This post was 100% inspired by you guys! When I wrote this post, several of you commented about how you make your own body wash from bar soap. I figured it was time I gave it a try and decided to go with a DIY Dove body wash.
After a bit of trial and error, I finally came up with what I consider to be the perfect (for my liking) recipe. The consistency and the scent are the same as a Dove body wash, but there are fewer bubbles.
- 6 cups of water
- 2 (4.4oz) bars of dove soap (Make sure it says beauty bar, pictured above. It may not turn out the same with another soap).
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Using a cheese grater, grate bars of dove soap into a large bowl. It took me about 20 minutes to grate two bars while watching TV.
Bring water to a simmer. Be sure to use a rather large pot (Mine was 8qts and I had no issues).
When the water is simmering, mix in grated soap and coconut oil using a spatula. Do not use a whisk. It will create too many bubbles. Mix consistently (but not non-stop) until soap is melted. Mine simmered for about seven to ten minutes.
Remove from heat and let it sit uncovered in the pot. Set timer for two hours. Once the timer goes off, stir once, then bottle it up into your containers using a funnel.
Here’s a picture of how thick the consistency of the DIY body wash is! Pretty close to the store-bought Dove body wash, right?
I actually let mine sit for four hours, but it was almost too thick to pour. So, I recommend just bottling it up after the first two hours. It will continue to thicken once it’s in the bottles. I used a rinsed shampoo bottle and a mason jar to store mine.
Update: do not use anything but a squeezable bottle to store the body wash. A mason jar is a bad idea and it will be hard to get the soap out!
In total, this makes about 28 ounces, which is 4 ounces more than a typical bottle of Dove Body Wash.
And now, it’s time for the true test, the cost breakdown:
- 4-pack of Dove bars (Used 1/2 package, so this cost is for two bars): $2.50
- Coconut Oil: $0.25
- Total Cost to DIY: $2.75 (for 28oz)
- Cost of Dove Body Wash In-Store: $5.49 (24 oz)
- Cost of DIY Version: $2.75 (28 oz)
- Cost per Ounce (Store Bought): $0.23
- Cost per ounce (DIY): $0.10
- Savings if you DIY: 50%
I plan on doing this again quite regularly. But, since I’m quite flexible with the brands of soap I use, I think I’ll be able to create a more inexpensive recipe using a less costly brand in the future. If, on the other hand, Dove is the only body wash you’ll use, this will save you a considerable amount of money and there are no sacrifices required on your end.
Have you ever made your own body wash?
Some have said that this recipe turned out too watery for them. While I have had great results with this specific ratio, some commenters have mentioned that they achieved better results with a ratio of 2 cups of water, to 1 bar of soap.
My thinking behind adding the coconut oil was to help with thickening (as coconut oil solidifies at room temperature) and to provide a bit of extra moisture. I haven’t personally tested this recipe without the coconut oil. If you are going to omit the coconut oil, I’d probably use the 2 cups of water/1 bar of soap ratio that some have suggested. But again, I haven’t tried those alterations myself, so can’t tell you 100% if they’ll work.