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25 of the best essential oil blends for amazing hand soap

by Ruth
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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 CleanEucalyptus, 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.


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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.


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Ingredients you need to make a foaming homemade essential oil hand soap-


2 essential oil bottles with castile soap, vitamin E oil and soap dispenser


7 Easy steps to making your homemade essential oil hand soap

  1. 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.
  2. Add essential oils
  3. 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)
  4. Fill the dispenser with filtered or distilled water making sure you save room for the pump parts.
  5. Secure the pump to the bottle.
  6. Gently shake to mix everything together.
  7. Use 1 or 2 pumps to wash your hands.

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.


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My Top 25 essential oil homemade foaming hand soap blends

As always feel free to adjust these to your liking. I've kept the drop amount to 10 per recipe so that the dilution is safe for family use.

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5 drops Bergamot + 5 drops Tangerine

5 drops Rosemary + 2 drops Lavender + 3 drops Lemon

5 drops Lemon Myrtle + 3 drops Lemongrass + 2 drops Citrus Fresh

3 drops Basil + 3 drops Lemongrass + 5 drops Spearmint

5 drops Bergamot + 2 drops Lavender + 3 drops Lemon

5 drops Jade Lemon + 5 drops Peppermint

5 drops Grapefruit + 5 drops Geranium

5 drops Lime + 5 drops Basil

5 drops Purification + 5 drops Lemon

5 drops Eucalyptus + 3 drops Lemon + 2 drops Spearmint

5 drops Tea Tree + 5 drops Citrus Fresh

5 drops Peppermint + 5 drops Tea Tree

3 drops Rosemary + 3 drops Marjoram + 3 drops Basil

5 drops Lavender + 5 drops Citrus Fresh

5 drops Eucalyptus + 3 drops Tea Tree + 2 drops Spearmint  

3 drops Lavender + 3 Geranium + 4 drops Lime

4 drops Ylang Ylang + 6 drops Citrus Fresh

3 drops Rosemary + 7 drops Peppermint

3 drops Patchouli + 2 drops Grapefruit + 2 drops Lavender

3 drops Cistus + 7 drops Spearmint

3 drops Cedarwood + 3 drops Lavender + 4 drops Bergamot

2 drops Melissa + 2 lavender + 6 drops Orange

4 drops Tangerine + 6 drops Spearmint

3 drops Lemongrass + 4 drops Cypress + 3 drops Lemon

3 drops Eucalyptus + 3 drops Lemongrass + 4 drops Tangerine


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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list of 25 essential oil blends to use in handsoap

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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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Cecilia April 2, 2019 - 5:20 pm

Does the peppermint make your hands cold? Also, would these be safe for littles because of the essential oils? My daughter is 16 months. Thanks! 🙂

Ruth April 4, 2019 - 2:12 pm

hi Cecilia, I’ve never personally felt like the peppermint made my hands cold. The dilution amount for the oil versus the amount of soap and the water is less than 2%. so I’m not sure you would get a cooling effect like you do when the dilution is higher. If you want to use an essential oil hand soap for your little you may want to look at Young Living’s Thieves hand soap or make your own using their Kid scents body wash. I personally use the kid scent body wash for my girl’s hand soap mainly because they have super sensitive skin and I’m not always there to monitor the amount of soap they use. Hope this helps. thanks for you great question.


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