DIY Cedarwood Juniper Exfoliating Body Wash

Looking for a SUPER EASY way to exfoliate and clean your skin but you’re just not into sugar scrubs? This homemade exfoliating body wash is super nourishing and really easy to make with only 3 ingredients plus vitamin E and essential oils!

Exfoliating Body Wash

Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner! Yay! It’s weird, though, because some people had snow just last month, but we are actually in June! That means it’s time to scrub off dead skin and get your skin ready for summer and shorts season! But you don’t need to scrub your skin with a loofah to get it smooth and soft. Instead, just use this effective and moisturizing DIY cedarwood juniper exfoliating body wash! Plus, it smells great!

This DIY exfoliating body wash includes cedarwood, juniper, eucalyptus and bergamot essential oils.

This essential oil blend has antimicrobial properties, is great for your skin, and it will leave it smelling super fresh and clean.

Since this exfoliating body wash includes bergamot essential oil which can greatly increase UV sensitivity, you need to be careful before going outside. This is to help you be safe in the sun and to reduce the risk of a negative reaction such as a rash or sunburn.

To be safe and to reduce the risk of a negative reaction, make sure you rinse the exfoliating body wash off completely. And add this body wash to your nightly skincare routine. Don’t use it in the morning. Plus of course, always remember to use sunscreen—even if you use the body wash at night.

DIY Cedarwood Juniper Exfoliating Body Wash


  • 12 ounces brown sugar or white granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces your favorite body wash
  • 0.5 ounces shea butter *See note below*
  • 1.5 mL vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 16 drops juniper essential oil
  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 6 drops bergamot essential oil

Note: You can substitute shea butter with coconut oil.


  1. To a microwave-safe bowl, add body wash. Heat in the microwave for about 20 seconds—just until warm.
  2. To a separate microwave-safe bowl, add shea butter. Heat in microwave on low until melted.
  3. Add shea butter to sugar and gently stir to incorporate.

  4. Slowly add shower gel to the sugar/shea butter mixture and carefully blend in using a wire whisk until smooth.

    The mixture will be thin at this time but it will thicken as it cools.
  5. Add essential oils and vitamin E oil and mix in.

  6. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.

Pretty simple, right?

How To Use

Apply onto wet hands and gently scrub the cedarwood juniper exfoliating body wash generously to skin. If you’re putting on your face, be gentle and avoid your eyes. Massage in small circular motions to allow the sugar to scrub away dull, dead skin and the shea butter to nourish and moisturize. Enjoy the earthy and uplifting aroma of this cedarwood and juniper blend!

Rinse with warm water and gently pat skin dry with a towel. Then apply your favorite skin moisturizer or body spray. Hubby likes to pair this body wash with my woodsy DIY natural deodorant spray.


Exfoliating Body Wash

Shea butter is amazing! Not only is it incredibly moisturizing and nourishing for the skin, it reduces inflammation, heals, and soothes skin. Packed with fatty acids and natural vitamins, it also softens, smooths, conditions, and tones skin! An ideal remedy for dry, rough skin. 

Sugar effectively exfoliates, removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin smooth and soft. It also naturally draws moisture into the skin, keeping it hydrated.

Vitamin E oil is chock full of nutrients your skin needs. It also fights free radicals that lead to aging and is a great moisturizer.

Cedarwood essential oil is antiseptic, has anti-inflammatory properties, and it reduces skin irritation. Its pleasant wood-like scent also helps eliminate body odor.

Juniper essential oil not only has a refreshing scent that masks odors. It’s also antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, making it ideal as a natural deodorant!

Just like cedarwood essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil is anti-inflammatory and reduces skin irritation. Plus it prevents bad body odor and infections, leaving your skin odor-free and protected!

Bergamot essential oil is naturally deodorizing, stops body odor in its tracks plus has a refreshing yet powerful scent. What this means is that bergamot helps clean your skin, makes it less oily, and even eliminates odors!

So overall, this DIY cedarwood juniper exfoliating body wash is really beneficial! Whether or not you like to make your own sugar scrubs or you give them as gifts or use yourself, you’ll love this body wash!

Hope you love this exfoliating body wash!

Don’t have time to DIY?

Try this body scrub instead: Mahogany Teakwood Pumice Exfoliating Body Scrub

Exfoliating Body Scrub

This exfoliating body scrub cleanses and exfoliates skin with the help of volcanic pumice powder. Like sugar, volcanic pumice gently exfoliates, and moisturizing avocado oil softens and conditions skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft and ready for summer and shorts season!

It also contains African wild cucumber, a powerful odor-blocking plant with antibacterial properties. This herb works instantly to get rid of body odor at the source—the yucky, stinky odor-causing bacteria that live on your skin. Gross!

The scrub is also scented with Mahogany Teakwood fragrance oil, a robust and woodsy blend of mahogany, teakwood, cedar and oak that’s similar to taking a walk through the woods! Earthy yet uplifting.


Exfoliating Body Wash

How many DIY exfoliating body washes have you made? Do you give any as gifts?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Exfoliating Body Wash

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