DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap - The Rising Spoon

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap
I've been on a mission the past year to slowly replace my store-bought cleaning, bath, and beauty products with homemade versions made from non-toxic ingredients and essential oils. I'm thrilled to announce that I've finally ditched all the commercial hand soaps in my home and am now using my own DIY foaming hand soap recipe.  

Why the switch? Well, I wanted to avoid synthetic fragrances and unnecessary ingredients in commercial liquid hand soaps. Like, triclosan for one. Not to mention the fact that those hand soaps aren't any more effective than plain soap and hot water. Don't believe me? The F.D.A. admitted it themselves in this news release.

Seriously...why did I wait so long to make this? Homemade foaming hand soap is probably the easiest DIY recipe I've tried since exfoliating sugar scrub. Once you have a few simple ingredients, it takes all of five seconds to whip together. I'm not joking! It is so stinking easy and inexpensive, too.

Homemade Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap with Essential Oils
I used to spend $3-4 a pop on a 12.5 oz bottle of Mrs. Meyer's liquid hand soap only a few years ago, and back in the day loved Bath & Body Works soaps, which are three times as expensive. I had no idea that one little word on the back label--fragrance--meant that the product could contain hundreds of additional synthetic chemicals. 

According to the F.D.A. (again) "Fragrance...formulas are complex mixtures of many different natural and synthetic chemical ingredients, [so] they are the kinds of cosmetic components" considered "trade secrets" (source). That's right...companies are not required to disclose everything in their products! They're protected by the government. Ironic, no?

These days, I like to know what I'm putting IN and ON my body, so I say good riddance to any product containing the mysterious ingredient "fragrance".
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Cleansing and Moisturizing Ingredients

Once I finally got around to making hand soap with liquid castile soap, water, and some of my favorite essential oils, I was jazzed! It was so easy and my hands smelled excellent after every use. 

However, the original mixture left my hands feeling a little dry after each wash. It wasn't a big deal at first, cause I've been using commercial hand soap my whole life and it always dried out my hands. But, then I saw some folks adding aloe vera gel or carrier oils to their homemade liquid soap recipes to help moisturize the skin. I thought that was brilliant!

Since I already had fractionated coconut oil on hand for my DIY Flavored Toothpicks recipe, I added a tablespoon of that, along with an extra tablespoon of vegetable glycerin (I don't even remember what recipe I was supposed to make with it originally). 

My last batch of foaming hand soap used Basil essential oil (as you can imagine, it smells fantastic), so I thought I'd try two different essential oil blends this time around: Thieves and Purification. Both blends contain a mixture of powerful essential oils AND they smell wonderful. 

I use purification often in the summertime for my Healthy Summer Skin Salve and in my Smelly Odor Knockout Spray, so I was happy to find yet another use for it.

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap
Well, both of the new foaming hand soaps turned out amazing! They cleaned my hands well, left them smelling great, and my skin wasn't dried out. Victory!

I now have each bottle in a separate bathroom and the original Basil hand soap at my kitchen sink. I love the new moisturizing recipe so much that I added vegetable glycerin and fractionated coconut oil to that one as well. It made sense cause with all my cooking and touching different ingredients, I have to wash my hands frequently.

If you don't have the glycerin or fractionated coconut oil on hand, you can easily substitute your favorite liquid carrier oil like grapeseed oil or jojoba oil instead. You want something that won't have an intense smell, stays liquid at room temperature (so regular coconut oil won't work), and moisturizes well.

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap 

Want to make your own foaming hand soap at home? It's not hard! Try my super easy recipe using a few simple and non-toxic ingredients like liquid castile soap, water, moisturizing liquid carrier oils, and essential oils. This homemade version costs pennies to make a single batch and your hands will thank you!
Yield: This makes enough to fill a single 8-ounce foaming hand soap dispenser.

1 (8-ounce) foaming hand soap dispenser*
2 ounces of unscented liquid castile soap (I used THIS)
1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin (I used THIS)
1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (I used THIS)
10-20 drops of essential oil per bottle (I only use THESE essential oils)
Purified water (like reverse osmosis, deionized, distilled, etc.)

*I used a plastic foaming soap dispenser, but if you want to use citrus essential oils (like lemon or grapefruit) in your recipe you need to use glass. Citrus oil will degrade plastic over time. Check out this Etsy Shop for glass mason jar foaming soap dispensers you can buy. If you want to make one yourself, here is a DIY tutorial to try. 

Measure the liquid castile soap into your foaming hand soap container, followed by the fractionated coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, and finally the essential oil. I would start with 10 drops and if you want a stronger scent, go up from there. 

Fill the rest of the bottle (leaving at least a 1/2 inch of room at the top) with purified water, then give the bottle and good shake for a minute so everything is well mixed. That's're ready to wash your hands! Wasn't that ridiculously easy? 

Note & Tips
  • Feel free to substitute your favorite liquid carrier oil instead of fractionated coconut oil and vegetable glycerin if you don't have them on hand. 
  • The oils will naturally separate from the water over time, so you'll need to give the bottle a gentle shake every so often to re-disburse them. 

I'd like to hear from YOU!

Have you ever tried homemade soap before? Leave a comment below!

Want to make your own foaming hand soap at home? It's not hard! Try my super easy recipe using a few simple and non-toxic ingredients like liquid castile soap, water, moisturizing liquid carrier oils, and essential oils. This homemade version costs pennies to make a single batch and your hands will thank you!

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