Make Your Own Organic Hand Soap

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I love making soap, but I find it easier to use a pump-style liquid soap for hand washing. I use the following method, which creates a moisturizing soap that is inexpensive, smells fantastic, and comes together quickly. 

What you'll need: 

8 oz foaming soap container

approximately 3/4 cup distilled water 

1-2 tbs your choice carrier oil
examples: olive oil, sunflower oil, argan oil, jojoba oil 

25-30 drops essential oil blend like this Germ Fighter blend (optional)

Add all the ingredients to a your foaming soap bottle put the lid on and shake. 
You may have to shake your bottle periodically before use. 

What is Castile Soap?

Back when soap was made exclusively from rendered animal fats, castile soap was the name given to the first soap made from plant-based fat, olive oil. The term castile soap is now used to encompass a broader range of plant-based oil liquid soaps and may also contain a combination of coconut oil, olive oil, and hemp oil. One of the most popular and widely recognized brands is Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap which is available in scented and unscented versions. 

Benefits of Castile Soap

+ It's multipurpose so you can use it for more than making hand soap, it can actually replace a wide range of cleaning products in your home.

+ It's made from plant based oils, so it's vegan & cruelty-free

+ It's gentle on the skin

+ It's customizable, so whether it's handsoap, body wash or a cleaning product you can make it your own with essential oils. 

+ It's concentrated so a little goes a long way

+ It's inexpensive and easy to find

Not sure which essential oil to pick? Check out the benefits of lavender essential oil here to see if it might be a good fit! 

See how quickly this soap comes together in this tutorial. 


The essential oil used in this recipe is primarily for scent, so feel free to use it with any aroma you find pleasing or try an unscented version if you prefer. Possible scent combinations you could try include sweet orange and lavender, tea tree and lemon, or lavender and chamomile. You can also make this soap with a regular hand soap dispenser using a 1:1 soap to water ratio. The ratios are forgiving, so use this as a jumping-off point to create something that works well for you and your family. The price breakdown using all organic ingredients comes to about $1.92 per batch. This price does not include the cost of the packaging, but bottles are available on Amazon. I recommend using a glass bottle like these ones. You can recycle a bottle of a previously purchased foaming soap if you have one. 

 Interested in making your soap? Learn more about the different methods of soap making here

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