DIY Milk and Honey Body Wash

2016 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
DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash
5 from 4 votes

DIY Homemade Milk and Honey Body Wash

How to make a fun and luxurious homemade body wash with castile soap, moisturizing coconut milk, and hydrating honey.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time1 minute
Total Time1 minute
Course DIY, Homemade
Cuisine Beauty, Body
Servings 1 1/3 cups


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bottle.
  • Shake the ingredients together until the honey is fully dissolved.
  • Store the body wash in the fridge between uses. Use within one week.


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. You can find my current body wash recipe over here.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

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  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

  5. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. there are a few other oils besides castor oil. like AVOCADO OIL, GRAPE SEED OIL, almond oil, coconut oil. (only good in warm climates, in cold it will turn solid) and some better eo, maybe peppermint, which will give a cooling sensation in addition to a stronger smell to counter the coconut milk smell you do not like. (I like a combo of tea tree oil and peppermint (peppermint alone can be strong, it is good blending with another)

  6. 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!

    1. Hey Dawn, I bet you could use this body wash for shampoo. Castile soap tends to leave my hair very greasy, so that’s why I prefer to use it mainly for body wash.

  7. 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? 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. 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 🙂

    1. 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).

      1. hello, there are many substitutes, using the water rather than the milk for one, it is the fatty acids, in the milk that spoil. coocnut oil also is a good item which may work good in your area (warm) as it will stay in liquid form and does not spoil like the milk. Also other very good carrier oils listed below:

        AVOCADO OIL: Avocado oil is rich with vitamins A, E, and K. It has the ability to penetrate deep into your skin to restore elasticity and to make it softer than ever before. It is also great for restoring health to hair.
        CASTOR OIL: If you are struggling with hair loss or poor hair health, this is a great product for you. It can also take your damaged skin and bring it to life with a healthy shine. Start enjoying healthier skin and hair today!
        GRAPE SEED OIL: Rich in fatty acids, this oil encourages the regeneration of skin cells which ultimately keeps your skin youthful. It reduces the appearance of cuts and also cures itchy scalps if used as a deep conditioner.
        SWEET ALMOND OIL: With vitamins A, E , B, & D, and also Zinc, Calcium, this oil gets absorbed without blocking pores. It is lightweight and odorless, and calms skin inflammation, making your skin touchably soft and smooth.
        COCONUT OIL: Coconut oil deeply moisturizes and softens your skin.

  10. 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?

  11. 5 stars
    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.

  12. 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!

    1. 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!!

  13. 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!

    1. Hey Sarah, This recipe is more on the liquid side versus a thick store-bought body wash. The essential oils just provide fragrance and cleansing power. Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!!

      1. I thicken my body washes with ground oats (steel cut oats in the coffee grinder.) It also adds light exfoliation & skin soothing benefits.

  14. 5 stars
    I love this stuff…do u mix the coconut milk with the white solid coconut that come with it or only use the liquid?

    1. 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.