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Aromatherapy How To: Create Foaming Hand Soap

Updated: Feb 26

Aromatherapy How To: Create Foaming Hand Soap. If you're just getting into aromatherapy DIY then this is a great first recipe to start with! Foaming hand soap was actually one of the first things that I learned how to make when I hopped on the essential oils train back in 2017. It is so simple to make, & it feels really empowering to craft your own clean products that actually support you & your family, unlike many household cleaners. Plus, if you're doing it right & reusing your containers/re-purposing new containers, you are contributing much less waste to our planet's overflowing landfills. Below is the recipe, & stay tuned for my body care line launching this summer!

Aromatherapy How To: Create Foaming Hand Soap


  • 10-12 oz. glass container with foaming soap pump*

  • 1/2 cup castile soap - I use Dr. Bronner's**

  • 1 tbsp (.5 oz.) vegetable glycerin

  • 1 tbsp (.5 oz.) Vitamin E oil - carrier oil substitutes below***

  • 5-7 oz. distilled water

  • Gentle essential oil options for soap: Rosemary (antiseptic/antiviral), Scots Pine (antibacterial), Geranium (antimicrobial), Grapefruit (antiseptic), Tea Tree (anti-fungal, antimicrobial), Peppermint (antimicrobial), Tangerine (antiseptic/anti-fungal)

For the example, we will create an essential oil synergy that you can recreate at home using rosemary, grapefruit, & geranium. I went with these 3 oils because although rosemary is both antiseptic & antiviral, it also brings moisture to your hands. Geranium is antimicrobial, smells amazing, & balances oils/emotions. The citrus family is known for their fabulous cleaning abilities, & grapefruit is no exception!

The Process

  • Start by creating your essential oil synergy in a separate glass container: stir together 13 drops Geranium, 34 drops Grapefruit, 13 drops Rosemary.

  • In your glass soap dispenser, blend together the castile soap, Vitamin E (or carrier oil), & vegetable glycerin.

  • Next, add your essential oil synergy of rosemary, geranium, & grapefruit to the glass dispenser.

  • Finally, add in the distilled water to your glass dispenser, mix everything together, &you're ready to use your homemade soap!

I can't tell you how much joy making the household cleaners & body products for our home has brought into my life, & I wish the same for you! Plus, the majority of household cleaners are packed with chemicals, making the typical indoor household 4 times more toxic than the outdoors. Don't you want to create a healthier environment for you, your pets, & family?

Pro Tip: Be careful purchasing your essential oils & be sure to buy only quality tested essential oils - many brands mix synthetics/chemicals in, so you have to be careful. For example, I would not trust any of the cheap brands at discount/department stores. Soon, I will be posting an article with safe & trusted essential oil brands that you can reference for yourself!!

If you love your new homemade soap, you'll adore the new clean beauty line by Embodied Ambrosia. And, learn where to purchase quality essential oils here. Grapefruit & Lavender essential oils make great cleansers as well!

*I've been a long time Grove Collaborative member (before it became trendy w/ Drew Barrymore lol), & must say, they have excellent reusable soap dispensers - here is their foaming one.

**No need to use essential oils, if you'd rather pick a Dr. Bronner's scent (Rose, Peppermint, etc.), or leave it unscented.

***If you don't have the ingredient, substitute your vitamin e oil for another carrier oil that is high in Vitamin E. Examples: almond, apricot, sunflower, almond, etc.

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