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diy foaming hand soap made with essential oils-- with ideas for 21 spring and summer scents like lemon-basil and eucalyptus-spearmint

It’s so easy to make your own foaming soap with essential oils!

All you need are a few ingredients, and in about 1 minute, you can whip up an {all-natural} moisturizing foaming hand soap.

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I LOVE that I can use my essential oils to make so many different spring and summer scents!

Here are some essential oils that I think work really well in a spring/summer scented hand soap:

floral:  lavender, geranium, ylang ylang, rose (if you’re lucky enough to have some)

citrus:  lemon, lime, tangerine,  wild orange (also known as sweet orange), bergamot, grapefruit

herbs:  rosemary, thyme, oregano, clary sage, basil

mint:  spearmint, peppermint

clean scents:  lemongrass, eucalyptus, cleansing blends (aka Purify and Purification)

How do you use these essential oils when making your own hand soap? 

  • see below for my suggestions of 21 different essential oil blends
  • use your favorite single essential oil
  • make your own blend

 

So what’s in this foaming moisturizing hand soap?   What’s my recipe?

to a 16 ounce soap dispenser, add…

  • 1/4 cup liquid unscented Castile soap  (here’s the kind I use)

  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil  (here’s the kind I use)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin  (here’s the kind I use)

  • 20-25 drops essential oil (see below for 21 suggested essential oil blends in spring and summer scents)

  • fill with distilled water, leaving a little room for the pump

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

1) choose a 16 ounce soap dispenser

A couple things to look for in your soap dispenser:

  • material that it’s made out of–  choose glass, PETE, or HDPE plastic soap dispenser–as those materials are all considered safe to use with essential oils
  • ideally, you want a soap dispenser that’s the self foaming kind.  This recipe will work in a regular soap dispenser, but if you have a foaming one, the soap will last a lot longer as you only use a small fraction of the amount of soap with a foaming dispenser as you do with traditional soap dispenser.

2)  To your soap dispenser add 1/4 cup of liquid unscented Castile soap

tip:  measure if you wish, but this recipe doesn’t have to be super precise, so honestly, I usually just eyeball it.

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3)  add 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil

tip:  if you don’t have sweet almond oil, you can substitute another oil (such as, olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, or apricot kernel oil) or you can omit the oil altogether.  I love adding the sweet almond oil because it makes the hand soap extra moisturizing, and my skin tends to be dry and needs all the extra moisturizing it can get!

tip:  again, eyeballing amount is fine

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4)  add 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

tip:  if you don’t have glycerin, you can omit the oil altogether.  Just like adding the oil, I love adding the glycerin, because it makes the hand soap extra moisturizing.

tip:  again, eyeballing amount is fine

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5)  add 20-25 drops essential oil

see below for 21 suggested essential oil blends in spring and summer scents

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6)  stir briskly to combine the soap, oil, glycerin, and essential oils

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it should look like this after the soap, oil, glycerin, and essential oil are well mixed

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7)  add distilled water to mostly fill the container (about 1.5 cups)

tip:  be sure to not over fill the container, leave room at the top for the soap pump.  If you fill to the top with water, then when the soap pump is added, the soap will spill over the sides.

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8)  stir to combine, then add the soap pump, and you’re done.  You’ve just made your own moisturizing foaming hand soap in your own custom {non-toxic} scent!

diy foaming hand soap made with essential oils-- with ideas for 21 spring and summer scents like lemon-basil and eucalyptus-spearmint

21 Spring & Summer Scents to Try in Your Foaming Moisturizing Hand Soap

8 drops lemon essential oil + 8 drops grapefruit essential oil  + 8 drops geranium essential oil

12 drops lemon essential oil + 12 drops orange essential oil

6 drops lime essential oil + 6 drops grapefruit essential oil + 6 drops tangerine essential oil + 6 drops spearmint essential oil

10 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 10 drops spearmint essential oil

6 drops bergamot essential oil + 12 drops orange essential oil  + 6 drops ylang ylang essential oil

4 drops geranium essential oil + 12 drops lavender essential oil + 6 drops orange essential oil

12 drops lemon essential oil + 6 drops lavender essential oil + 3 drops orange essential oil

8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops lemon essential oil + 8 drops rosemary essential oil

4 drops geranium essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 12 drops lime essential oil

8 drops geranium essential oil +  12 drops grapefruit essential oil + 4 drops lime essential oil

15 drops lavender essential oil + 5 drops orange essential oil + 5 drops rose essential oil

12 drops vetiver essential oil + 12 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 7 drops orange essential oil + 3 drops peppermint essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil + 5 drops clary sage essential oil + 5 drops orange essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil + 5 drops geranium essential oil + 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil

15 drops cleansing essential oil blend + 10 drops lemon essential oil

8 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil

7 drops grapefruit essential oil + 7 drops orange essential oil + 5 drops lemon essential oil +3 drops bergamot essential oil

6 drops bergamot essential oil + 2 drops lavender essential oil + 2 drops geranium essential oil + 2 drops lemon essential oil

2 drops rosemary essential oil + 6 drops thyme essential oil  + 6 drops oregano essential oil  + 6 drops spearmint essential oil

4 drops peppermint essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 12 drops orange essential oil

12 drops basil essential oil + 12 drops lemon essential oil

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diy foaming hand soap made with essential oils-- with ideas for 21 spring and summer scents like lemon-basil and eucalyptus-spearmint

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Ready to make this foaming moisturizing hand soap?  Here’s where I get my ingredients for this recipe:

16 oz glass foaming soap dispenser 

click here for an adorable mason jar foaming soap dispenser.  I LOVE it!  Cute and makes lots of foam.

click here for a great one in BRONZE

click here for another beautiful one in a blue-green historical style mason jar

liquid unscented Castile soapclick here for the kind I use, you can also usually find this in Target, Whole Foods, and natural foods stores

sweet almond oilclick here for the kind I buy and where I get it

vegetable glycerinclick here for the kind I buy and where I get it

distilled water– you can find this by the bottled water in your grocery store, Walmart, or Target

 

I hope you have fun making and using your soap!  This is a recipe I use time and time again (customizing and changing up the essential oils, of course, just because I love to do that!)  Hope this recipe becomes a staple in your home, too! 

 

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