How to DIY a Natural Foam Body Wash

Vanessa Dixon
by Vanessa Dixon
6 Materials
20 Minutes

Making your own all-natural herbal body wash is a great alternative to traditional soap-making, as it doesn't involve harsh chemicals like lye.

Instead, it uses dried herbs and liquid castile soap to create a gentle yet effective foaming body wash for your skin.

Follow these simple steps to create your own natural foam body wash.

Tools and materials:

  • Dried herbs (e.g., chamomile, lavender, mint, rose, comfrey, echinacea, calendula)
  • Glass mason jar (1-liter size)
  • Liquid castile soap (unscented)
  • Calendula-infused oil (optional)
  • Cheesecloth or nut milk bag
  • Glass foaming dispenser bottle
Preparing herbs

1. Prepare the herbal infusion

Select your dried herbs of choice. Ensure they are completely dry, as moisture can lead to mold growth in the body wash.

Preparing herbs

Fill the glass mason jar about one-third full with the dried herbs. You can mix different herbs for a custom blend. 

Optionally, add half a cup of calendula-infused oil to the jar if desired.

Adding liquid castile soap

2. Add liquid castile soap

Pour 3½ cups of unscented liquid castile soap over the dried herbs in the jar.

Adding liquid castile soap

Ensure that the herbs are completely covered by the liquid soap, leaving about one inch of space at the top of the jar for expansion.

Shaking bottle

3. Infuse your mixture

Gently stir or shake the ingredients in the jar to incorporate them. 

Securely cap the lid on the jar and place it in a warm, dark location to infuse. Cupboards above the oven or stove work well due to the warmth aiding in the infusion process. 

Let the herbal soap infuse for approximately four to six weeks to extract the beneficial properties from the herbs.


4. Strain and transfer

Once infused, strain out the plant material from the liquid using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

Transferring herbal soap

Transfer the herbal soap into a glass foaming dispenser bottle, leaving some space at the top.

Adding water

Optionally, top off the bottle with a small amount of water to adjust the consistency. 

Cap the bottle tightly and gently shake to combine the ingredients.

Applying DIY herbal soap

5. Usage and storage

Shake the bottle well before each use, as the ingredients may separate over time. 

Use the herbal body wash as you would any other body wash, applying it to wet skin and rinsing thoroughly. 

Store the body wash at room temperature, where it will remain effective for up to three months.

DIY foam body wash

Foam body wash

Enjoy the gentle cleansing and moisturizing benefits of your homemade herbal body wash! 

Feel free to experiment with different combinations of dried herbs to customize the scent and benefits of your body wash. 

Share your experience with this DIY herbal body wash by leaving a comment.

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Suggested materials:
  • Dried herbs (e.g., chamomile, lavender, mint, rose, comfrey, echinacea
  • Glass mason jar (1-liter size)
  • Liquid castile soap (unscented)
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