I love making my own body wash.
1. Because it’s cheaper and 2. Well, because it’s cheaper!
Start will any bar soap. I like to use Dove because it’s a better quality that will lead to a smooth and creamy wash. I use a knife to chop up the soap (some people use a grater but I find that tedious, and if you chop in the right direction the soap will crumb into flakes. Add the flakes into a LARGE pot of boiling water (I made the mistake of using too small of a pot and experienced an overflow- see below!)
Proportions = ~2 cups of water for every 1 bar of soap (this is for the regular Dove bar soap, if using a larger bar make sure you add a little extra water)
It will froth up as you stir in the soap, but keep stirring until it is nicely dissolved.
I add in Coconut Oil for extra ‘silkyness’ (about 2 T).
And Jojoba Oil (purchased online @Amazon.com) to make my skin silky soft (about 30-40 drops).
Once everything is added and the soap is dissolved, you will have a nice creamy mixture (again, make sure you use a big enough pot!). Turn off the heat and let the mixture sit until cool. This will take hours! I typically make soap in the evening and let it sit overnight to cool. NOTE: It will thicken as it cools so if it is not “body wash” thick when you turn off the heat don’t worry. After it is cool, you can add fragrance or essential oils (I used a cucumber melon fragrance for this batch). Then fill empty bottles and enjoy a rich lather the next time you shower, for a fraction of the cost!