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Whether you simply love body wash, or you have a special bar of soap that you adore that doesn’t come in a body wash form, one thing is known – bar soaps are much cheaper than body wash. What if there was a way, though, that you’d be able to easily turn your favorite bar soap into a creamy body wash, by only spending a few minutes of your time? Check out this easy (and adaptable) how-to guide.

 We love this hand-poured, cruelty-free dead sea salt mineral-rich bar of soap, however, to fight with application of a bar soap on a squirmy toddler is anything but ideal. Using this one bar of soap, however, it can be easily transformed into a liquid-type form using just a bit of effort, and a stove.

The great thing about this recipe is that it allows you to get your creative juices flowing. Is your favorite soap unscented? Add in some essential oils to make it a yummy smelling body wash! The sky is the limit with add-ins.

How To:

  • Using a cheese grater, finely grate your favorite bar of soap.
  • Add 2-3 cups water to the grated soap, and stir over medium heat until the soap completely dissolves and the water looks “milky.”
  • Optional Use add-ins
  • Allow the mixture to cool for around two hours. At this point, it will start resembling a body-wash type gel.
  • Optional Heat mixture and add more water to reach desired texture
  • Transfer body wash into a squeeze container, and use!

 Tips of the Trade:

  • The first time you make this recipe, the amount of water will vary depending on your particular soap. Begin with 2-3 cups of water. If the mixture is too thick once it cools (it may even completely solidify!) heat the mixture back up and add more water. If the body wash is too runny, heat the mixture up and add more soap. Once you find the correct ratio for your particular bar of soap, write it down so next time it will be an easier process.
  • This body wash will not lather. If you crave the sudsy lather, experiment by adding in some glycerin, which can be purchased at a health food store. Adding castile soap to your mixture will also create a lather. Commercial body wash uses sulfates to create a lather, and this natural recipe does not include additive lathering chemicals.
  • If your skin is especially dry, considering adding in a tablespoon of vitamin E oil, or some coconut oil. Coconut milk is not suggested, as it will decrease the shelf life of your body wash to a few days before it turns rancid.
  • If you’d like to add a scent to unscented soap, add in some essential oil drops. Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant, or lavender oil is known for its soothing scent that relaxes your body.

Have fun experimenting!

If you have a favorite “recipe” that has worked well with your skin, leave it for us in the comment section!

For another all-natural recipe for your skin, try this post on Handmade & Natural Coconut Oil Lotion

Photo Credits: The Memoirs of Megan


  1. I used 4 bars of soap and made a large batch. the soap was dial, and it was white, so when it was done “cooking”, i added 2 drops of blue food coloring to give it some color.

  2. Thanks for your information, I’m planning to make my own body wash from handmade soap that I bought from a friend of mine who owns an herbal store called Prairieland Herbs in Woodward Iowa!

    • Hi Dana,
      I don’t personally mind that this soap doesn’t lather, so I’ve never made it with glycerin before. I did, however, link another recipe above that uses it, if you’d like to check that out and see how they differ. 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

  3. I just tried this for the first time a few hours ago using one bar of natural lavender shea butter soap that has a few different kinds of EOs. I added honey, hemp oil and more lavender. I didn’t add enough water though so it turned almost solid inside the bottles but thick and slimy. Unusable! I just put it all back in the stove pot and did it over again like you said to with added water. Fingers crossed! Thanks for posting this!

  4. Hi! I’m so happy to have found this recipe, because all I saw was recipes with Dove, and since I didn’t use Dove, I am trying (still) to find the right amount of water! But at least now I know you can do this with other kinds of soap! And how to try finding the right consistence. Thanks! 😀

  5. What’s the typical shelf life for this? Is it ok to make a big bottle to last a couple of months or should I use it up within a few weeks?

  6. I use Olay soap and found that 2 cups of water for 1 bar was too much water. I added another bar and the consistency was much better. Nex time I will start with 1 cup per bar of soap.


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