Homemade foaming hand soap
In the past, I have admitted to being a hand soap snob.
Working for years for the health department will turn you into one.
Or just being a mom to two messy kids. Who love to get sticky stuff all over you. It will drive you to want a hand soap that works to get all the yuck off.
And there might be a tad of a germaphobe in me too.
But Y’all, I seriously wash my hands ALL THE TIME.
My love of the three hand soaps I would buy from the Williams Sonoma store inspired me to create these three easy foaming hand soap recipes with essential oils when I first started oils.
I’m not sure if you have seen how expensive buying wonderful smelling soaps can be but being frugal has lead me to be crafty. Lately, I’ve been venturing out and trying a few more fun smelling, hard-working foaming soap recipes.
In this post, I’m going to cover the basics of how to create your own homemade liquid hand soap with Castile soap and creating scented soaps using essential oils. I even give you a list to download for free of the 25 best essential oils to use for hand soap recipes.
For those of you new to oils, I bet you are wondering…
Is it safe to add essential oils to liquid soap? I answer this great newbie question in my post- Can you add Essential oils to liquid soap?
*This post contains affiliate links to the essential oils and other products I talk about in the post.
What are the best essential oils for hand soap?
The best essential oils for hand soap is really based on what smells you like. The best part of making this DIY essential oil project is having fun mixing and blending oils for your own unique blend.
The most important part is choosing high-quality pure essential oils so you know you are getting a pure product.
I like to make small batches so I can change blends depending on the time of year, who is going to be using the soap and the essential oils I have on hand.
Here is my list of the best essential oils for hand soap-
Florals– Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Melissa, Jasmine, Cistus
Citrus *– Lemon, Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Citrus Fresh, Lemon Myrtle, Jade Lemon, Bergamot
Mint- Peppermint, Spearmint
Herbs- Rosemary, Marjoram, Basil, Thyme, Dill, Ginger, Sage, Tea Tree, Thieves
Woody and Earthy- Cypress, Pine, Fir, Spruce, Patchouli
Fresh and Clean– Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Purification, Raven, Melrose
* Use caution when using citrus oils and going out into the sun. For a great lemon smell without the essential oil photosensitivity try Lemon Myrtle essential oil. read my post on how to use essential oils in the sun for more information on safely using oils.
How do I make homemade liquid hand soap with Castile and essential oils foam?
Foaming soap is made by using regular soap that has air added to it by the type of foaming dispenser you use.
The key to really good foaming soap is to cut your soap to a ¼ soap to ¾ distilled water ratio. My basic recipe below should have you really close to the right ratio if you use an 8oz dispenser. I’ve learned the hard way that to much soap will clog the pump.
How do I make my own foaming hand soap with Essential Oils?
- use my basic recipe to make your own blend
- using one of the suggested blends I’ve created below for you.
My Top 25 essential oil homemade foaming hand soap blends you can print
For an easy to print pdf of the essential oil Homemade Foaming hand soap recipes, click on the image below and download the essential oil inspired Hand soap recipes, PDF document and print it out on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
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And to recap- The Ingredients you need to make a foaming homemade essential oil hand soap-
- Liquid Castile Soap
- Distilled Water
- Fractionated Coconut Oil (optional) this helps moisturize hands
- High-Quality Essential Oils like Young Living
- Vitamin E Oil – (optional)
- 8 oz Foaming pump dispenser– (the foaming pump is how you will get it to foam, they are super affordable and so worth it!)
7 Easy steps to making your homemade essential oil hand soap
First, Put 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap into your empty 8 oz soap dispenser. You can use more soap if you have a very large dispenser, or cut the recipe in ½ if you have a smaller container.
Next, selected one of the essential oil blends listed above and add the essential oils to the dispenser.
This step is optional but I like to added for the moisturizing effect it gives. Add your fractionated coconut oil and vitamin E oil if you choose. These will help leave your hands feeling silky smooth. (You can substitute sweet almond oil or other favorite carrier oil)
Fill the soap dispenser with filtered or distilled water making sure you save room for the pump parts. I prefer distilled so I know that I'm not adding bacteria and mold to my hand soap.
Secure the pump to the bottle.
Gently shake to mix everything together.
Use 1 or 2 pumps to wash your hands. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds.
That’s all it takes to make your own homemade liquid hand soap with Castile and essential oils.
I really like the instant gratification of being able to use this right as you make it. Plus being able to use whatever essential oils I have on hand is nice too.
Looking for the best smelling essential oil blends to use for your DIY hand soap? Look no further I have a list of some great blends you will love to try.
I hope you have a fun time making these essential oil hand soap recipes. I’d love to hear what your favorite essential oil blends are so comment below and let me know!
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Wednesday 8th of March 2023
Have you ever made a liquid hand soap using marula oil? It’s my favorite scent but the price of dial’s marula infused hand soap has gone up in price over 300%. Is it a difficult scent to get? Thank you for your response.
Thursday 24th of February 2022
I wonder if you could tell me which soap would be the best Valentines gift? Thank You
Friday 4th of February 2022
Hi Ruth, I have been using your recipe for the foaming hand soap from your 2018 post which has 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup castile soap, plus 1 tsp Dawn. I see this recipe calls for only 2 Tbsp castile soap and no Dawn. I am confused as to which recipe to follow Thank You,
Sunday 15th of November 2020
I’d love to know why you don’t use a preservative as your soap contains water?
Friday 20th of November 2020
Great question. Thank you for asking. As a rule of thumb, soap does not require a preservative because the pH level does not allow for bacteria or mold growth. Also, as an extra step of caution, I recommend a brand of Castile soap for my recipes that does contain some preservative already in it. I also recommend in all my recipes to use distilled water to help control the introduction of bacteria. - Ruth
Sunday 1st of November 2020
Hi This is very exciting and I would like to add essential oils to my non-scented Castile soap however, I don’t really want a foaming hand wash and was wondering whether I could just add the fractionated coconut oil, the Vit E oil and essential oils choice without adding water?