A recipe for an all natural foaming hand soap that’s hypoallergenic, gentle and safe for sensitive skin, kids and everyone in the family! This recipe uses only ingredients – Castile soap and water, with optional essential oils and moisturizing Vitamin E oil or Liquid Aloe Vera Gel.
I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap non-stop since my first gallon arrived from Amazon in 2011 (get it here). If you’ve been following my blog since then, you know how much I LOVE this amazing soap (I wrote a whole post on it here). I use it in cleaning products, in the shower, and in my homemade laundry detergent and love how it comes from a company with a conscience (fair trade and community-minded), whose products are organic and eco-friendly. (You’d think I was PAID to write all that, but I’m not! I promise! I just really love it!)
I use Castile Soap all of the time! I use it in all of our hand soaps and body washes. It lathers well and is also gentle and mild. It doesn’t contain any harsh detergents like Sodium Laureth or Lauryl Sulfate so it is wonderful to use on the body. It is an olive oil based soap that originated in the Castile region of Spain, which is where it gets its name.
I used to really struggle with dry, cracked hands, especially in the winter time when I used store bought hand soaps. Now that I use Castile Soap, I rarely even have to use lotion, even in the winter!
The Problem with Most Hand Soaps
They contain harsh detergents called sulfates, the most common one being Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Now this detergent is good to scrub your car, or the siding on your house, outdoor furniture but it is way too harsh to use on your skin. Because it is cheap to manufacture, you’re going to find it in everything from shampoos, to baby shampoos, to body washes, soaps, face soaps, and hand soaps.
It works so well that it strips the top layer of oil off of your skin – the sebum. This leaves your skin vulnerable to infection and will dry out your skin. Castile soap is a much more appropriate soap to use in the hair and on the body.
Foaming Hand Soap Pump
The trick to making your soap foam is simply the pump! It adds air while it pumps to make it foam. Get the pretty ones you see in my pictures here.
Which essential oils to use?
I only use essential oils from Young Living. I have found them to work better than other brands I’ve tried. You have to use double the amount of other, cheaper essential oils to get the same scent and health benefits and many essential oils on the market aren’t even effective (because I’ve tried many of them) for improving health issues. I’ve used Young Living’s oils for years to help keep my family healthy, and haven’t been disappointed yet! Learn more about them here.Print
Homemade All-Natural Foaming Hand Soap
All natural gentle and moisturizing foaming hand soap recipe.
- 4 tbsp. Castile Soap (or 1/3 of the bottle) (I like Dr. Bronner’s in Peppermint, Almond and Lavender for hand soaps)
- 10 drops Thieves, Purification, Peppermint, Orange, or Tea Tree Essential Oils
- approx. 10 oz. water
- 12 oz. Foaming Hand Soap Pump, or get the fancy one shown in the pictures
- Optional – 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil or Liquid Aloe Vera gel (adds moisture)
- Fill the soap pump 3/4 full with water
- Add the Castile Soap
- Add the optional Aloe Vera or Vitamin E oil
- Add the essential oils
- Fill the rest of the way with water
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