Men’s Body Wash Recipe for Dry or Sensitive Skin

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This men's body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren't a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won't leave their skin feeling stripped and tight.

This men’s body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren’t a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won’t leave their skin feeling stripped and tight. Because this men’s body wash recipe uses a simple, unscented Castile liquid soap as a base for the body wash, it’s incredibly quick and easy to make. The addition of aloe vera gel, glycerin and natural carrier oils help to keep moisture locked into skin while also nourishing what is the largest organ on the human body. This men’s body wash recipe also includes one of my favorite go to ingredients – neem oil – that while optional, helps to combat body acne and other skin issues.

This men's body wash recipe is perfectly suited for men who aren't a fan of traditional bar soap or want a more moisturizing product that won't leave their skin feeling stripped and tight.

Men’s Body Wash Recipe for Dry or Sensitive Skin

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


5 oz. organic liquid Castille soap
2.5 oz. aloe vera gel
1 oz. rosehip seed oil
.5 oz. liquid vegetable glycerin
.1 oz. neem oil
3 mL skin safe masculine scented fragrance oil of choice, optional
2mL Polysorbate 20, optional


Using a digital scale weigh out the liquid Castile soap, aloe vera gel, rosehip seed (or other carrier) oil, vegetable glycerin and neem oil. Combine in a large Pyrex measuring cup then stir gently to mix all the ingredients.

Next, using a graduated plastic transfer pipette, measure out your skin safe fragrance oil of choice – or optionally half the amount of essential oil – and stir into the body wash. (The fragrance oil will mask the scent of the neem oil in this men’s body wash recipe.)

Now use a clean graduated transfer pipette to measure out the Polysorbate 20. Stir into the body wash mixture. (While this ingredient is optional it will help to keep your fragrance and other ingredients evenly combined within the body wash.)

Finally, use a funnel to pour into an 8 oz. container of your choice and label as desired for personal use. Shake gently then use as you would a regular body wash! (Psst. You can find and print out the “handmade” labels featured in this post at Everything Etsy here. Bulk blank sticker labels are available for a great price at World Label.)

If you like my men’s body wash recipe, you may also like my rose & lavender body wash recipe. Find it here. Or go here for even more men’s homemade skin care product recipes.

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  1. Hi,

    Is there a substitution you can you in place of Rosehip seed oil?

  2. Hello Rebecca! First, let me start by saying that I just LOVE your site! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipe ideas for us to try!

    I have a couple of questions regarding this recipe that I’m hoping you can shed some light on for me. 🙂

    I just made this, and followed the measurements to a T. While it left my skin SUPER soft, I find the overall product to be very watery. Is it supposed to be that way, and if not (or, even if so), is there a way that I can thicken this *without* the use of salt? I’d like it to be a bit thicker/creamier. (I *did* use the Polysorbate 20, BTW; I have no issues with using it. 🙂 )

    Finally, the recipe calls for 3mL of fragrance; could I use more than that, and if so, by how much? I find that the soap still smells strongly of the castille soap base that I use (I get that with all of them I’ve tried, so I presume that it’s a universal natural scent of the soap) & neem oil that I used (which to me, frankly, smells slightly like garlic. LOL).

    Thank you so much, Rebecca! Have a wonderful evening, and thanks for your time!

    • The polysorbate 20 won’t really thicken it. It helps the oil and water base stick together. It’s still going to be the consistency of a liquid Castile soap. You can experiment with thickening it by using things soy lechithin (as I did with this dog shampoo) or another thickener of your choice or even by including shea butter. The trick however is keeping the oil/butter combined with the Castile soap. You can use up to the max of recommended fo or eo for the total weight of the batch you’re making for your preference. With the fo I used I didn’t detect the neem oil or Castile soap scent at all in the final product. I used Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild unscented Castile soap. Of course different manufacturer’s will yield different results. Neem oil does smell like a nutty garlic. Lemongrass, lavender, tea tree and similar eo’s mask it very well with smaller amounts. Hope this helps.

      • Thanks, Rebecca! Upon waking this morning, I found the soap to be separated, even with the PSB 20, and….what felt like tiny grains (very minimal; like one or 2 “grains” per pump of soap) when I shook it back together & used it. That was interesting, as there were no solid components to the recipe, of course. LOL

        I’m using Bramble Berry’s Liquid Castile Soap Base; I’ll give it a shot with Dr. B’s and see if that makes a difference. 🙂 I do have some liquid soy lecithin, so I’ll play around with that as well.

        Appreciate you! Have a great day! 🙂