Wake Up Orange & Honey Body Wash

Never in my wildest dreams would I ever picture myself making my own body wash.  In the past, I have been a loyal user of big brand body washes.  But last weekend, it looked like a hippy and a mad scientist invaded my kitchen.  And it was pretty amazing.  I wish you could have seen the mixing bowls and measuring spoons and funnels and ingredients strewn across my counter.  {Next batch, I’ll take some pictures!}  At the end of the day, this bubbly beautifully fragrant body wash was bottled and ready for my early morning shower:

Wake Up Orange & Honey Body Wash

Make your own uplifting, moisturizing orange and honey body wash!

Make your own Wake Up Orange & Honey Body Wash:

  • 2/3 cup castille soap  – I use Dr. Brommer’s unscented Baby-Mild castille soap
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons oil (jojoba, sweet almond) – I used sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 40 – 50 drops of Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Stir or gently whisk together all six ingredients.  Since I will not be ingesting any of this mixture and this recipe doesn’t make a huge batch, I am comfortable storing this in a plastic pump bottle in my shower.

Let’s talk ingredients … there are only 6!  And I can pronounce them all!

Castille soap, jojoba oil, vitamin E and glycerin can be found at your local pharmacy, grocery store or health food store.  Castille soap is an organic, gentle base for our body wash.  Vitamin E and sweet almond oil moisturize and nourish skin.  Glycerin provides the bubbles – what is body wash if it doesn’t foam and bubble, right?!

I picked up Florida honey to support our local community.  After a little research, I learned that honey is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.  It accelerates healing and has historically been used to treat skin conditions.  {I swish it in my mouth when I get a canker sore and it is gone in a day or two!}  So, honey is a perfect additive for this body wash.

Young Living Orange essential oil is cold pressed from the orange rind.  The smell is distinctly orange without being too sweet.

Orange and honey body wash with Young Living essential oil!

So, “Does it lather?”  YES!  It really, really does!

And “Does it rinse clean?”  Yep, it sure does.

But “Does it smell good?”  It smells like orange and honey … if you like orange and honey, then the answer again, YES!

Want to know more about Young Living Essential Oils?

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Disclosure: I am not a doctor or medical professional.  I am a momma and wife exploring how essential oils are helping our family. Any personal testimony is 100% honest.  Read, research and find what works for you and your family.  This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease.


  1. Wendy Hogue says:

    Great post daughter! Loving my Orange Honey body wash! Keep the creative juices flowing!!

  2. Kristi V says:

    Did you use raw honey? If how did you get it to mix? Thanks!

  3. Ooh I love it! Definitely pinning this to try later, thanks for the recipe!

  4. This looks like it smells sooo good! Great job!

  5. Hi Keri! This sounds heavenly…I love the smell of Orange essential oil! I cant wait to give it a try!

  6. I bet this smells AMAZING!

  7. Waking up to this scent would be wonderful! I might have to make this for myself soon!

  8. I LOVE the smell of honey (as well as the taste). I am just imagining how good this stuff smells!

  9. I’ve never bought orange essential oil, I bet it would make this smell amazing. Great tip about the honey and cankers. Pinned!

  10. I want to try making some of this. I bet it smells wonderful! I think I have everything to make it too, except the Castile soap. Pinning so I can try later! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  11. This looks so easy to make on your own. I will SO be trying this out! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I can almost smell it from here! Seriously though, that looks like such a healthy alternative to normal shower gels and so inexpensive too. Thanks for sharing you ‘recipe’.

    I would be thrilled if you could share this post at my weekly Say G’day Saturday linky party. It has just started and this would be a brilliant addition.

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  13. I really need to buy some castile soap! I can’t wait to try this!

  14. This sounds divine Keri!! Pinning & sharing on FB today :)

    xo, Tanya

  15. lachele58 says:

    I just made this and it is amazing! It makes you feel super clean and the scent is awesome.
    Thank you for this diy.

  16. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Orange Essential Oil makes you more susceptible to UV rays, and as an Australian I don’t need that!! So I’m looking forward to trying this and mixing up the flavours a bit, I love messing around with all my essential oils.

    Love the awesome articles!

  17. Just made and tried this. It smells great and feels wonderful on your skin. Thank you! :)

  18. lol, your introduction speaking OF your kitchen counter top really made me Laugh OUT LOUD!
    It’s just soooo like me! Ohhh what a mess I can make! But OH! Out of those messes come a wealth of
    “OH! I can’t wait to get in the shower and try this !”
    Yes, I can totally relate!
    To the point I was getting to, I made the Coconut Lavender Body Wash and NOW I want to shower like 3 times a day lol!!! Seriously, it’s awesome ! I did have to cut down on the cStille however as I was out of it! (I have a OCD thing going on that makes me more looney, can’t seal with being OUT of something )… But ! I don’t think it mattered too much it still lathered and felt decadent !
    I felt like Cleopatra bathing in Milk! What a LUSH feeling!
    Thank Yoi!…….and now the friends I share with will love it too!
    PS.. When the spouse “Likes It” I know it’s good!
    He’s so picky about his chemical water body wash yuck !
    I think I have him converted ! I used some Vetiver EO in his, smells great and awesome benefited as well! Again Thank You!

  19. My daughter used just honey to wash her face and it worked great. She got really excited when I showed her your recipe. Honey and orange- sounds fantastic. We are definitely going to make it!

  20. Made this and loved it! Thank you!

  21. Jennifer says:

    Could you tell me what form the Vitamin E you are using please
    Jennifer- Australia

    • Hi Jennifer – I use vitamin E capsules. They are soft so I use scissors to snip a tiny hole in the capsules and squeeze out the liquid vitamin E. Hope that helps!


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