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DIY Kokum Butter Body Wash

When the weather turns cooler, that’s when I have to start reaching for all the moisturizing things! More lip balm applied in one week than all the summer months combined, my face is constantly being slathered in moisturizer, and body butters are my new bff.

In addition to all those great moisturizing products, I’ve also started using a moisturizing body wash. I love a good body wash but in the fall/winter they can dry out my skin. Being the DIYer that I am, I decided to make my own body wash and make it so that it moisturizes my skin while cleaning it!

Kokum butter is one of the ways how this body wash gets it’s moisturizing abilities. We love kokum butter here at Pronouce Skincare! You’ll find certified organic kokum butter in our DIY Kokum Butter Sugar Scrub and in our Beard Balm.

We love to use kokum butter because it’s rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin e, which means it’s a great emollient and is very healing for your skin. It can revitalize skin and it strongly supports skin elasticity. Bonus points for hokum butter…it won’t clog your pores! Note: Do not use kokum butter if you have a nut allergy.
–Grab certified organic kokum butter in the shop!

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On top of kokum butter, this body wash also uses jojoba oil. Jojoba oil, which is actually a wax ester and not a true oil, is a wonderful moisturizer as it mimics collagen and is the closest to our natural skin oil. It’s a pretty impressive ingredient.
–Grab Pronounce certified organic jojoba oil in the shop!

We opt for castile soap in this body was as our soap base because it’s a super gentle soap with no funny ingredients hiding in it.

Vegetable glycerin is another favorite ingredient here at Pronounce Skincare. You can find it in our aftershave sprays, our bug spray, hand soap, and more. Glycerin helps ingredients “stick” to surfaces longer than if they were in water alone because glycerin acts like a carrier oil.
–Grab Pronounce certified organic vegetable glycerin in the shop!

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Lastly, we add in guar gum to this body wash. Guar gum is a natural gum that is used for many things, but for this recipe it is used to help thicken and bind the ingredients. Without the guar gum the body wash would separate into oil and soap which doesn’t make for a great body wash.
–Grab quality guar gum here.

Using this kokum butter body wash has been a game changer for me this season. I still apply my body butter and other moisturizers, but now when I step out of the shower my skin doesn’t look like the cracked dirt of a desert. (True story people! My skin was scary stuff before this body wash!)

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Make It

  • Place kokum butter and jojoba oil into glass bowl. Heat over double-boiler until kokum butter has fully dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir in guar gum until fully dissolved.
  • Let mixture cool until room temperature.
  • Once cool, add castile soap and glycerine to bowl. Slowly stir to mix well.
  • Transfer to a glass jar and cap with pump lid.



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Comments 29

  1. I have never heard of Kokum butter before. (learn something new every day, right?) I get horribly dry feet in the winter so I really need to make this, it sound like an amazing recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have never tried kokum butter! It sounds amazing. I tend toward dry skin this time of year, so this would be perfect for me. Do you ever use it in face products? Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. I was JUST looking for a body wash recipe – it must be fate that I found this one! I’ve never heard of kokum butter – is it something similar to cocoa butter? The other ingredients I know, though I’ve never used guar gum in a body recipe before. It makes total sense that it would work to keep things emulsified, though. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Hi Tessa! Yay, it must be fate 😉 we are happy you’ve stumbled upon our recipe, too! Kokum butter and cocoa butter are similar but different. You can read more about the two types of butters and how they are different here. I hope this helps you! Happy DIYing 😊

    1. Hi there! You won’t need any preservative for this recipe. There is no water in this recipe and all the ingredients are shelf stable for 1+ years. Hope this helps! Happy DIYing 😊

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    1. Hi Amita! We have never tried this but I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to! There may be a ratio difference between the two though. I hope this helps you 😊

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      Hi Tiffany! In theory, that should be a good substitution, but I haven’t tried it. If you give it a go, let us know how it turns out!

  4. I’ve never used kokum before. Is there a reason that you use it instead of shea?
    I love learning the ‘nuance’ of ‘when one is better choice’ TUVM!

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      Hey Carol. Great question! You certain could use shea and it would work very well. Kokum doesn’t really have much of a smell, while shea has a distinct smell, so that’s one reason. Also, kokum butter has super great emollient properties, which makes it a no brainer for this body wash.

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      Hey Carol. Great question! You certain could use shea and it would work very well. Kokum doesn’t really have much of a smell, while shea has a distinct smell, so that’s one reason. Also, kokum butter has super great emollient properties, which makes it a no brainer for this body wash.

  5. Hello,
    Was making a batch and fell asleep waiting for the butter, oil, guar gum mixture to cool to room temp. Woke up to cold hard base. Can I re-heat the butter, oil, guar gum or wool that ruin it?

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  6. Being allergic to nuts, I appreciate your nut allergy warning. What could I use as a substitute for the kokum butter?

    I found your site when searching for DIY sunblock…lucky me, I have a photosensitive reaction to sunscreen. I break out in a rash if I’m wearing sunscreen and go in the sun, which makes me feel like a freak. Having eczema & being prone to acne, my highly allergic extremely sensitive skin is just too darn picky. Top it off with very fair, freckled, parchment-dry & thin skin…like I said, lucky me. I’ve taken to experimenting with things like coconut oil, neem oil, witch hazel, tea tree oil and the like (all pure, organic, etc.). SO HAPPY to have found your site!

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  7. I love using all natural ingredients especially for my body and face. This body wash seems fun and easy to make. Can’t wait to get all the ingredients and start my DIY exercise.

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