Homemade Peppermint Body Wash

Before the end of last year, I never thought about the ingredients in my products. NEVER. I am sure the change is partly due to being 40+ and wanting to keep that soft, young looking skin, but it also has alot to do with actually caring about what I am putting in and on my body. My quest for natural homemade products began with this recipe for body wash. I love everything about it, the scent, the natural ingredients, and the cost! I adapted the recipe from The Little Seed Farm. You should stop over and check them out. :o) I hope you will like this body wash as much as I do.


Homemade Peppermint Body Wash
Here is what you will need:
1 cup Water
2 tablespoons Almond Oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Citric Acid
1 teaspoon Guar Gum
1 1/2 cups Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap
30 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
In a bowl, whisk together water, almond oil, honey, and citric acid.
Sprinkle in the guar gum and then immediatley add in the liquid castile soap.
Whisk until well blended.
Add in the peppermint essential oil and stir to combine.
Place body wash in bottle of choice.
I used a recycled bottle. :o)
Options:  I’ve also made Orange Body Wash using Dr. Bronner’s Orange Liquid Castile Soap and Orange Essential Oil. Feel free to play around with this recipe, use your favorite oil, favorite scent of liquid castile soap, and favorite essential oils. There are so many possibilities with this recipe! 
I’m linking up at Frugally Sustainable.


  1. says

    Hi Robyn,
    Just found your blog compliments of Frugally Sustainable. I’m curious about the citric acid in here. What do you find it does for the lotion? I have been looking for citric acid to try in my homemade dishwasher det. – no luck locally. Wondering if I can skip it. The lotion sounds great!

  2. says

    Hi! For the most part, it helps bacteria from growing in the body wash. I haven’t made dishwaher detergent, yet! I’ve been wanting to but I haven’t seen a recipe for it where everyone likes it. It seems people either hate the detergent or love it depending on their water type. I bought the citric acid at my local health food store. We also have a hardware store in town that sells stuff to make your own alcohol and they sell citric acid too. Do you have tea tree oil? I think it could replace the citric acid in the body wash, as it has antibacterial properties. I haven’t experimented with it yet, though. Thanks for stopping by! ~Robyn

  3. says

    I’ve got a GREAT recipe for dishwasher detergent. We have an artesian well and very hard water. We do not have a water softener and this works really well. My folks love it too.
    Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
    - 1 cup Washing soda
    - 1 cup Borax
    - ½ cup Kosher salt
    - ½ cup citric acid
    Mix together and store tightly covered in a Mason Jar. Use one tablespoon per load. Add vinegar to the rinse dispenser for the best results.
    I purchase citric acid in bulk at our local Amish store.

  4. says

    Hi Robyn,
    made this recipe twice so far and it has really help with keeping my skin from getting so dry with frequently handwashing. However I do find the soap runny. I how you add the guar gum to the mix and wondering if you tried larger amounts and would that work to thicken the mix?

  5. Jennifer says

    I just made this recipe this morning and it came out extremely frothy. I went to the gym for 2 hours and I came back to it still frothy. Is it supposed to be this way?

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