I love using foaming hand soap because it feels like I am washing my hands with beautiful smelling clouds. Unfortunately, conventional hand soaps are laden with harsh chemicals such as sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, triclosan, parabens and synthetic fragrances. Store-bought natural hand soaps are great, but they can be pricey.
I make my own foaming hand soap at home because it is super easy to do and it saves me money. It is made for a fraction of the price of pre-made natural hand soaps. This recipe contains no toxic chemicals, so it is not only safe for adults, but also safe on the tiny hands of children. This soap is so gentle yet effective, I even use it to wash my face!
Why Use Natural Soap?
Our skin is a semi-permeable membrane, which means it allows some molecules to pass through it. Therefore, the ingredients, good or bad, in our soaps, lotions, creams, and anything else we apply to our skin can be absorbed directly into our bloodstream (source). When toxic chemicals enter our body this way, it is actually more detrimental to our health than when we ingest them. When we eat or drink toxic chemicals, they are absorbed through our small intestine and sent directly to the liver. Here, they are detoxified and packaged for excretion through our urine or stools. This is called the Hepatic First Pass Effect.
On the contrary, when we absorb toxic chemicals through our skin, they enter directly into our bloodstream. When they enter our body this way, they have free reign to wreak havoc on our health in their full strength. For this reason, I am a huge proponent of natural, chemical-free beauty & body care products.
Now that I have convinced you that natural body care products are safer than their conventional counterpart, yet still effective, here is my foaming hand soap recipe.
- Foaming Soap Dispenser – You will need a foaming soap dispenser. You can purchase a dispenser like this one, or this one. Or, you can buy a bottle of foaming hand soap and re-use the bottle. This is what I do, and the bottles last quite a long time.
- 2/3rds Water – Fill your bottle two thirds the way with water. I use purified water, but good ol’ tap water will work too.
- 1/3rd Castile Soap – Fill the remaining third of your soap dispenser with castile soap. I use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile soap. This way, I can add my own essential oils to create my own scent. I find this ratio of soap to water produces a nice froth, without clogging the dispenser.
- 1 Tbsp of Vegetable Glycerine* – This ingredient is optional. Vegetable Glycerine is a humectant, which means it helps to retain the moisture in our skin, keeping our hands soft. I like this brand.
- 20 Drops of Essential Oil* – Essential oils are also optional, but I love adding them because not only do they smell great, they are also therapeutic. The help to kill bacteria & viruses, and keep our hands clean. Great options are lavender, orange, tea tree, peppermint, or lemon. Living Libations essential oils are my absolute favorite because they are pure and ethically sourced.
- Gently shake, and voila! Beautiful, toxin-free natural foaming hand soap!
I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Will you try making your own foaming hand soap?
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