Summer Rain Creamy Body Wash, Made in Minutes


Summer Rain Creamy Homemade Body Wash, Made in Minutes

It’s been a while, in fact, it’s been more than a year since I shared a homemade body wash recipe.

But, you know what? Body wash is one of the few skin care products you can change frequently with ease and without regret!

My Chamomile Lavender Body Wash, for example, is so easy to make you could finish it quicker than it will take you to read this article.

Body wash is something you can change just to use your new scent combination obsession. And it’s totally worth it in just a few minutes you’ll have enough to last a few months.

Then you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t make it sooner.

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Body Wash doesn’t need be just soap. We can load it up with skin loving ingredients and our favorite scents. Learn how I make my own summer rain creamy body wash.

What makes this homemade body wash creamy and smooth?

A unique combination of nourishing natural ingredients for the skin. Find my 20 Essential Ingredients For DIY Natural Skincare recipes here.

Soap doesn’t need to be just soap. We can load it up with skin-loving ingredients and our favorite scents.

Check out what I used to make this homemade body wash recipe below:

Shea Butter

Also known as refined shea butter and unrefined shea butter. It has a lightly nutty scent and melts on contact with the skin. High in vitamins E, A, and F shea butter is an intense moisturizer known for healing dry scalps, cracked heels, and eczema.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Popular for its anti-aging benefits, apricot kernel oil is an extreme moisturizer. It absorbs quickly into the skin while providing deep moisturizing benefits.

Liquid Castile Soap

Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap made of ingredients you can actually pronounce. This soap is gentle on skin and effective against dirt, grease, and unwanted germs.

Castile soap can be used to clean just about anything and everything: your face, your shower, and even your dirty dishes!  I use it in my aloe vera face wash, liquid laundry soap, heavy-duty kitchen cleaner, and more!

But, when comes to a homemade body wash, it’s best to choose a Castile soap to meet your skin type needs.

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Aloe Vera Gel

A powerhouse for natural skincare products, aloe vera gel is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and an astringent. Known to support the healing of sunburns, cuts, and wounds quickly.

Find it in my recipe for an Aloe Vera Face Cream that quenches the thirst of my skin and improves the oil production.

Vegetable Glycerin

An excellent humectant vegetable glycerin attracts water and helps to maintain moisture in the skin. And it feels incredibly smooth on the skin!

Essential Oils

Essential oils not only provide a wonderful natural fragrance to homemade skincare products and cleaners but also contain powerful cleaning properties. Learn more about why I use essentials oils every day here.

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Homemade Body Wash Ingredients

Body Wash doesn’t need be just soap. We can load it up with skin loving ingredients and our favorite scents. Learn how I make my own summer rain creamy body wash.

How to Make Homemade Body Wash

1. Using the double boil method, melt shea butter on low heat or in the microwave at 30-second intervals.

2. Remove mixture from heat once melted and set aside. In a medium bowl combine apricot oil, aloe vera gel, and vegetable glycerin.

3. Stir well and pour in melted shea butter. Continue mixing and each drop of essential oil.

4. To reduce bubbles pour the mixture into a bottle using a funnel. Next, pour liquid castile soap into the bottle as well and then remove the funnel.

5. Place the pump dispenser on the bottle and swirl to blend together.

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Body Wash doesn’t need be just soap. We can load it up with skin loving ingredients and our favorite scents. Learn how I make my own summer rain creamy body wash. This creamy homemade body wash lathers up quite nicely and the scent combination smells like clean summer rain.

As you wash you can feel the combination of shea butter, apricot oil, and vegetable glycerin adding a protective layer to your skin as the water beads up.

After washing lock in moisture with one my favorites Moisturizing Pumpkin Lavender Body Butter and exfoliate once or twice a week with one of Summer’s Best DIY Body Scrubs!

Have you made this natural body wash recipe? Tag #lifenreflection on Instagram to share yours. Or Pin this summer fresh beauty recipe to make later.




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    Hi, I love this post. I want to know what preservatives are to be used for increasing the shelf life?


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      Prasanna, I recommend making skin care products in small amounts. You could add a teaspoon of raw honey to the body wash help extend the life. It great for the skin too!

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    Kristy, where did you get the bottle pictured in this recipe?
    Love all your diy receipts!!

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      Debbie, I actually washed and reused a bottle. I got in a free cleaning kit from the Grove Collaborative. It had Mrs. Meyers natural hand soap it. You can get one too with this link – I am about re-purposing when I can!

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        Thank you Kristy, I too reuse when possible, sometimes I have to go to Goo Gone to get stickers off of bottles and jars lol!!!
        The things we do to save and protect our environment……:)

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          Right! 😉 I use just a dab of lemon essential oil and a cloth or small bristle brush to remove stickers from jars and bottles. A friend of mine told me how to she used it remove stickers from the new windows she had put in. Then she said the funny thing was she later noticed the windows were cleaner where she had removed the stickers. So then she added the lemon eo to a one to one mixture of distilled water and vinegar to clean the windows!

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    Hi again Kristy..hope all is well with you.
    I would like to make this body wash, but I have only one essential oil for this which is
    Spearmint ..could you help me out by telling me what other essential oils I can use for this recipe in place of the ones you use???
    Debbie Hannam.

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      Hi Debbie, do you have lavender essential oil? I love to pair lavender with spearmint! And lavender is very calming to the skin, which alone makes a great essential oil for body wash.

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    Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block

    This recipe sounds so great! I’m excited to try it out! I’ve never used apricot oil — is there a similar substitute for that? Those oils sounds like such an amazing blend too! Great post — thank you so much for sharing!

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      Amanda, apricot oil is a great carrier oil for the skin. You can substitute for another carrier oil for skin such as sweet almond oil or FC coconut oil.

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    Amanda Wente

    Hi Kristy,
    I have an aloe vera plant and wanted to know if I could use the juice instead of the gel and how or if it would effect the composition of the body wash? Thank you so much for all of the amazing info!

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      Thanks Amanda, you can certainly use that, I grow aloe vera too! The consistency will just be a little thinner. But this recipe is really creamy so thinner is A.O.K.

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    Hello —
    Thank you for the recipe! Two questions: 1. What is the anticipated shelf life of the soap? 2. Does the castile soap separate from the glycerin/aloe/butter/oils?

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      Mary, two months which why we don’t make a lot in the recipe, so you can use it up in that time. Just slightly near the end of its use. If shake it before each you’ll be fine. You can add an emulsifying wax if you prefer.

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    Hi, I tried out your body wash and I really like how to leathers up and washes. Just I’m not a fan of the very glycerin-y after feel on the skin, how the moisture has been locked inside. Can you maybe recommend how to change up the recipe to make it little less “locked in moisture” and more moisturizing? Thanks so much!

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      Madara, if you’re looking for a less moisturizing body wash try my coconut body wash recipe.

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    I love your recipes they really feel great and can’t wait to see how my skin will look! Thank you!

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      Awe thank you Kimberly, that means a lot!

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    I just made this and love it? What can I do to make the next batch a little thinner?

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      You can adjust the thickness by reducing the shea butter and adding more castile soap until you have just the right amount of creaminess you’re after.

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    Hi,I would love to try making this,what can I use in place of vetiver?Thanks?

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      Brenda any essential oil safe for skin will do. I choose calming aromatherapy oils for this recipe. Lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang to name a few would pair well in this body wash recipe.

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    Hi! I tried this recipe and loved how it turned out, however the Shea butter solidified. Do you think I used too much?

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      Either you used too much or where you stored it is cold. Try warming the bottle up under a warm shower spray or bath water first. If that doesn’t work separate it and add more castile soap.

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    Hi Kristy
    Is it possible to make this body wash without vegetable glycerine as I don’t have any on hand?

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      You could

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    I followed your recipe and the Shea butter solidified. I added an extra 1/2 cup of Castile soap and it didn’t help. Any suggestions for next time?

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      Add less shea butter and warm it in your hands if needed.

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    Madavia Johnson

    Hello I noticed there is no water in this recipe. How would you recommend incorporating oatmeal into this body wash ?

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      There’s no water in the recipe to keep bacteria out. You could add colloidal oatmeal designed for skincare.

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    Hi can I use herbal oils that I’ve infused using the alcohol Intermediary Method? It’s more potent chamomile oil BUT it does have ever clear alcohol. Would that affect it at all?

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      I wouldn’t recommend it the alcohol could be drying to your skin.

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    Jay Clark

    I tried this recipe and it was seemingly awesome at first, but it definitely dried out my skin once I washed it off. What can be added to replenish the moisture that this strips away because more oils isn’t the solution. I’ve been playing with it all day.

    Thanks in advance

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      That’s odd, I’ve always found it to be moisturizing. You may be taking too hot of a shower that dries out the skin. If you’re dealing with especially dry skin, apply a lotion after cleansing in the shower before stepping out.

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    Where would I find your coconut body wash recipe? Could you please provide the link?

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      Sure Daphne, you can find the recipe here