Are you worried about the ingredients in your hand soap? 

Tired of using your hard-earned money on healthy versions of store-bought soap? 

If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you need to try this soap!  I promise it will not disappoint! 

Homemade foaming hand soap recipe 

Hidden Dangers of Soap

When I was pregnant with my firstborn, I started to pay more attention to the products that I was using.  It was then that I discovered the dangers of the ingredients that are traditionally used in soaps.  Fragrance, parabens, sulfates, triclosan, and synthetic dyes are all toxins and chemicals that are hiding in our beauty products.  These chemicals are known to disrupt hormones, cause reproductive problems, promote allergies, and are even linked to an increased risk of cancer.  I was horrified to find out that known carcinogens were in the products that I was using on a daily basis.  I was determined to find something better, something safer for myself and for my unborn baby. 

Making the Switch

It’s been a couple of years since I decided to make the switch to healthier alternatives, including hand soap.  It didn’t take long to discover that healthier products are often more expensive.  I didn’t want to spend the extra money on soap but also knew that I wanted a safe alternative, so I asked around to see what other like-minded mamas were doing.  Many said that they were making their own so I decided to give it a try.  I still can’t believe how easy and affordable it has been to make this.

Perfecting a Favorite

I’ve tried many variations of foaming hand soap over the last couple of years but this combination is my absolute favorite.  I make this soap to use in our kitchen and in every bathroom in our home.  My children like the smell and enjoy playing with the foam.  It sure is fun to clap your hands together with foamy hand soap.  =)  I love that it is free of toxins and that I know and trust the ingredients that are used.

Simple, Versatile & Effective

This recipe is so simple and versatile!  You can switch up the scent by simply using different oils each time you make it.  I almost always make Thieves foaming hand soap because I love the added immune boost that it gives.  There are many benefits to Thieves essential oil.  It is one oil that we always have in stock.  

Essential Oils

Switching up the scent with the season is always a fun change.  Here is a list of some essential oils that I think would work well in hand soaps. 

Citrus: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Tangerine

Floral: Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang

Fresh/Clean: Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Purification

Immune Support: Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Thieves

Herbs: Basil, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Thyme

Mint: Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen

Spicy: Clove, Nutmeg, Sage,

Winter: Christmas Spirit, Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen

Woodsy: Black Spruce, Cedarwood, Cypress, Juniper, Pine


How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

Now that you have some inspiration, grab your favorite essential oils and get ready to make this super simple and cost-effective foaming hand soap.

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  • Unscented Castile Soap
  • Essential Oils
  • Water
  • *Oil such as vitamin E, coconut, almond, grape seed, avocado, olive (Optional)


  • 10 oz. Foaming Hand Soap Bottle


  1. Fill the foaming soap bottle about 1/3 of the way with soap. 
  2. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil.
  3. If using, add 1-2 drops of additional oil such as vitamin E.
  4. Slowly, fill the rest of the bottle with water.  *Be sure to leave enough room at the top for the foaming dispenser.  If you fill the bottle too full, the contents will spill over.  I’ve made this mistake plenty of times. 
  5. Gently shake and enjoy!

A Few Tips

  • It’s important to note that not all essential oils are created equal.  There is a HUGE debate over which ones are the best.  I personally use Young Living essential oils but I have also used DoTerra and Plant Therapy.  I believe that each individual should do their own research to determine which oils are best for their family.  I strongly recommend staying away from any essential oils that you can purchase from the store as these are often not pure and have added fillers.  My general rule is to research everything before I buy it.  If you would like to chat more about essential oils, I’d be happy to send you some more information.

  • I prefer to add a couple of drops of additional oil such as vitamin E because it is a great moisturizer.  

  • You can certainly re-use foaming hand soap bottles.  When I made the switch from the scented store-bought soaps, I simply re-used the bottle.  Eventually, I purchased more bottles so that I could make the foaming soap for each room in the house.  Lemon essential oil works great for taking off sticky labels.  I’ve also had success soaking it and using rubbing alcohol.
  • You can use any type of castile soap.  If you are using one that is already scented, you don’t need to add additional essential oils.  You can also use other unscented soaps that are free & clear.  Just be sure that they do not have any of the added chemicals that you want to avoid.  

  • If I am only using one essential oil, I add 10 drops.  I find that 10 drops are plenty.  You can adjust the amount of oil you use according to personal preference.

  • You may need to give your bottle a gentle shake before each use as the soap and oils can settle at the top. 

I hope that you enjoy your toxin-free foaming hand soap.  


Love & Blessings,



Recommended Products


Foaming Hand Soap Bottles



Castile Soaps: Unscented, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Citrus, Almond & Tea Tree 



Various Oils: Avocado, Vitamin E, Jojoba, Almond, Grapeseed, Olive, Coconut





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