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Plant Therapy Essentials: Relax Body Wash

Cleanses, moisturizes, and leaves you with a peaceful, tranquil state of mind — This Relax Body Wash DIY is perfect after a long day has you feeling frazzled and in desperate need to just relax!

Relax Body Wash

Plant Therapy Relax Body Wash DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Blend all of the ingredients together and mix well. Pour in the pump bottle and give a shake before each use!

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72 thoughts on “Plant Therapy Essentials: Relax Body Wash”

    1. Jocelyn, I have not heard that stickiness was an issue in this recipe. However, you could just leave it out all together if you’d prefer

    2. Jocelyn, I have made a similar recipe before and left honey out because I am vegan and it didn’t make a difference as far as how well it worked!

    1. I would think a body wash would not last long enough to need a preservative. However, I have used a small amount of vitamin E oil as a preservative in salves and would think it would work in this- or perhaps a bit of grapefruit seed oil.

      1. Vitamin E oil is actually not a preservative. Certain derivatives of it act as antioxidants, but it must be those forms and they offer no preservation. Straight up Vit E oil is going to do nothing more than offer emollient properties. However, for this formula a preservative would absolutely be needed. It’s pretty much bug food without preservation. And as far as which would work, that could only efficiently be determined through testing.

    1. Jan, you could definitely sub the Jojoba for Avocado carrier. The Avocado will have a thicker consistency but is very moisturizing as it has vitamins A, B, D, E and beta carotene in it

  1. This looks perfect! I have always wanted to try Relax. Does this have a shelf life? Is there a certain type of plastic bottle you should get?

    1. It’s a great blend to try! This recipe is good for 1-2 weeks, since there is no preservative. We generally recommend PET plastic for EOs.

    1. Maria, you would want to add a preservative of your choice. I would recommend doing some online research to find a preservative that will work best for you

  2. I can’t wait to try this! I’ve used Castile soap to make body wash before, but never added honey or the Relax blend! I can’t wait to try!

    1. LC, body wash didn’t feel sticky to some who have tried this recipe. If you are worried about that at all, you can leave it out from the recipe 🙂

      1. Why will Plant Therapy not recommend a preservative? Their usual reply is do your own research. Is it a liability issue or is it just not their expertise? I ask because preservatives can be a little complicated when trying to decide which preservative works for a particular formulation, i.e., water based, oil based, pH, etc.

        1. There are several variables that can impact your decision, from the DIY you’re creating to your own personal preference of products, and we want our customers to be fully informed of their choices. For questions regarding preservatives we recommend doing your own research or contacting an expert in preservatives who can help you to determine the best fit for your projects and your family

  3. This sounds so great! I’m trying to eliminate all of the products in my home with toxic chemicals and switch over to DIY essential oil products so I can’t wait to try this!

  4. Sounds like a good recipe to try. I might also try using coconut milk in place of the water.
    For those who are worried about the honey, it doesn’t cause stickiness when mixed with the other ingredients. It is has a lot of good properties that it adds to the body wash.

  5. Love this!!!! I’m especially excited to make this as it is safe for kids!!! That way family members of all ages can enjoy!!!!
    Thank you Plant Therapy!!!!:)

  6. I have never made my own soap, but I am interested in trying! Does Castile soap get sudsy? I like that the recipe is a simple one, as I will be able to afford it and repeat it. Hopefully my whole family will enjoy this relaxing soap! Thank you, Plant Therapy!!

  7. I can’t wait to try this body wash! I love that it is kidsafe and may even use it as a bedtime routine for my kids! The only thing is that I do not have jojoba oil. Can you sub it out with any other carrier oil?

  8. I love this recipe. I can’t wait to make it tomorrow. And honey is not going to make it sticky. A while ago I made a face soap with honey and I loved it. Not sticky at all.

  9. Can’t wait to try this! Relax is one of my favorites, and I’m always looking for a calming shower gel since I shower at night!

  10. Just watched the video for the 3rd time! My granddaughter and I are making this, this afternoon!
    Thanks for the fun videos and amazing blog posts!

  11. I love this idea!!!!
    My girls and I have printed this and are on our way to go get missing ingredients to make!!
    Thank you so much!!!

  12. This recipe sounds great! I cannot wait to try it. Do you have any recommendations for a brand of castile soap? The Dr. Bronner’s that I bought has a weird smell to it and the oils do not cover it up.

  13. Oooo yay I can’t wait to try this recipe out! I’ve been wanting to make my own body wash and this looks perfect. Also, I want that bottle!

  14. Could I use Fractionated Coconut Oil in place of the Jojoba? This looks like a lot of fun to make, especially since I usually shower at night!

  15. I love anything with Relax in it and can’t wait to make this! I plan to make a small bottle with the honey and see how I like that. I love that PT included a video with the recipe. It shows just how easy it is to DIY!

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