Saturday, March 16, 2013

Homemade Natural Coconut Bodywash (Update!)

After nearly 6 months, it's time to make a new batch of coconut body wash! This time, I took a trip to the Co-op to stock up on natural soap and vegetable glycerin. To see the differences between vegetable and the glycerin found in the band-aid aisle, read All Things O'Natural's post. Short version,  natural and healthier!

The recipe is the same in ingredient amounts and ratios as my original post Homemade Coconut Bodywash, just different products. 

Three bars of unscented natural soap (approximately 12 oz) at $1.79 each, cut up into small pieces. I prefer unscented so I can add whatever I want, but use any scent you like!

Dissolved and melted in 12 cups of boiling water. 

Add in 3 Tablespoons of vegetable glycerin. 
(This bottle was $9.99 at the Co-op, but can be found cheaper on Amazon)
Add in 3 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil.

Then add in your favorite essential oil or a mixture of oils, if you desire. I added about 10 drops of Peppermint and 15 drops of Lemon. 

Natural Coconut Bodywash
  • 12 cups water
  • 3 bars unscented natural soap (12 oz)
  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin 
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
Cut the soap into small pieces. In a large stockpot, bring water to a boil and melt the soap.  Add the Glycerin and Coconut oils. You can add about 20-25 drops of your favorite essential oils if you want a scented variety. Pour into jars or containers and let thicken overnight. Another alternative is to put it in the fridge or outside if it is cold. Makes 5 pint sized jars (approx. 80 oz). 

Another 6 months of clean! 


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  2. I need help!! I made this and the 1st week it was good, the second week it is like a very thick mucus!! what did i do wrong?

    1. So sorry it has taken me so long to reply! I should have added that it will be very thick mucus like. You did nothing wrong! I just put it in a wide mouth jar and scoop some out with my fingers.

    2. I have the opposite problem. I wish mine was like thick mucus! Instead, it separates with a thick creamy layer on top and a bigger thin watery soapy layer on the bottom. I just made it a few days ago, so will letting it sit for a week help? Many thanks!

  3. If I don't put any essential oils in will it smell like coconut? I want to make some for my husband and he loves coconut.

    1. It will smell slightly of coconut, especially if you use unrefined coconut oil. I would be interested to see what would make it have a more pronounced coconut smell... Maybe using coconut scented soaps. Good luck!