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The Best DIY Natural Body Wash For Aging Skin

natural body wash sitting on a shelf in a bathtub and being pumped out onto a washcloth

Why Natural Body Wash Is Better For Aging Skin

There are plenty of less-than-pleasant side effects that go hand-in-hand with getting older. Over the past few years, one that I’ve been battling constantly is dry skin. My skin craves moisture these days, so I’ve had to make certain changes to my normal routines in order to keep my skin happy.

But I recently made a change to my shower routine that has made a big difference in terms of keeping my skin hydrated! And it couldn’t have been easier either—I simply ditched my store-bought body wash for a moisturizing body wash of my own making!

Featuring simple ingredients like castile soap, coconut oil, and honey, this body wash is packed with moisturizers and humectants that help skin absorb and retain moisture. It’s also ridiculously easy to make, and totally customizable based on your personal needs and preferences!

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adding essential oil to a DIY natural body wash

For instance, I used geranium essential oil in this recipe because it’s so good for aging skin. But you could easily substitute another skin-friendly essential oil (lavender oil is a great option) if you feel so inclined!

So if you’ve been thinking about switching up your shower routine for whatever reason, I urge you to give this homemade body wash a try. This natural formula works beautifully for all skin types, including oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, and everything in between. I know you’ll love it just as much as I do! :-)

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How To Make A Moisturizing DIY Natural Body Wash

ingredients for making a DIY natural body wash

Ingredients:

3/4 cup castile soap
3/4 cup fractionated coconut oil*
1/2 cup raw honey
15 drops geranium essential oil

*Note: I like using FCO here because it’s really moisturizing without being too heavy, but feel free to use whatever carrier oil you like! Learn more about carrier oils here.

pouring the ingredients for a natural body washing into a large brown jar

Directions:

Combine the castile soap, coconut oil, honey, and essential oils in a bowl or container and mix well. Transfer to an airtight container for storage.

woman holding a bottle of DIY natural body wash

I normally prefer to store anything with essential oils in a glass container, but since glass and showers don’t mix, I opted for this plastic pump bottle instead.

squirting natural body wash onto a washcloth

To use your homemade body wash, give the bottle a good shake before dispensing to account for any separation that may occur over time. Use liberally and often for softer, more hydrated skin!

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natural body wash sitting on a shelf in a bathtub and being pumped out onto a washcloth

Moisturizing DIY Natural Body Wash

Jill Nystul
This simple, all natural body wash is the best switch you can make for dry or aging skin.
Yield 16 ounces

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup castile soap
  • 3/4 cup fractionated coconut oil or carrier oil of choice
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 15 drops geranium essential oil or lavender oil

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ingredients and store in an airtight container.
  • Shake before using.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Hi Jillee, thank you for the suggestion, but I have found that there are several, low-cost moisturizing body washes on the market that have been working well for me for years, and I am in my 80s. Dove has a wonderful moisturizing body wash, which is especially meant for those of us who have very sensitive skin. I have a chronic, idiopathic, urticaria. Which means hives that show up for no apparent reason and disappear in 20 to 40 minutes, only to show up again.
    Being “long in the tooth,” I have no patience for the process of making my own body wash, when Dove, or the store brand, that is just the same as Dove’s Sensitive Skin Body wash works for me.
    I hope that you do not take offense, but while I love your recipes, even if I have to change them for my husband’s gluten intolerance, but taking the time to search for the ingredients for homemade shampoos, body washes, etc. is just too time consuming, especially with the COVID 19, making shopping more difficult. We only go to the grocery store and I go to my local pharmacy for skin and hair products.

  • I make my own soap(not melt and pour). Olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, jojoba, kukui oil, Shea butter, and essential oils of my liking. I use frankincense and myrrh. Whole Foods has zum bars that are good. Once you try you won’t buy regular bar soap again.

  • Why would glass and showers not mix? I use a small and a large glass-stopper bottle for my rye flour and apple cider vinegar when I wash my hair. I suppose I could understand the concern about breakage (especially in a tile shower) but grip is not an issue with the rim around the necks, and the glass is very thick. Of course these would not accommodate a pump but a glass pump bottle would just sit on a ledge or shelf while the soap was being pumped out. One of the first things I did when I decided to declutter and beautify my shower area was to get rid of as many plastic bottles as I could (not all as my husband’s shampoo is a different story).

    Otherwise this looks like an interesting recipe. I’ve tried honey shampoo but it was too heavy, so maybe honey on my skin would be worth trying!

      • Well, I didn’t give a thumbs down and I can’t speak for others, but after an experience with my college-age daughter, I won’t have glass near the tub ever again. She did drop a glass jar in the cast-iron tub. It shattered instantly, slicing her across the foot, and I had to run her to get stitches. When we got home from the *first* trip to the doctor, I went to clean up the bathtub and it looked like a murder scene. You think “that’ll never happen” but it sure does.

  • Great idea. I use the citrus castile soap and add grapefruit essential oil to it to help tone and tighten the skin. I also use your oil cleansing method for my face and neck, and rub it on areas that are dry or rash-prone. I tried the link to Amazon for the pump bottle but it didn’t work. Thanks for the post!

  • You can greatly improve dry skin by taking Omega supplements (essential fatty acids). Most people need Omega-3 due to the Standard American Diet being so high in damaging Omega-6 and their balance/ratio is off. If you eat organic and healthy with a lot of variety including fish, you may need to take a combination of Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9. Most dry skin comes from the inside due to lack of ingesting healthy oils/fats, not a lack of moisture on the outside.

  • Hi Jillie, I live in Turkey and there are some things we are unable to get i.e. castille soap for excample. I love the idea of making your own body wash for older skin and am wondering what I can use instead. Any ideas. Many thanks for all your tips, I have tried several and have been very pleased.

  • after showering and before and after sleeping, I use coconut oil on my face and neck. Also, on any rashes, sores, cuts etc. It helps the healing process. My 18 year old cat, tiggers, loves to eat it out of my palm. I think it has helped him live longer and he has beautiful, soft fur.

    • Don’t you just love coconut oil! So many uses! My cat loves coconut oil too! Her name is Indy and she’s 15 years old. I think she’s a coconut oil addict! LOL No matter where she is in the house, in the evening when I go into the bathroom to wash my face she’s comes running in beside me and patiently waits for me to put a small dab on her nose.

    • It looks as though Jillee has used a very low percentage of lavender in the body wash, and lavender is one of the very few essential oils that you can use on young children so if you were thinking of making this for your kids, Laura, the concentration of lavender ought to be OK. When I used to make and sell natural skincare and soap, my Cosmetic Safety Chemist restricted me to products for children over the age of three years only so if the children are older, it should be fine :)

  • This is a great idea. We normally just use castile soap diluted with water, but this is so much more emollient. We might not even use less {homemade} lotion with this formula. I’m mixing up a batch of this TODAY!
    I like to keep my castile soap in the orginal bottle with the squirt top – Do you think the consistency will still work with the squirt top?

    • I made this and tried for a few days…. I did have to tweak it a little but I really like it ( I just needed slightly less oil). I also used it to wash my hair & love it for that too – I love multi-taskers. I’m an AA naturalista and I would love to share this with fellow natural haired friends. Would you mind?

  • With the addition of oil to the castille soap, does it make the tub/shower slippery? I love the concept here but don’t like leaving a slippery surface.

    Thank you, Jillee! I’ve been a daily reader for a long time and have been using many of your ideas!

  • I have a little different recipe that I absolutely love. 5 oz castile, 2 oz honey, 2 tbsp carrier oil – I use almond or jojoba., top it off with a teaspoon of vitamin e oil, and add your personal touch of essential oils. I love castile and honey based body wash. May switch up when I run out and try these proportions. Jillee, thank you for your wonderful skin care posts!

    • Hi I just used this after making it using Donna’s proportions only because I didn’t have big enough container. I repurposed a pump bottle for hand soap by a company that uses EOs. I used Dr Bonner’s hemp Castile soap and should have probably diluted it first…but although my skin feels dry on the inside, it’s soft on the outside…probably dehydrated & need more water! Anyway thank you Jillie for the inspiration! I have quite a few of your pages bookmarked to try later!

  • I love this idea. With all the hype about body washes I’m really glad to find one that’s fairly cheap to make. Ive also had sensitive skin for years and have been limited to using Dove, and lately its been unscented. I agree some of the scented ones are too harsh for my skin.

    • I definitely want to try this using the Lavender esssential oil. I do have an old Geranium oil. It’s also kind of a hard one to find in stores.

  • My daughter has sensitive skin. I plan on making this for her and trying it out myself too. I love the glass jar in the picture. Where can I purchase it?

  • Hi Jillee!
    Your blog inspired me to start making my own natural room sprays, air fresheners and now, possibly body wash and shampoos. I live in the Philippines but have found local sources for Castile Soap and essential oils. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction towards a chemical-free and much healthier household. Am looking forward to more tips and recipes from you. :)

    • Pinky, I also live in the Philippines….where have you found the Castile soap? Also,what essential oil company are you using. I have a few that I brought from the states, but will need more soon. :)

  • Ooh, I like this one! I’ve had sensitive skin since I was a child. For years, I’ve been restricted to one brand of bath wash and one scent. Now, I can make my own, without unfriendly chemicals, perhaps vary the scent, and have clean, healthy, soft skin!

    Thank you, tons, Jillee!

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