DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash

DIY Milk and Honey Body Wash2016 Note: Since this post was originally published, I’ve learned a lot about making homemade products, including the safety side of ingredients. While this recipe is extremely gentle and luxurious, and many folks have loved this body wash, it must be used very, very quickly due to the coconut milk. This is a fun DIY to make and freeze, and pull out in a small batches to use “in the moment.” You can find my current body wash recipe over here.

DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash

For over two weeks now I’ve been enjoying regular dates in the shower with a super luxurious homemade milk and honey body wash that literally takes five seconds to make. And everyday I feel the weight of guilt. Guilt for enjoying such a luxury and knowing I can’t share it until March 28th.


DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash

So today, it’s time to share. No more long waits, because guys, I love you. Go grab a bottle (any bottle will do) and the five simple ingredients to make this DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash. It’s my gift to you! A surprise that’s just way too good to keep a secret.

DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash

DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash
Serves: 1⅓ cups
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk (like Native Forest brand)
  • ½ cup castile soap, I used Baby Mild (where to buy)
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 7 drops of essential oil, I use orange in this recipe
  • (optional) 2 tsp vegetable glycerin, optional (where to buy)
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bottle. Shake the ingredients together until the honey is fully dissolved.
To Use: Shake the bottle before each use. Use on either a sponge or washcloth. This body wash has a very short lifespan since it lacks preservatives and contains coconut milk, so it's best to keep this body wash in the fridge and use it within a week. If you don't think you'll use this body wash quickly, reduce the recipe, or freeze the extra in an ice cube tray to defrost in small batches. See the 2016 note below. The glycerin may be left out if you don't have any on hand. As an alternative, you can use a nourishing oil, like jojoba, almond, or olive oil.
The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love.

2016 Note: This post was first published back in 2013 as I was just learning how to DIY in my bathroom. Since that time I’ve learned a lot about making homemade products, including the safety side of ingredients. While this recipe is extremely gentle and luxurious, and many folks have loved this body wash, it must be used very, very quickly due to the coconut milk. This is a fun DIY to make and freeze, and pull out in a small batches to use “in the moment.” You can find my current body wash recipe over here.

DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash


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  • michelle says:

    I love this stuff…do u mix the coconut milk with the white solid coconut that come with it or only use the liquid?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Michelle, Ah yes, thank you for mentioning the coconut milk separation…I’ll add a note in the recipe. The white solid on the top of the can is the cream and the liquid underneath is the milk. For this recipe you’ll want to use both the milk and cream, so you’ll need to stir the coconut milk/cream until combined.

  • Sarah says:

    Ahh! I have been using Suave’s milk and honey body wash for as long as I can remember, but I just asked my mom the other day if she thought there was a way to make it ourselves. She said no, due to the fact that she’s tried to make soap before to no avail. I’m not sure what went wrong for her, but she hasn’t attempted since then. I can’t wait to try this! I do have a couple of questions though. 1) Is it more on the liquidy side than your basic drugstore soap you squeeze out of a bottle, and 2) what is the use of the essential oil? Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!

  • Trisha says:

    This looks wonderful! I have to try it! But will this last very long without a preservative? I am just wondering because of the added food type things like honey and coconut milk. Thank you!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Trisha, It will last about two weeks. The milk will spoil (honey essentially lasts forever). If you’re planning to keep it longer, you can make half the recipe, or store half the body wash in the fridge until needed. Enjoy!!

  • LENORE says:

    I didn’t use the vegetable glycerin and the shower gel was very sudsy regardless. I love this shower gel. It smells good, feels like silk on the skin and suds really well. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  • Mattie says:

    If you have to store this in the fridge the coconut cream will get very solid and hard so with that being said how do we get it to mix up when we need to use it? Will it just shake up and blend in when it’s cold like that?

  • Nikki says:

    Hello from sunny Singapore. Love your site and I am newbie in this new natural homemade adventure. I’ve tried your vapor rub and loved it. I’d like to know if you have another body wash recipe that does not need coconut milk. In our weather the milk usually will spoil within the day. Thank you 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Nikki, Thank you and welcome to Live Simply! I don’t have a body wash recipe without coconut milk (at the moment), but you can easily sub water for the coconut milk in this recipe. The castile soap is the cleansing ingredient (along with the honey).

  • Stephanie Satcher says:

    I love this body wash! I made it yesterday and couldn’t wait to take a shower! I loved shaving my legs with it. It was so luxurious!

  • Nicole says:

    Hi Kristin! I am so excited to try this! I was wondering if it would be okay to use tea tree castile soap instead of baby mild? 🙂

  • Dawn says:

    Hi there! I was wondering if this could also be used as shampoo?? It seems to combine a lot of my favorite homemade shampoo ingredients. Thank you!

  • Wei Ching says:

    Hi, Can i replace the coconut milk with breastmilk instead?

  • Jaime says:

    I made this body wash a couple of days ago – my first attempt at a DIY body wash (though I’ve been DIYing other products for about a year now). I’m not gonna lie – I don’t love it. Even thought I really wanted to! On the plus side, it does lather very nicely. But, I found the smell of the coconut cream a bit odd and a little off-putting, even after I added quite a bit more orange eo. Also, my skin feels squeaky. I’ve not used castille soap before, and have used soap-free products for years, so maybe my skin just needs to adjust? Is there a way I can tone down the squeaky-clean feeling?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Jamie, Coconut milk can have a bit of a different scent, that’s for sure. I recommend leaving out the glycerin (a moisturizing and cleaning agent) and reducing the castile soap for less of a squeaky-clean feel. I’m not sure how this will change the consistency of the body wash (maybe resulting in a watery product?), but those are the ingredients that work to clean the skin.

  • ana lsia says:

    my friend that is a medical assistant learned that in order to wash away germs, all you really need is hot water and friction. so i think doing with out the castille soap and glycerin would do just fine! wonderful recipe i cannot wait to make it tonight. do you have a shampoo and conditioner as well?

  • Charlotte says:

    Mm this sounds good! I’m going to try it with the soap nut liquid I make out of my soap nuts.

  • I pinned this and cannot wait to try it! I’m a beekeeper and love to use the honey and beeswax in unique ways. I”m going to make this and if I blog about it I’ll be linking back to your recipe. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Tamara says:

    Is the glycerine a necessity or can I leave it out? Unfortunately I’m allergic to it.

  • Lisa says:

    Since you mentioned it’s fairly liquidy, would it work well in a foaming pump bottle? Thanks!

  • Kirsten says:

    I’m all new to this DIY stuff, really trying my hardest to learn so I’m not familiar with essential oils but are they necessary to this recipe? Are they added more for the scents? I’m just trying to buy the least amount of ingredients! Thanks!

  • Nicki says:

    Was just wondering how much body wash this recipe makes?

  • Jessica Gebbink says:

    I’m excited about trying this! Could I substitute coconut cream for the coconut milk? Thanks!

  • Aly says:

    So I’m new to this diy stuff, and I was really excited to try your recipe! I am super sad because the smell is very strange and unpleasant….it wasn’t till I added the castile soap and honey. The two together smell so strange! I’m not a huge fan of lavender, so is there another scent I could use?

  • Kristin Marr says:

    Hey Alison, Yes, the GSE will extend the shelf-life of the coconut milk. By how long, I’m not sure. 🙂

  • Suzanne says:

    Hello Kristen. Thanks for all you do to help keep our world safe from

    the toxic chemicals used in many products. I’ve mad your hand soap which I really like and today made the laundry detergent recipe. When I came across the body wash, I was excited. I do love the smell of coconut lime verbena. Would this work in your recipe?

  • Alison says:

    Thanks! ?

  • Sarah says:

    I am not getting any suds with this recipe. I tried doubling the amount of glycerin, and it makes the overall body wash thicker, but still hardly any suds. Am I just expecting too much? I know it won’t suds like a SLS product, but should there be practically no suds at all? Thanks so much, love your site!!!

  • Gina says:

    Soap, even castile, is so drying to my skin. I’ve used so many versions of diy body washes with it. But still dry and itchy. The other day, I was thinking, “wait. what if I don’t use ANY soap, just honey and such to bathe?” I mean, I’ve been using vinegar and water for months for deodorant and have no odor at all. I researched and there is some real evidence that soap isn’t needed at all to get our skin clean. !!! What do you think? I’m trying this recipe without the castile and see how it goes. Seriously, I love all your posts, thanks for you. 🙂

  • Synthia says:

    Hi, I would like to know if you think I could change the coconut milk for Almond milk ?

  • Shavon says:

    Hi! I cant wait to try your body wash. It sounds lovely! I see that substituting water for the milk will extend shelf life, but it does cancel out the “milk” portion. Do you think adding powdered milk will have the same effect?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Shavon, I’m sorry your comment was skipped! I’m just now seeing this. I’m not sure about adding powdered milk, but it’s worth a shot. I would still refrigerate the body wash.

  • Dee Newton says:

    Hi there 🙂 I know this is an old post but vitamin E is not a “natural preservative”
    it is however used to help extend the life as oils going rancid quickly. I know the
    vitamin E thing is used liberally on line but does not prevent growth of bacteria
    mold that quickly grows when either water comes into contact with product or
    it simply becomes contaminated from germs. I really encourage people to do some research before giving advise – people can get really sick from bacteria that can
    grow – especially if theres a cut on the skin. I love all of the health blogs but wish
    more accurate advise is given. I hope my comment isn’t taken with any insult
    as those are not my intensions 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Dee, Yes, thank you for sharing. This is an old comment with misguided advice (which I no longer advise), so I’ll make sure it’s deleted. Thanks for catching this!

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