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Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap in 10 Christmas Scents

I love the smells of Christmas, but I don’t like the toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances that many commercial hand soaps use.

 

It’s so easy to make your own foaming soap.  All you need is a few ingredients, and in about 1 minute, you can whip up an {all-natural} moisturizing foaming hand soap.  Try all 10 of these amazing Christmas scents- Gifts of the Magi, Oh Christmas Tree, Winter Chai, Christmas Candy, Sweater Weather, Peppermint Surprise, Merry & Bright, Winter Spice, Orange Pomander, Gingerbread Cookie, and Immune Booster.  They smell amazing!  And they’re very gentle and moisturizing for dry winter skin.  They make great gifts!!

 

Here’s what you’ll need

16 oz glass foaming soap dispenser 

here’s the one shown in the photos.  I LOVE it!  Cute and makes lots of foam.

and lots more great designs here

and here’s a great one in BRONZE

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

unscented Castile liquid soap  (find my favorite here)

sweet almond oil  (find my favorite here)

vegetable glycerin (find my favorite here)

essential oil

distilled water  (you can find this in the water aisle of your grocery store)

 

ingredients

 

To make foaming soap simply combine the following ingredients in a 16 ounce foaming soap dispenser:

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

20-25 drops essential oil (see below for 10 of my favorite Christmas blends)

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

 

castile soapsweet almond oil

glycerinessential oil

stirdistilled water

moisturizing foaming hand soap made with essential oils

 

When you’re done reading this post hop on over to this post with 25 Easy Homemade Essential Oil Gifts for Christmas.  There are easy DIY recipes and ideas to make amazing Christmas gifts for almost everyone on your list – your mom, friends, sister, teachers, and even your husband.  There are recipes and instructions for bath bombs, perfume, cooling foot cream, soap, whipped body butter, coffee scrub, diffuser necklaces, dryer balls, sugar scrub, mugs, sugar cubes, bath salts, foaming hand soap, gel air freshener, rooms sprays, lip balm, salt scrub, dry body oil, beard balm, men’s cologne, ornaments, heating pad, shower melts, reed diffuser, roller bottles, and lotion bars. 

 

Gifts of the Magi Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

7 drops frankincense essential oil

7 drops myrrh essential oil

7 drops wild orange essential oil (represents the gold that was given to baby Jesus)

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

 

Oh, Christmas Tree Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

10 drops douglas fir essential oil

10 drops cedarwood essential oil

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

 

Winter Chai Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

10 drops wild orange essential oil

3 drops nutmeg essential oil (optional)

3 drops cinnamon essential oil

3 drops clove essential oil

3 drops cardamom essential oil 

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

 

Christmas Candy Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

15 drops wintergreen essential oil

7 drops cinnamon essential oil

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

 

Sweater Weather Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

12 drops eucalyptus essential oil

7 drops juniper berry essential oil

5 drops sage essential oil

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

 

Peppermint Surprise Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

15 drops peppermint essential oil

10 drops ylang ylang essential oil

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

 

Merry & Bright Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

10 drops white fir essential oil

7 drops grapefruit essential oil

7 drops frankincense essential oil

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

 

Winter Spice Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

10 drops bergamot essential oil

5 drops ginger essential oil

5 drops cassia essential oil

5 drops white fir essential oil

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

 

Orange Pomander Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

10 drops wild orange essential oil

5 drops clove essential oil

5 drops rosemary essential oil

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

 

Gingerbread Cookie Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

10 drops ginger essential oil

5 drops cinnamon essential oil

5 drops clove essential oil

2 drops nutmeg essential oil (optional)

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

 

Immune Booster Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

16 ounce foaming soap dispenser

1/4 cup unscented liquid Castile soap

1 tablespoon sweet almond

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

4 drops rosemary essential oil

4 drops clove essential oil

4 drops eucalyptus essential oil

4 drops cinnamon essential oil

4 drops wild orange essential oil

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

 

You might also be interested in checking out these other posts about using essential oils at Christmas:

Christmas diffuser blends

Christmas room sprays

How to make a reed diffuser PLUS 25 Christmas blends

25 Easy Homemade Essential Oil Gifts for Christmas

9 ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas

My 20 Favorite Roller Bottle Blend Recipes and Free Printable Labels

 

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12 Comments

  1. Constance Kinder December 9, 2015 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Where do you get the sweet almond? this does sound like a great Christmas gift for my friends. If
    only I can find all the ingredients.

    • Sarah Lewis December 9, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Hi, Constance.
      Thanks for your note! Hope you do make this for your friends. I love getting handmade gifts!

      Here’s a link to the sweet almond oil that I usually buy. http://amzn.to/1Y2916J It’s 100% pure, cold-pressed, food-grade sweet almond oil at a great price.

      This recipe is very flexible though. If you’re having a hard time getting all the ingredients, you can omit both the sweet almond oil and the vegetable glycerin from the recipe and still make a very nice foaming hand soap (it just won’t be moisturizing). And if you only have either the sweet almond oil or the glycerin, you can use just one of those and it will give the soap some moisturizing properties. I prefer the soap with both the glycerin and sweet almond oil because my hands tend to get very dry in the winter, but wanted to let you know that you have options. The soap would still a great gift even without those two ingredients.

      Sarah

  2. Amy Bush December 21, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Would it work out just as well to substitute coconut oil instead of almond (due to allergy issues)? Is there a better substitute?

    • Sarah Lewis December 22, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Hi, Amy. Yes, you could definitely use fractionated coconut oil instead of the sweet almond oil. Another great substitute is jojoba oil; it’s very emollient and acts like the natural oils already in oil skin. – Sarah

      • Angela February 17, 2016 at 10:42 pm - Reply

        I originally tried it using FCO and did not like it as much as using the Sweet Almond Oil. I think it was less moisturizing. I will test using Jojoba Oil next.

  3. AmyLee August 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU, for sharing your recipe & various fragrance blends with US! People helping other people, is a BEAUTIFUL, kind, & thoughtful act which helps make this WORLD a BETTER place! (Like you have done by posting your knowledge & sources)
    A GREAT, simple DIY recipe! It’s hard to find moisturizing recipes. I believe replenishing our skin’s moisture in winter is important to maintaining GOOD skin integrity/health!

  4. Corine September 27, 2016 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Have you ever tried putting items inside for presentation? Like greenery? or a cinnamon stick, etc?

    • Sarah Lewis October 7, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Hi, Corine.
      That’s a clever idea! I’ve never tried that.
      I’m not sure which décor items would work. You’d want it to be something that wouldn’t mold, mildew or spoil. So I would avoid food and plants (greenery). Maybe a decorative item made of durable glass, like an ornament; you’d just want to be absolutely sure it wouldn’t break. Let me know what you come up with. It’s a fun idea!
      Sarah

  5. Hannah November 12, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Hoe long until it goes bad?

    • Sarah Lewis November 21, 2016 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Hannah,
      I haven’t officially tested to see how long it could last, but I recommend using it within a few weeks. My family uses this type of foaming soap all the time. We usually use it up within a few weeks. If your family is smaller (or just doesn’t pump the soap dispenser as many times as we must to go through all that soap), I would make a smaller batch that you’ll use up within a few weeks.
      It’s made from Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap which is a highly concentrated liquid soap that is intended to be diluted at a ratio of 1 part soap to 10 parts water (similar to this recipe).
      Sarah

  6. Deb Rusch November 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Can one use bottled water or does distilled water work better? And what exactly is “fractionated” coconut oil?
    Deb

    • Sarah Lewis November 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Deb.
      Distilled water will help the soap last just a little bit longer, but you can use bottled water or filtered tap water, too.
      Fractionated coconut oil is coconut oil that has had all of its long-chain triglycerides removed. How I think of it is fractionated coconut oil (fco) is liquid, whereas regular coconut oil is solid at temperatures below 76. In this hand soap you want to use the kind that’s liquid at all temperatures (fractionated coconut oil).
      Sarah

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