Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Make Your Own...Honey Vanilla Body Wash

In my quest to save money, and show my kids how cool their mama is by making our own products, I have made a list of items I want to attempt to make. So as occasions have arrived, I have made Bath Fizzies, Ant Killer Shaker (a serious life saver for my ant-infested yard!), Watering Can, Hair Detangler, Cold Remedy (yuck!), Laundry Detergent (my number 1 post of all time and favorite thing to make over and over again), Hand Scrub, and Dishwashing Detergent. I'm far from completing my list, but I have had a blast experimenting with the different homemade stuff.

So when I was looking at my list of things I still want to make, I saw "Body Wash" on the list and decided to tackle that next. I found a few simple recipes and I'm excited to share my own version of body wash. When I buy body wash, I almost always get "vanilla-scented" body wash. I love, love, LOVE the way vanilla smells. So when I decided to make my own body wash, I knew I wanted to add a little something-something to make it vanilla-y. AND I love honey. My parents are beekeepers. It has been a family tradition for GENERATIONS, and I want to honor my family by also adding a little honey to the body wash. My mother makes incredible items such as limp balm and hand cream that includes honey, and I cannot tell you how good honey is for the skin. (NOTE: always get local honey. It tastes better and is much better for you). Adding a little honey to something that is going on your skin is for sure the way to go.

So without further ado:

Honey Vanilla Body Wash


  • 2 bars of soap (I had some Ivory soap left over from Making Clouds and an extra bar of Dove Moisturizing soap that I tried to use in making the clouds. DO NOT use Dove for the clouds. It STINKS. ) 
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey
  1. Finely grate soap. 
  2. Mix soap and the rest of the ingredients into a pot and stir continuously over medium-low heat until all the soap has melted (about 5-8 minutes) 
  3. Let cool slightly. 
  4. Pour into large containers (of your choice...I'm eventually going to transfer mine into an old body wash container) using a funnel and then let cool completely. 
  5. When using, pour no more than a quarter size onto your sponge or poof or whatever it is you have and use like normal. 
I had enough to make two 16 ounce mason jars (love my mason jars!!) before I transferred it to the old body wash container. So pretty, huh! 

Love it! It's so creamy and smells lovely. I'm super excited to use this and continue to make this (and save so much money too!) 

Happy "Homemaking", yall! 


  1. Hi,
    I wanted to try this recipe and was wondering what kind of Vanilla you used? Extract, or essential oil?
    Thanks for the great idea! =)

  2. I used vanilla extract. If you use something else, just make sure to get the kind that can go in soaps and not candles. And just to give you an idea of how long this soap can last, I made those two jars back in June, and am just now almost out of it. I found a little bit goes a loooong way.