Monika Baptista

Monika is a mom to 3 little lovebugs living in sunny Southern California. She loves to laugh, write, craft, play and try new DIY projects. She started Life With Lovebugs as a way to share all of her household tips, recipes and playtime activities with other moms. Today the site has grown to be a resource for moms that she never imagined possible! In her spare time, she enjoys making items to sell in her online shop The Lovebug Collection.


  1. tarak2126
    January 9, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    That’s awesome, Monika! Do you have any idea how much this would cost per bottle (like as compared to a regular bottle of body wash)?

  2. Monika B.
    January 10, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    That is a good question! To make one bottle of this wash, it would cost $0.86, that includes the cost of the bottle. Without the bottle it costs $0.69. And one bottle lasts about 3 weeks. I didn’t even think about the cost savings! Thanks for pointing it out, Tara! -monika

  3. Bev @ The Make Your Own Zone
    January 22, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    This looks like a wonderful recipe and I think I’ll give it a try with a scented castile soap. Usually if I want to save money on body wash I pick something up at the dollar store, but this option sounds a lot better for my skin.

    • Monika B.
      January 23, 2013 @ 6:58 am

      Thank you! For the scented soaps, I like the almond. It’s light but still very sweet. -Monika

  4. Lynn @ Deal Hunting Diva
    January 28, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    My son has really sensitive skin. I just may have to try this myself!

  5. Suzy
    January 28, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    I am going to have to try this! Thanks! I make all of my household cleaners with the lavendar Dr Bronners & was just telling my husband tonight that I need to find us a more natural body wash! We are both so itchy in the winter! Where do you find the liquid glycerin?

    • Monika B.
      January 29, 2013 @ 7:45 am

      I bought the glycerin at my local health foods store because I was there already getting the castile soap. But you should be able to find it at a drugstore, Target, Walmart, etc in the pharmacy aisle. Thanks for visiting! Monika

  6. Amanda
    May 1, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Well I just made some and used it for handsoap and it was good. Watery but a nice lather and nice feel to it. Cant wait to try it in the morning in my shower thanxs

    • Monika Monika
      May 1, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

      For hand soap I put it in an old foaming soap dispenser, it works much better than a regular hand soap dispenser. Thank you for stopping by & sharing! -Monika

  7. Tiara
    May 26, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Why do you use the vegetable glycerin?

    • Monika Monika
      May 26, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

      Vegetable glycerin helps the skin retain moisture. It’s also hypoallergenic so it’s good for all skin types. You can replace it with another oil of your choice, almond oil is also good for your skin! -Monika

  8. Stephanie
    August 4, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    What other oils can I use if I don’t have vegetable glycerin or almond oil?

    • Monika Monika
      August 4, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

      The reason I use vegetable glycerin is because it’s very moisturizing for the skin and also acts as a preservative to extend the shelf life of the soap. So, for these reasons you should be able to substitute Vitamin E oil. Hope that helps! -Monika

  9. Nicole
    August 6, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I can not wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. How important is it to use filtered water?

    • Monika Monika
      August 6, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

      Using filtered water is not that important unless you have very hard water, or water from a well. I often use tap water and find it works great! -Monika

  10. Misti
    August 15, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you! In answer to the filtered water question, I used to make bath and body products and you always want to use filtered water in any bath and body recipe to avoid contaminants and bacteria/mold growth.

  11. Jackie
    October 15, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    I ran out of body wash today and I have all these ingredients on hand. I’m definitely going to give this a try!

  12. Jodi
    November 11, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Is there anyway to thicken up the body wash? Perhaps adding castile liquid soap to one of the grated bar soap melted in hot water methods!?
    Unfortunately the grated and melted I hot water method alone has no lather and has a nasty “snotty” texture!! Please HELP!!
    Thank you!!

    • Monika Monika
      November 13, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      You can probably add more of the vegetable glycerin to thicken it up, it acts as a preservative in this recipe and it very good for your skin. However I don’t know if it would make the wash less “sudsy”. If you try it let me know! -Monika

  13. Dee
    December 22, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    I added the same amount of Xanthan Gum to the glycerin. Mixed that then added warm warm and the castille soap and mixed it. It’s much thicker!

  14. Katy
    January 18, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    This sounds really bad, but is vegetable glycerin different than the Wilton brand glycerin you get from the cake section of the store? That’s what I have and was just wondering if they are the same or different:/ Thanks!

    • Monika Monika
      January 19, 2014 @ 8:20 am

      The glycerin used in making cakes & fondant is food grade, so it should be 100% glycerin with no additives. Sometimes the glycerin you find in the pharmacy is not 100%. You should be able to use what you have to make this body wash! Hope that helps, Monika

  15. Fran
    March 2, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    Sounds really good. But i have been bathing with the castile soap for the past couple of days n still my skin itches, even when i am inside the shower. I need to know if maybe my measuring size is wrong.
    Pliz help!!! i want to use the natural products coz my skin is really bad and dry…….

  16. Debbie
    March 4, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    I had my first experience making body wash and was really happy with the way it turned out. I too like a little “thicker” wash so pulverized some oatmeal in the blender and put it in the wash. I figured with oatmeal’s soothing qualities on itchy skin it just might work and it certainly wasn’t going to hurt any. Been working great thus far!

  17. kayla
    January 29, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    Love this recipe! Was wondering if I could throw in powdered fruit extract as a substitute for the oils?

    • Monika Monika
      February 4, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

      I’m not sure, I’ve never used powdered fruit extract before!

  18. Sophie
    May 3, 2015 @ 11:27 pm

    Could you do half cup filtered water and half cup rose water do you think?


  19. Jennifer
    November 25, 2015 @ 8:02 pm

    I followed the recipe exactly, but I think something is wrong. The liquid is very runny and just flows right through the pouf. It barely suds up at all. Is there anything I can do to make it thicker?

    • Monika Monika
      December 1, 2015 @ 3:05 pm

      Yes, the wash is very runny. I pour a bit on and immediately suds up the pouf. You can try adding more glycerin to thicken it up.

      • Jennifer
        December 5, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

        OK. Thank you!

  20. Jennifer Sanders
    December 4, 2015 @ 8:44 am

    I have such sensitive skin. I will try this. Do you have anything for shampoo?

  21. Dianne
    September 12, 2016 @ 11:54 am

    I use a recipe from a different site, with the same basic ingredients. I usually change the scent of castile soap used for a change, I absolutely love it and would not go back to commercially bought soaps. It is a bit runny, does create a nice lather. I made a new batch recently, my 16 year old son went in the bathroom after me and wanted to know what I had used because the bathroom had a nice smell, kinda warm and gingery he said. Maybe I can make one with a masculine scent he would like.