DIY Liquid Shower Soap to help wake you up in the morning

We all know that the simple routine of taking a shower every morning can offer a soothing moment of “alone time” before diving into the demands of the day.  But what if we could transform this daily ritual into more than just a routine, and super-charge it with positivity? Picture this: infusing your shower gel with the invigorating power of essential oils, designed to awaken your senses and elevate your morning routine to new heights.

Imagine being able to create your own customized aromatic experience in the shower that can help you reset before you start your day - so you can feel awake, focused, energized and confident. Making your own DIY liquid shower soap with essential oils is easy - and in this post, we have the perfect recipe!

Let’s harness the aromatherapeutic benefits of 5 essential oils that can be a game-changer in setting the tone for a positive, energized day. Our sense of smell is a powerful influencer of mood, and as we wake up and try to shake off the grogginess of sleep, the right scents can work wonders. There are a few essential oils that are known for their awakening properties that not only stimulate the olfactory senses but also have the potential to shift our perspective for the entire day.

The science behind how certain aromas influence emotions and contribute to a refreshed and rejuvenated state involves the complex interplay between our olfactory system, brain, and emotional centers. The olfactory system, responsible for our sense of smell, is intricately connected to the limbic system—a set of structures in the brain associated with emotions, memory, and motivation.

When we inhale aromatic compounds from essential oils, they have been found to stimulate olfactory receptors located in the nose. These receptors send signals to the olfactory bulb, which processes the information and transmits it to the limbic system. The limbic system then activates the release of neurotransmitters and hormones, including serotonin and endorphins, which are associated with mood regulation and a sense of well-being. So just by smelling scents that are awakening, refreshening, uplifting and energizing we can deeply shift our mood, and shift our outlook.

And when we incorporate essential oils into our shower routine, this sensory experience can enhance our overall well-being and significantly improve mood and motivation throughout the day, making them a powerful tool in our arsenal for daily success.

Let’s unlock the secrets to crafting your own DIY shower gels with essential oils—because a mindful morning routine might just be the key to a more vibrant, energized, and fulfilling day.

Here is a list of our top 5 essential oils to use in your DIY essential oil body wash:

DIY Essential Oils Body Wash

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the common culinary herb, Peppermint. The essential oil is minty, fresh and awakening, and offers a quick jolt of alertness whenever you smell it.  It’s made up of molecules that are known to be focusing for the mind, and very uplifting. It can help us quickly shift our perspective and see things more clearly so we can feel more positive.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) Essential Oil is expressed (squeezed) from the peel of the grapefruit. Its aroma is fruity, citrusy and uplifting.grapefruit is known to offer an instant mood shift - taking us from feeling down and out - to suddenly feeling hope and excitement.. Energizing and joyful, grapefruit offers us a positive outlook and keeps us alert and present in the moment.  It contains a molecule that is known to be clearing and cleansing, and helps disperse emotions that make us feel stuck.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil  is steam distilled from the lavender flowers of the lavender bush-like herb.  Its healing benefits are many, but one its most powerful aroma therapeutic actions is to soothe away anxiety and tension, calming both the body and mind. Its calming actions are due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to ease the mind of worry, and help the mind-body connection regain its balance and resilience. And when we are able to feel calming we feel so much HAPPIER!

Orange (Citrus sinensis) Essential Oil is expressed (squeezed) from the peel of the lemon fruit.  It’s fresh, sweet and fruity aroma is instantly uplifting and can encourage us to feel more positive. It’s one of the most effective essential oil aromas to beat back feelings of depression, sadness and lethargy. It’s brightening, energizing and clearing - instantly helps us shift our perspective and feel more upbeat.

Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus Bergamia) is cold pressed (squeezed) from the peel of the bergamot citrus fruit. Its aroma is not as fresh and sweet smelling as sweet orange, but it rather gives off a more herby and floral scent. Also, its chemical composition is quite different from other citrus oils, and rather than being energizing it triggers a deep sense of stillness, and quiet in our mind and body. It’s a perfect choice when you want to create a calm peaceful mood and be happy at the same time!

Here’s how to make your own natural DIY Liquid Shower Soap with essential oils

DIY Liquid Shower Soap

This recipe makes one 4 ounce bottle.

What you’ll need:

  • Small digital scale
  • Measuring cups and spoons, or glass beakers
  • Stirrers, either metal or glass
  • Small whisk
  • One 4 ounce (approximately 100 grams)  glass (or plastic) bottle with pump.
  • Blank Labels
  • Parchment Paper
  • Paper towel


  • 100 grams ( about ½ cup of unscented castile soap)
  • 7 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops of Peppermint
  • 8 drops of Grapefruit
  • 6 drops of Bergamot Oil
  • 8 drops of Orange Oil


  • Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter.  Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Set out your digital scale and all other blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
  • Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
  • Using your small digital scale, and measuring spoons, measure and weigh your castile soap and pour it into a beaker or a measuring cup.
  • Add all the essential oils into the beaker with the castille soap and stir well.
  • Next, pour the mixture into your 4 ounce glass bottle, insert the pump and tighten and shake the bottle vigorously.
  • Make up a name for your DIY Liquid Soap, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach the label to the bottle.
  • Always shake the bottle vigorously before pumping out the soap, and make sure to avoid your eyes.

In Conclusion

Creating your own body wash recipe using essential oils is a rewarding and delightful way to wake up in the morning. By harnessing the power of nature and the captivating scents of essential oils, you can transform your morning shower routine into a refreshing and rejuvenating experience that will help you have a productive and positive day. Plus the molecules in the essential oils have additional properties that support cleansing and promote healthy skin.

Ready to embark on a morning routine that is super charged with essential oils? Let the scents of essential oils shift your mood, and set your day up for success!



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