Why do I use homemade foaming hand soap? Well, we go through a lot of hand soap. My skin has grown increasingly sensitive over the past few years, even more so in the Winter when it’s exposed to cold weather. Because of this, I’ve found that I need a very gentle, and inexpensive soap. The fragranced, foaming hand soaps that we had been buying on “sale”, gifting to the kids’ teachers, and receiving as a teacher myself, were irritating and drying my hands. There had to be a better way.
My oily friend saved my hands.
A friend, who I had met through card-making classes, reached out to introduce me to the world of essential oils. She knew the way to my crafty heart was with a DIY project. So, she sent me a fabulous package with oil samples, some small bottles of castile soap, and directions. All I needed to provide was an empty foaming soap bottle (I had 3!) and water. That was nearly 5 years ago and I haven’t looked back from making my own homemade foaming hand soap.
Homemade foaming hand soap with only 2 ingredients
Yup, that’s right, only 2 ingredients required. Of course, if you want to get fancy with the fragrance and softeners, you may, and I’ll tell you how. Let’s start with the basics:
I always add essential oils to my homemade foaming hand soap for 2 reasons. The first, is for a germ-busting boost. There are so many essential oils that help support the immune system and combat germs. My favorite to use for this is Thieves oil blend from Young Living. The blend in Thieves is great for it’s anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, AND it smells great. That brings me to the second reason I use essential oils in my homemade foaming hand soaps: to make them smell good! My second favorite oil blend to use is Citrus Fresh from Young Living. This blend just smells yummy! It’s full of uplifting citrus fragrances: lemon, orange, grapefruit, and more. When I use this soap, it just brings a little sunshine to those gray Winter days. Now, citrus oils are photosensitive (they don’t play well with sunshine), so I will swap out the Citrus Fresh for Lavender or a Spruce when the sun starts peeking out a little more around here.
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The soap I like to use:
The bottles, in case you don’t have these already on hand this is what I ordered for extras:
I will be trying these larger ones when I need bottles again: