Domestic Diva: Homemade Body Wash

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  1. Michelle
    March 30, 2012

    I made this with Olay bar soap and it never thickened up. Even after sitting over night. It still look s like soapy water. Help!

    • Chris
      April 5, 2012

      With Oil of Olay soap you can only use 1 cup of water to 1 bar of soap. I’ve already tried the Oil of Olay using another recipe that I had and it was way to thin too. The recipe I had called for 2 cups of water per bar of soap, which works great with Dove but not with Oil of Olay.

      What I ended up doing is putting the mixture back over med/low heat on the stove and adding another bar of Oil of Olay soap and the next morning after it had cooled off it was the right consistency for bath wash and it does still soap up and work well like this.

      With Dove soap it is 2 cups of water for each bar of soap and once it has cooled it will be the right consistency. With both of these I used the 4.25 size of soap. Hope this helps.

      • Debrah Lovell
        April 19, 2014

        SO….with Dove, you use 2 cups of water per bar instead of the gallon for 8 ounces?

  2. Paula
    April 29, 2012

    I made some with Zest and water, now it is like stringy marshmallow cream! I really dont want to throw it out, I have added more water to it, any ideas!
    thank You!

    • Erin
      August 6, 2012

      I had the same thing happen with Dial…I ended up tossing it because i couldn’t’ get it out of the containers LOL

  3. Michelle
    May 23, 2012

    I got an idea but i dunno if its good one its a long process but i heard rose water is also good for skin. Again i cant recommend this for all soaps because all soaps arent created equal. I would want to use this recipe but instead of regular water use rosewater and dove soap. My skin is sooo dry and wrinkled im only 26.

  4. jennifer
    June 23, 2012

    ? I like this recipe . Where can I find the oils to put in the body wash . Like mint n lavender oil . N jojoba oil .

    • Lorrie
      June 24, 2012

      should be able to find at the Health food stores, an essential oil, just make sure you can use on skin (which normally you can)

  5. Cassie Glover
    July 25, 2012

    I put in only 1 tbs. of glycerin on accident. I used the largest measuring spoon on the ring and didn’t realize it was the 1/2 tbs. Do you think my whole batch is messed up?

  6. Cassie Glover
    July 26, 2012

    Also wondering how much essential oil to use. I must not have put enought because it just smells soapy.

  7. Linda
    August 6, 2012

    Using bar soap instead of body wash it tends to dry my skin out terribly. Does this recipe do that since it is using bar soap? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

    • Betsy
      August 6, 2012

      I had a terrible time with this recipe even though I followed it to the letter. It came out entirely too watery, so I basically doubled the recipe minus more water. I tried it for the first time today and it left my skin feeling tight, dry and filmy. I used pure castille soap. I refuse to abandon, so I will probably be adding some natural moisturizers to my body wash. Luckily, I always have coconut oil on hand, so tight, dry and filmy didn’t last long. :)

  8. Sean
    August 13, 2012

    I tried this recipe over the weekend with Lever bar soap and now I have a glob of soap sitting in a stock pot full of water. I have tried stirring it together but it just won’t mix. Any ideas on how to get soap and water to mix together?

    • Marci
      January 13, 2013

      I put mine in the blender, and that helped make it more uniform and a better consistency.

  9. Hayley
    November 1, 2012

    I used two bars of Tom’s soap and so far it’s thickening very well. In fact, it’s almost perfectly solidified and it’s only been five hours. I also used distilled water and vegetable glycerin (not sure how much of a difference that would make).

  10. Judy
    November 19, 2012

    I have not made body soap but do plan on making it …

  11. Danielle
    November 25, 2012

    Can you store the mix in a jar such as a mason jar and use for gifts?

  12. Linda
    December 4, 2012

    I think this handmade recipe it’s awesome! Used with phthalates-free fragrances or essential oils even better.

  13. dawn
    December 4, 2012

    this is neat going to try this

  14. Carrissa Renninger
    December 9, 2012

    I know this is soap, but with essentials oils in it, does it tend to seperate when stored? Good Idea though for gifts! :)

  15. Corrine
    December 26, 2012

    I have seen this same recipe with 16 cups of water & with 6 cups of water. I am confused.

  16. Sandy
    January 6, 2013

    Can coconut oil or shea butter be added and still make it sudsy? if so How much of either? I tried another receipe on another site just like your receipe and added some coconut oil but it doesn’t suds up. Any suggestions?

  17. heather
    January 11, 2013

    I can’t wait to try this and save some money. Wish me luck ;-)

  18. Jennifer
    January 31, 2013

    I used a 6oz glycerine soap with 2 tbs glycerine and water. I never got the “thick” or “snotty” effect. After 24 hours I added enough water to make the consistency of body wash and used my hand blender. Oh, and I added some perfume to it. We’ll see what happens.

  19. Jennifer
    January 31, 2013

    So my body wash is more the consistence of gazpacho. It doesn’t work with a poof, so I’ll try a wash cloth next time. It does smell wonderful though.

    • Jennifer
      February 2, 2013

      It smells wonderful, but it’s so thin I end up using a lot. I’m gonna make another batch with an unscented soap (very allergic to most scents) and then add what I made. I’m determined to make this work :)

  20. Nakoa
    March 7, 2013

    I used dial glycerine bars and mine turned out great. I did not add glycerine since it was already in the bars.

  21. Libby’s Library
    March 9, 2013

    I’m going to try this, using perfume instead of scented oil.
    Now if you can come up with a “recipe” for Home Made Scented Powder, I’ll be set!
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    • Brenda
      May 10, 2013

      Libby’s Library, going to look you up on twitter. Was wondering if you ever happened upon a powder or lotion homemade recipe as well? Would love to make my own body wash but I also like having matching fragrances via powder & lotion…just wandering! Thanking you in advance! ~Brenda

  22. Dawn
    April 18, 2013

    Very cool! Will have to try this! :)
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  23. Jenni E.
    April 20, 2013

    I love making my own things like this. Can’t wait to try this recipe out, thanks for sharing!

  24. Amanda
    June 18, 2013

    I’ve never tried making homemade soap and would probably mess it up. It might make great holiday gifts though.
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  25. tiffany
    July 19, 2013

    i made this yesterday. woke up had a solid body was. so i added a little water stirred it threw it in my blender. mixed for a bit. put it in a gallon jug. i used half of a 7oz bar n cut back the water. so far so good. fixing to use it!

  26. Chariti Putnam
    July 19, 2013

    Help! Second time making this with oil of Olay, too watery, so I added a total of 5 bars and 2 dove bars too. No had to do this last time also, but it worked. Problem though, it expanded so much I the milk jugs and bottles I put it in that it exploded out of the top after a week or two, I vented bottles also, any helpful ideas?

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