Creamy Body Wash & Hand Soap

Creamy Body Wash & Hand Soap

The story of the creation of the creamy body wash….

I have such a supportive husband who has joined me on my low-tox journey. He’s put up with countless conversations about endocrine disruptors. He has been patient with me as I’ve slowly replaced every cleaning chemical and personal care product in our house.

HOWEVER, I just couldn’t get him to give up his (what I refer to as) ‘Blue Shit Body Wash’.

Challenge accepted.

I’ve been testing and refining a new recipe for a lusciously creamy, super smooth body wash that is 100% hubby approved.
And I’ve done it! He loves the texture and the scent.
We have thrown the Blue Shit Body Wash in the bin where it belongs, and I am now proud to share this recipe with you.

This recipe almost fills a 1ltr bottle as we use it for the whole family, but you can certainly half it if you like.

Creamy Body Wash & Hand Soap

This luscious body wash recipe is great for the whole family and is gentle and safe for children.
You can tailor it each time with your choice of essential oils, or even divide the batch before adding your oils so that each family member has their preferred scent.
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Keyword: Environmentally Friendly, DIY, Essential Oils, Low-Tox, Bathroom, Soap, Lucious, Creamy
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 Litre


  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Funnel or piping bag
  • 1 ltr bottle


  • 100 ml hot water
  • 50 grams coconut oil solid form
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 400 ml distilled water or boiled then cooled water
  • 200 ml castile soap

Essential Oils

  • 20-40 drops preferred essential oil see notes for suggestions


  • Add hot water, coconut oil and xanthan gum to the bowl
  • Mix/whisk until smooth and combined.  Try and make sure the xanthan gum is well mixed in and there are no lumps. Mix will thicken and turn into what I affectionately call: a 'ball of snot'
  • Add remaining ingredients and whisk until mixture is light and fluffy.  It will become very aerated and bubbly so will rise by.....A LOT (hence why the big bowl is needed). Periodically, scrape mixture down from sides of bowl. You know it's done when it's thick, like when you whisk egg whites for a meringue.
  • Leave to sit for up to an hour so that the mixture reduces and the bubbles collapse.  I actually let mine sit overnight. This will make it much easier to pour into your bottle and you will fit more in.
  • Use a funnel or piping bag to pour into your dispensing bottle


When sourcing a pump bottle, decide if you want glass or PET. If you are using it for body wash, I would recommend PET - glass in the shower is a little dangerous!  Remember that essential oils will break down plastic if it's not PET 1 or 2, so beware of using just any old plastic bottle.
When mixing/whisking, you can use an electric mixer, but I've actually decided that a hand whisk does the job just as well (and saves on extra cleaning up afterward). 
Recommended essential oils
I use doTERRA's Island Mint essential oil- hubby absolutely loves it!
​For an uplifting experience you could try one, or a combination of:
  • doTERRA's Citrus Bliss
  • Peppermint
  • Grapefruit
  • Lime
  • Eucalyptus
For a relaxing body wash try:
  • Lavender
  • doTERRA's Lavender Peace
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Roman Chamomile

This Body Wash recipe contains the following ingredients


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