castile soap
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vitamin E
  • 10-15 drops each of eucalyptus, sweet orange, and grapefruit essential oils


  1. Place the coconut oil into a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the essential oils, vitamin E, and honey, then whisk to mix.
  3. Slowly add the castile soap to avoid creating suds.
  4. Transfer to a bottle for disposal, shake before using.

This blend is an excellent choice for individuals with acne-prone skin, as coconut oil is a highly-effective pore cleanser. The essential oils and honey add numerous skin-supporting benefits that will help you both feel and smell your best.

2. Green Tea Body Wash


  • 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons of green tea leaves
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 1/2 cup of castile soap
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey


  1. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan, stirring in the green tea leaves gradually. Allow simmering for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the shea butter and allow to melt. Then, turn off the heat.
  3. Wait for the mixture to cool, then add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Mix together with a whisk then transfer to the dispenser of your choice.

This body wash recipe takes full advantage of the skin nutrients present in green tea leaves. These include antioxidants, flavonoids, and catechins, which combine to make skin look smoother and counteract the effects of harmful UV rays.

3. Easy Shea Butter Body Wash



  1. Melt the shea butter in a saucepan on low heat
  2. Place the melted shea butter into a bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir together until mixed before transferring to the dispenser of your choice.

This mixture is ultra-moisturizing and an excellent choice for people with dry skin. Consider using lavender essential oil in the recipe to add even more nourishing qualities for your dry skin. It will help to reduce inflammation, redness, and irritation throughout your skin.

4. Moisturizing Citrus Body Wash


  • 1/2 cup of liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of vitamin E
  • 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin (to thicken)
  • 2 tablespoons of almond oil
  • 20-40 drops of sweet orange or lemon essential oils


  1. Place the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Use a whisk to mix together.
  3. Transfer to the dispenser of your choice.

This simple body wash mixture will provide you with an uplifting, fragrant start to your day. Its jojoba oil offers anti-inflammatory properties while the vitamin E will work to moisturize your skin and fight back against the effects of age.

5. Refreshing Lavender Body Wash


  • 1/2 cup of liquid castile soap
  • 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil


  1. Place the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Use a whisk to mix together thoroughly.
  3. Transfer to the dispenser of your choice.

Lavender infuses this easy body wash recipe with a relaxing quality that makes it the ideal choice for your end-of-day bathing routine. It will also work to reduce acne, lighten your skin, and may even reduce wrinkles.

6. All-Natural Moisturizing Body Wash


  • 50-60 drops of the essential oils of your choice
  • 2/3 cup of castile soap
  • 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vitamin E
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey


  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together until mixed thoroughly.
  3. Place into the dispenser of your choice. Shake before each use.

Honey, castile soap, and jojoba oil combine to make this body wash an excellent moisturizer. You’ll also get to customize the scent and nutrient properties of this recipe by selecting your favorite essential oil.

7. Invigorating Peppermint-Eucalyptus Body Wash



  1. Place the ingredients together into a bowl.
  2. Whisk together until mixed thoroughly.
  3. Transfer to the dispenser of your choice and shake before using.

The unique combination of essential oils in this body wash will awaken you in the morning to prepare you for the day. Collectively, the oils will cleanse your skin, soothe irritation, and reduce acne while also providing you with antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

8. Rose Water Body Wash



  1. Add the ingredients together into the dispenser of your choice.
  2. Shake vigorously to mix.

This rose-focused body wash offers an appealing scent and several important skin-nourishing benefits. It can hydrate your skin, clear away acne, reduce signs of aging, and even reduce the appearance of scars.