Foaming Hand Wash 

I love this foaming hand wash. It makes my hands feel clean and moisturized at the same time. It is a wonderful addition to any bathroom or kitchen and makes a wonderful gift. 


You Will Need:     

  • 3 tbsp of liquid castile soap

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (alternative: grapeseed oil)

  • 20 drops of essential oils – see combination list

  • 16 oz (2 cups) size foaming pump – available online

  • 16 oz (2 cups) glass bottle or mason jar – whatever your pump will fit on.

  • Water

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How To Mix It All Together:

Pour the water in your glass jar first.

Allow enough room for the castille soap, avocado oil and essential oils.

If you add the castile soap in first and then the water, it may foam up. It’s not a big deal though. 

Add all the remaining ingredients.

Seal the jar with a foam pump dispenser. I bought a two-pack online at a reasonable price.

Shake the bottle gently to mix the oils, soap, and water.

Your hand soap should turn a milky yellow color.

Use within one month.

Keep out of direct sunlight.


You’re reusing the soap dispenser and therefore reducing plastic waste

You have the benefit of customizing your soap scent to suit you or to match a holiday scent

You’re reducing the number of chemicals that you’re sending into the water systems.


My Favorite Essential Oil Blend For This Recipe:

5 drops of sweet orange

5 drops of grapefruit

5 drops of bergamot

5 drops of spearmint


Essential Oil Substitutions:

10 drops of peppermint (or lemon) with 10 drops of tea tree

I like tea tree for its anti-microbial properties

10 drops of cinnamon with 10 drops of nutmeg for a holiday scent


Please Note:

I decided to use olive oil in my second batch of foaming soap instead of avocado oil. It worked just fine but the olive oil did not mix as well and was not as creamy as the avocado oil. The olive oil is an adequate substitute but not great. I had to shake the Mason jar before each hand wash because it had a tendency to separate. The avocado oil will separate slightly but not to the degree that the olive oil did.

Two more alternative oils to try are grapeseed oil and fractionated coconut oil.


Avocado oil on the left and olive oil on the right. Some separation is normal. Shake the bottle a little to remix. ​



Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.

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