Try This DIY Body Wash for a Cheery Morning Shower

Want to start your day off right? Your morning routine has the potential to make or break your day.

Start your day on a cheerful note with our Cheery DIY Body Wash recipe!

Most body washes can’t check all the boxes for what the products I use need to be. There are those that smell so good but are full of toxic chemicals; others are great cleansers but the scent is too strong and nauseating or dries your skin up big time. So, I made my own natural body wash that disinfects, moisturizes, and invigorates!

Infused with Lemon and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils, the combination of the citrus and floral aroma of the oils is heavenly! Read on, make the recipe, and spruce up your next shower!

What I Love About This Cheery DIY Body Wash Recipe

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When I use this body wash in my morning shower, it helps me start my day in a great mood. It’s such a mood booster–you should try it yourself!

What’s in Cheery DIY Body Wash?

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Please note while reading this article that these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product or ingredients described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The information in this post is based on individual studies and anecdotal information.

Natural Liquid Soap Base

Made from saponified organic oils instead of synthetic detergents, you can be confident that no artificial and harmful chemicals touch your and your family’s skin. And since it is composed of nothing but plant-based oils, it will nourish your skin as it cleanses it. No more dry flaky skin from strong soaps.

Lemon Essential Oil

First, I want to point out the strong bright lemony scent of Lemon Essential Oil that uplifts and promotes mental clarity. I do love it when the products I’m using are also contributing positively to my mood, don’t you? Lemon Essential Oil’s antimicrobial properties will clean your skin naturally. And having antiseptic qualities, antioxidants, and vitamin C, it will help treat, exfoliate, and clear your skin. What a treat!

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

The sweet, floral, slightly fruity aroma of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil blends perfectly well with Lemon Oil and makes the body wash really smells good. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil has wonderful antibacterial properties making it a very effective cleanser. Moreover, the oil’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities improve the appearance and health of your skin. This body wash also works well with oily skin as Ylang Ylang can help balance and regulate sebum production.

Cheery Body Wash Recipe Tips

  • You can make this soap base thicker by slowly stirring in a 20% salt solution to your desired thickness.
  • At first, your soap base will be thick and cloudy after you mix in the oils. This is normal and will clear up in a few hours.
  • Some essential oil may separate from the soap base. It’s good practice to shake this soap recipe before using it.
  • When testing this recipe I found that 15 drops worked well. However, you may want to start with using just 5 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil for a less floral aroma. I recommend starting with that amount and then adding up to 15 drops.
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Things to Remember While Using Your Natural Body Wash Recipe

The body wash is generally safe to use around children over the age of 10+.  To use this body wash with younger children be sure to use kid safe oils.

This recipe is generally safe to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

Cats may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this recipe on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Dogs may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this recipe on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

Ylang Ylang Essential oil has a strong floral aroma. While testing this recipe I found that 15 drops worked well, especially since you are rinsing the recipe off. But you may find you want to use fewer drops of the oil as suggested in the tips section of this post.

Never ingest any essential oil, even if it’s generally regarded as safe. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils, check out this blog post

Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and have not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Cheery Body Wash Recipe

Try This DIY Body Wash For A Cheery Morning Shower


  • 2 oz natural soap base

  • 20 drops Lemon Essential Oil*

  • 15 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil*


  • Add essential oils to the soap base.
  • Shake the mixture for 2 minutes to totally mix oils with the soap base. The soap base will thicken once oils are mixed.
  • To use, wet body, lather soap, wash body, and rinse.
    *Note: This recipe calls for a 3% dilution of essential oils. If you have sensitive skin, a 0.5% dilution is recommended.

Beautiful Inside and Out! 

Because you deserve the best, we did just that in a body wash for you! This body wash will make your skin healthy and nourished while also naturally energizing you. Bring some brightness in this already gloomy season! We’d love to hear about your experience with this body wash on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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