How to Make Your Own Bath & Body Wash

Make your own bath and body wash will natural ingredients and your favorite essential oils.

Are you a fan of bath & body wash? When I was a young teenager I found a product called Vitabath. I really loved that way it smells and the way it made my skin feel. Not dry and tacky like most bar soap. Ever since then I stopped using bar soap. Now there are a ton of products on the market and I have bought many. One of my favorites is from an English company called Molton Brown. It smells wonderful but it is also very expensive so I thought it would be fun to create my own bath wash. After a little research and practice this is what I came up with:


  • 8 oz. Dr Bronner’s Unscented Pure Castile Soap
  • 1 teaspoons Jojoba Oil
  • 150 drops of Essential Oils
  • 3 capsules of Vitamin E 400 iu

The Process

It couldn’t be easier. Pick up some castile liquid soap. Add some carrier oils for extra moisturizing effect and scent it with your favorite oils. I like it to be highly scented so I used around 150 drops in total. You may find more or less works better for you, as everyone’s taste is different and the strength of each essential oil varies. If you just want to craft and aren’t too concern about the product being all natural you could use fragrance oils. It’s a fun way to experiment with scents just like the perfume oil project I wrote about a few weeks ago. I really like the way it turned out. The final product does not foam up like commercial products, but it does have a really nice silky quality that I like, and it’s nice to know I’m using natural ingredients on my skin.


Many people added honey to their bath wash in addition to a carrier oil. Some used olive oil or grapeseed oil and some added glycerin to make the consistency thicker, more like a shower gel.

One final note: I did find some separation after a while at the top of the bottle. I just shake it up before using. 

Disclaimer/Safey issues: This information is for educational purposes only. Essential oils have a range of safely issues such as warnings about use during pregnancy and keeping out of reach from children. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns or a qualified and expert practitioner. Additionally  there are many places on the web with detailed information regarding toxicity and other safety related concerns. One such article can be found here.

If you like the label I made you should check out my post on botanical prints. There are so many beautiful prints online that are free to use on all your projects. Also, I buy a lot of my products on Amazon. Here’s list of some that I have used for this project.


Homemade Bath & Body Wash ~

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Marcia Harrison says:

    Hi, can’t seem to find the actual instructions for making the 10 top things to make with essential oils, everything I click on only seems to take me to a photo, albeit lovely, but still no instructions. Would love to have a go at making some of these things if you can direct me how to get there.
    Regards from down under,

  2. Marcia Harrison says:

    OK scrub that (no pun intended) seems I have the instructions now. Maybe I had to give my email address before the instructions came up??!?
    Regards again from down under,

    • Hi Marcia,
      Sorry that you had trouble with the post. You should have been able to click on the title or the photo?? I have no idea why that didn’t work for you. You should no have to enter your email address to reach the posts either. I’ll have to look into this problem further. I hope you enjoy making some of them. Let me know if you have any other problems and have a great day.

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