Simple 2 Ingredient Body Wash

You will love this simple, inexpensive, skin-nourishing body wash that uses only two ingredients but creates a lush and creamy lather.

If you know me a bit you might also know that I love making things myself. I have been on the hunt for a really good body wash for a while.

I have been testing different popular body wash recipes but wasn’t really happy with any one of them.

But now, I would love to share with you the most simple but creamy body wash!

The best part? It only has two ingredients! Yes, you read that right!

Now if you like you can always add in a bit more and I will give you those options below.

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Let me introduce the ingredients:

castile soap jojoba oil

Baby Unscented Pure Castile Liquid Soap

This is my favorite liquid castille soap. It doesn’t have much of a scent and is very gentle to your skin. I mean it’s made for babies … Thus it works really well for even the most sensitive skin.

It is made from organic, fair-trade ingredients but no harsh chemicals. Even though it is gentle enough for babies, it is not tear-free! Just keep that in mind!

You can easily find the baby unscented castille soap in most grocery stores or online. I suggest you get a small amount first (unless you already have some at home) and see how you like this body wash. If you like it as much as I do, I recommend you go big for more savings. You might even be lucky and be able to find this in bulk in your area.

However, even this soap can be a bit drying which is why I have added the second ingredient:

Jojoba Oil

This is my preferred choice of oil. Jojoba oil is most similar to your body’s own sebum (oil).

Amongst other properties, jojoba oil is moisturizing, antibacterial, antioxidant, non-comedogenic, wound-healing, and soothing to your skin.

Exactly what I would like to find in a body wash.

I have tried other oil such as fractioned coconut oil but that didn’t work so well. It somehow created a thicker consistency that was hard to get out of the bottle.

You might experiment with almond oil or other oils here – however, I have not tried that so I can’t tell you how well those work.

I recommend that you get the best jojoba oil that you can afford. Which means organic, fair-trade, and cold-pressed. I admit that for this post I had the Trader Joe’s brand on hand which is a fine choice but there are better ones. See what suits your wallet and needs best.

How to make:

As I strive to create a zero-waste bathroom, I hoard collect empty glass bottles, especially those with pump tops. An empty 4 oz bottle if perfect for this body wash.

All you do is fill your bottle about halfway with the Castille soap and halfway with jojoba oil.

Place the pump top or lid back on the bottle and give it a good shake. That’s all! Done. Now you have your 2-ingredient homemade body wash! Don’t you love how simple and easy this is?

empty glass bottle, castile soap, jojoba oil

Customize by adding essential oils

We all love essential oils and there are a gazillion ways to use them. Adding them to your homemade body wash is one of them.

You could add them just for a nice scent. Lavender essential oil is great for that. Or lemon or grapefruit essential oils for a fresh kick (think your morning shower).

If you prefer a more woodsy, masculine scent, you could add pine or eucalyptus essential oil.

Whatever your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend, they all work well in this body wash.

You can also use essential oils for a more therapeutic effect. Lavender essential oil is healing and soothing. Any essential oil from the citrus family is stimulating, lymph-supporting, and cleansing.

For a 4 oz bottle of your homemade body wash, I suggest 15-20 drops of essential oils. They are widely available, however, my favorite brand is Plant Therapy (you can order directly from the company or through amazon).

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How to use

Simply add a few squirts or drops of your homemade body wash onto your hands and work it into a lather. You’ll love the rich sudsy foam that cleanses your body, leaves is feeling nourished but not oily.

This also works great for shaving since it is so rich and lathery!

I am still amazed at how simple yet effective this is! Now it’s your turn:

homemade body wash

Shop the ingredients:

Baby unscented castille soap

Jojoba oil

Essential oils here or here

Let me know all your comments and questions below!

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  1. May I ask if it makes the tub slippery after use? I have someone none too steady on their feet in the house and would not want them to fall. I have all the ingredients here because I use them for other things, but like this idea. Just wondering if there is a slip hazard.

    1. Good question! It will depend a bit on how much you use but if in doubt I would add a non-slippery mat to the tub (or non-slip stickers) ~ Anja

  2. I see that you use Dr Hauschka bottles. Me too. 🙂 Weleda glass bottles too. Great for body oils. Just remove the stopper and rinse with hot water, just gotta remember where the stopper is. LOL

  3. Hello , sounds wonderful.. do you have any suggestions for a Bubble Bath? Or would that or Sal Suds and jojoba oil work as well?

    1. This might work as a bubble bath, too, but I think Sal Suds might be too dring but you can always give it a try and see how you like it ~ Anja

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  6. This looks fantastic! I love that you are advocating for fair trade ingredients. I imagine the jojoba oil leaves your skin feeling so soft!

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  9. You must be less of a klutz than I am. Me + glass body wash dispenser + shower stall = accident waiting to happen. Otherwise this sounds like something I would like to try. I already have both ingredients in hand. Thanks.

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