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How to Transform Bar Soap Into Body Wash

Updated on March 10, 2020
How to Transform Bar Soap into Body Wash
How to Transform Bar Soap into Body Wash | Source

Bar Soap to Body Wash

from a simple bar soap to a body wash is easily achievable at home.
from a simple bar soap to a body wash is easily achievable at home. | Source

Body Care ~

Bars of soap are skin care products that have been around for centuries to cleanse our skin, hair and clothes.

There are many different forms of bar soap today including glycerin soap, antibacterial soap and organic soap.

In fact soap can be traced all the way back to the Babylonians, Egyptians and from there the Islamic countries and the Mediterranean countries of Spain, France and Italy who started to make soap in abundance.

A tradition that still lives on today in wonderful handmade, natural soaps.

The industrial revolution brought the soap making business to a mass manufacturing level.

It was in 1789 in England that Andrew Pears first created the totally transparent, high quality soap Pears that became a signature soap and is still enjoyed today.

Other leading soap manufacturers in the commercial sector have include Palmolive, Lux, Dr Bronner and Dove who have all played an important role as market leaders.

Soap is one of those products that has stood the test of time and will be around no doubt for many centuries to come.

L is for Lavender

A homemade lavender soap made with Lavender essential oil is soothing, calming and great for all skin types.
A homemade lavender soap made with Lavender essential oil is soothing, calming and great for all skin types. | Source

Bath and Body Soap

natural  homemade soap is ideal to make as a gift or to sell commercially.
natural homemade soap is ideal to make as a gift or to sell commercially. | Source

Liquid Soap ~

Liquid soap has become increasingly popular over the past decade but bars of soap still remain the must have beauty product for many.

With more focus on natural, organic skin care products today, soap in bar and liquid form is easily made using 100% all natural ingredients.

Have you ever just read the ingredients listed on a bar of soap or a liquid soap? Well, today I did just that.

As I have been a strong advocate for making your own beauty treats I had done similar to cleansers, toners, moisturizers, face scrubs and face masks. Somehow soap had eluded me so checking my liquid soap was frightening but sadly not surprising.

24 ingredients listed, very few I could pronounce and believe it or not one of them had 25 letters in it.

Worryingly further was the fact there were some listed that I knew to be big no no’s and can be the cause of many skin irritations, allergies and harmful reasons to stay clear.

Traditional Aleppo Soaps of Syria

handmade Aleppo soap derives it's name from the city of Aleppo, Syria and dates back thousands of years. Classed as a castile soap it's main difference is it contains laurel oil.
handmade Aleppo soap derives it's name from the city of Aleppo, Syria and dates back thousands of years. Classed as a castile soap it's main difference is it contains laurel oil. | Source

Castile Soap

made from Olive Oil, Castile soap is the best type to buy.
made from Olive Oil, Castile soap is the best type to buy. | Source

Less is More ~

Taking a good quality natural bar of soap such as a Castile Soap and turning it into a body wash or liquid soap is not as difficult as you may think.

As bars of soap vary in their ingredients a little tweaking here and there may be necessary to find the right consistency you prefer but that is part of the fun!

Keeping it simple is best when soap making. You do not need 24 ingredients in your soap or body wash for it to be effective and you should be able to pronounce the ingredients used. If in doubt look it up or steer clear.

I have seen natural products with as little as 1, 2 or 3 ingredients and have written about many that just use regular grocery items or store cupboard classics. One tomato and sugar is a great face scrub for example. Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Apricot kernel Oil and Jojoba Oil are examples of excellent skin moisturizing giants you may have in your kitchen already. You control what you eat daily so why not take control of what you are putting on your skin too? All the wonderful nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants in groceries are absorbed through the skin just as the harmful chemicals, synthetic fragrances and toxins are. Which would you prefer?

Easy Natural Body Wash Recipe ~


2 cups grated bar soap (castile soap)

½ gallon distilled water

2 tbsp vegetable glycerine

15 drops essential oil of choice

Few drops of organic food coloring (optional)

You Will Need:

Large pot

Large glass container with lid

2-3 containers for shower (2 glass jars and 1 pump dispenser)


  • Add the soap, water and vegetable glycerine to your pot on the stove and start to melt the ingredients over a low heat.
  • Stir the mixture occasionally until the soap is fully melted.
  • Add your essential oil and food coloring if using and mix in well to an even consistency.
  • Transfer to your large jar and allow cool.
  • Screw on lid tightly and leave overnight.
  • Dispense into smaller glass or plastic containers for the shower and as replenishment stock.


If using fragrance and coloring why not color co-ordinate associated smells.

Have fun experimenting with a” drop of this and a drop of that” if you feel adventurous! If you are a bit rusty in the color wheel for mixing and blending you can check it out here for achieving the different color combinations. Check out some suggestions below in my table.

This consistency is not thick, try adjusting water amount if you prefer thicker body wash.

Do not leave the pan unattended on the stove and keep out of small children's reach. This is a hot oil and water mixture.

Color co-ordinate your essential oils to food coloring ~

Essential Oil
Food Coloring
Yellow or Orange
Pale Yellow
Pink, Yellow
Green Apple
Purple, Blue, Lilac, Mauve
Bright Green
Red, Pink, Fuchsia
Cream, Beige
Blue, Green

For Bath and Body Use

utilize your own brand in making body wash.
utilize your own brand in making body wash. | Source

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Using Regular Bar Soap ~

Do you find your regular soap is great but you would love to convert it into a body wash without buying any extra ingredients?

When I was searching for different recipes I came upon this great one by One Good Thing By Jillee which I will share with you here.

This one uses just two ingredients, a heat source and voila, one homemade body wash. For all Dove fans, this one is for you. The savings are huge considering 3 bars of soap will yield 48 oz of body wash.


3 bars of Dove soap grated.

6 cups of water

You Will Need:

Large pot

Glass jar or bow

Body wash containers


  • Add the soap and water to a large pot and heat gently to dissolve the soap.
  • When fully dissolved, pour into a glass jar or bowl to cool.
  • This will thicken as it cools.
  • When completely cooled, transfer it into a glass or plastic dispenser for the shower.
  • After 24 hours you will have a nice rich thick cream like consistency.


If using a different bar of soap you will find 6 cups of water may not be enough. Dove is a highly moisturizing product so 6 cups works a treat.

As this recipe makes approximately 48 oz of body wash, make sure you have enough jars or dispensers for it.

Why not give one to a friend or loved one as a creative gift idea?

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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