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Foaming hand soap is a fancy staple in many homes. Regular hand soap gets the job done, but there’s something extraordinary about seeing the suds wash away the dirt! Foaming hand soaps can contain many toxins, but my DIY Foaming Hand Soap With Nourishing Essential Oils is all-natural.

I keep my bathroom stocked with this moisturizing soap, and we always get compliments on how amazing it smells! I know your family will love it just as much as mine does.

What Creates Foam in Soap?

I don’t know about you, but I would choose a product with lots of bubbles over one with none any day! Kids and adults alike find foaming soap fun, and it creates a rich lather that seeps into the skin. Storebought hand soaps contain a toxin called sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS. SLS can cause severe eye irritation, skin irritation, and more. (1) If you’ve ever washed a little one, you know just how easy it is to get soap all over!

These sulfates cause skin reactions ranging from mild spots to heavy eczema in many people. Most people with skin conditions would never suspect their body care products are the culprit! (2)

Instead of turning to SLS for foam, you can use natural ingredients to create a rich lather. For example, glycerine is a plant-based substance that we employ in many DIYs, such as our Kids Body Wash. No worries if you don’t want to add another ingredient to your cart! You can turn almost any natural soap into foam by purchasing a foaming pump. No toxins needed!

Safe & Natural Foaming Hand Soap Ingredients

This hand soap comes together with only a few ingredients. Here’s what you need to make this DIY.

Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap: I recommend this high-quality brand because it’s entirely vegetable oil-based. Dr. Bronner’s has been around for years, and they’ve never compromised on their ingredients. Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap is an excellent base for foaming DIYs because it’s ultra sudsy! Stocking this soap in your cupboard is a perfect move for budget-savvy people because you can use it on your hair, face, and body.

Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera is soothing to the skin, and it’s a superb moisturizer. Using products that contain aloe vera can help speed up the healing process of wounds, such as minor scrapes and burns. (3) When purchasing an aloe vera product, be sure to get a brand that only uses aloe gel. Many companies add fillers that weaken the overall benefits.

Essential Oils: One of the most appealing things about soap is its scent. The best thing about using EOs is that you’re not just getting a product that smells good but one that can benefit your body in many ways. Storebought hand soap brands contain synthetic fragrance, but this DIY contains the real deal- luxurious essential oils.

The sky is the limit for essential oil combinations, but here are a few of our favorite oils to use in this recipe. I love customizing my hand soap to match the season or combat a specific issue.

  • Christmas Blend – Fir needle (Balsam fir, Douglas fir, white fir), peppermint, and vanilla absolute
  • Deep Breathing Blend – Cardamom, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree
  • Focus Blend – Cedarwood, frankincense, sandalwood, and vetiver
  • GoodBye Allergy Blend – Lavender, lemon, and peppermint
  • Healthy Digestion Blend – Anise, caraway, fennel, ginger, lemon, tarragon
  • Immune Boosting Blend – Cinnamon leaf (bark would be too strong in this recipe), clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, and lemon
  • Happy Blend – Orange, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, and vanilla absolute
  • Sleepy Time Blend – Roman chamomile, lavender, and vetiver

Make Foaming Hand Soap With Essential Oils

Whenever people ask me what DIY they should start with, I always recommend liquid hand soap! It’s one of the easiest things to make, and it has a significant impact since it’s used often. You can print this DIY Foaming Hand Soap recipe and store it in your kitchen drawer for quick access. After washing your hands, use my moisturizing hand cream to keep your skin feeling extra smooth.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap With Nourishing Essential Oils
 
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Instructions
  1. The exact measurements depend on the size of your foaming soap dispenser.
  2. Fill the dispenser 3/5 of the way with liquid soap.
  3. Then, add enough aloe to fill the dispenser ⅘ of the way.
  4. Top off with essential oils (10 drops for every ounce of your mixture).
  5. Be sure there's enough room in the bottle to place the pump without overflowing.
  6. Depending on the thickness of the aloe vera, you may need to add a little water.
  7. Secure the lid and shake vigorously.
  8. Use as you would any hand soap.
Notes
* Use any of these combinations or create your own:

Christmas Blend – Fir needle (Balsam fir, Douglas fir, white fir), peppermint, and vanilla absolute

Deep Breathing Blend – Cardamom, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree

Focus Blend – Cedarwood, frankincense, sandalwood, and vetiver

Good Bye Allergy Blend – Lavender, lemon, and peppermint

Healthy Digestion Blend – Anise, caraway, fennel, ginger, lemon, tarragon

Immune Boosting Blend – Cinnamon leaf (bark would be too strong in this recipe), clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, and lemon

Happy Blend – Orange, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, and vanilla absolute

Sleepy Time Blend – Roman chamomile, lavender, and vetiver

Step One: Add Soap

Note: The exact quantities of this recipe will vary based on the size of your jar. Fill your soap dispenser 3/5 of the way with Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap. 

Step Two: Fill with Aloe Vera Gel

Add enough aloe vera gel to fill the dispenser 4/5 of the way.

Step Three: Add Essential Oils

Top off the bottle with essential oils. This is the fun part and where I like to let my creativity shine! You should use 10 drops for every ounce of your mixture.

Step Four: Add Water

If you used an aloe vera gel that is extremely thick, add a little water to your jar. This will help thin the mixture and make the DIY Foaming Hand Soap easier to dispense. Place the lid on your jar and shake vigorously. Use as needed.

If you’d like an on-the-go option, I highly recommend trying my Hand Sanitizer With Essential Oils. It keeps germs at bay and is moisturizing enough to use often!


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