DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash

DIY Milk and Honey Body Wash

You guys, I just can’t do it. Surprises and long waits are too much for one blogger to bear alone.  The very best surprises must be shared.

DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash

While taking a shower a few weeks ago, just days after sharing the DIY Honey Face Wash, a DIY lightbulb went off in my head, “I need to make a new body wash recipe and this time use honey!!” I hopped out of the shower, dripping wet, grabbed a towel (no worries, I turned off the water) and carefully ran downstairs to gather the ingredients for a homemade honey body wash.

Using my first body wash recipe as a guide, I mixed a few ingredients in a milk bottle: canned coconut milk, castile soap, glycerin, honey, and a few drops of orange essential oil. With a vigorous shake of the bottle I returned to the shower with a super luxurious milk bottle full of homemade milk and honey body wash.

DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body WashDIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash

I knew sharing this new homemade luxury experience with you was absolutely necessary. No question about it.  That’s what friends are for–sharing amazing experiences! I took a look at my editorial calendar, which I’m planning to share with you in a few weeks, and penciled in “Milk and Honey Body Wash” on March 28th.

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
  • 2 tsp vegetable glycerin, optional (where to buy)
  • 1 liquid soap dispenser or bottle (I found this milk bottle at Target)
  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.
  1. This body wash has a very short lifespan since it lacks preservatives, so it's best to keep this body wash in the fridge and just pull out a little as needed. I use this within 2 weeks and freeze the extra, if needed. If you'd like to extend the shelf-life and create a recipe that can be stored at room temperature, I recommend using this body wash recipe.
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.

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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

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