DIY Lavender Honey Body Wash

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One of my goals is to use less plastic in our home in 2019.  And one of the biggest forms of waste we create is with our pump shampoo & soap bottles. We literally have a 32 oz dispenser sitting at every sink, shower and tub. It’s a great product, but the large plastic containers hit me with guilt every time we have to replace one.  So now I have many recycled pump bottles that have been begging to be repurposed, and I am someone who happens to be highly motivated by the promise of assuaged guilt.

As an urban homesteading enthusiast, I began making bar soap a couple of years ago, and I wanted to expand my knowledge to include a decent shampoo and body wash.

Today I made both. And each took 5 minutes to put together.  In this post I’ll share with you the Lavender Honey Body Wash recipe, which turned out fantastic, and next week I’ll give you a shampoo recipe I am trialing in the interim.

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DIY Lavender Honey Body Wash

Here’s what you’ll need to make around around 4 oz.

  • A recycled pump soap dispenser
  • 1/3 cup Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap
  • 1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil or Jojoba Oil (or a combination of them – I did part EVOO and part Avocado)
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey
  • Bowl
  • Whisk
When my red checkered dish cloth, metal bowl and whisk come out, I start getting a bit giddy.

Whisk the ingredients together in a bowl until well-combined.


It will look french toast batter when it’s ready.


Pour into your bottle with a funnel.  I didn’t have a funnel but was able to make a homemade one by poking a hole in the bottom of a paper cup.  

Because this recipe does NOT have water added to it, it should have a shelf life of approximately one year.  FYI: recipes that have water added to castile soap can grow bacteria in a relatively short timespan.

This soap feels so lovely and creates really nice suds!  And I love that 10 minutes of my time allowed me to more closely align with my desire to create less plastic waste for our planet.


Why DIY?

So why make stuff that is often easier and cheaper to buy? I like to do homestead projects because, for me, making stuff is just plain fun – at times it’s even meditative. But equally as important to me is the fact that there are often far fewer chemicals, waste and plastics involved with things that are homemade.  I also tend to appreciate the things I take time to bring to life by hand more than anything I quickly purchase on impulse.

I believe humans are wired to create. I find it interesting that when I take time to “make”, I am always more deeply satisfied at the end of the day.  Additionally I love the bonus of community-building that can occur when I share or trade the things I make with others.

Try making something this week, however simple, and see if it doesn’t enrich your life too!


If you’d like support creating your own rituals, yardsteading and nature connection practices, check out The Handmade Life!  There I offer nature-based coaching sessions, share herbal traditions, handcrafted goods, DIY workshops and herbal consultations.

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