DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Only 3 Ingredients
Tis the season for pumpkin spice, sugar cookies, and everything nice
Can you believe it, December is here already? And with that comes smells of the holiday season! The most delicious smelling month of the year - or at least in my opinion. From gingerbread cookies and shortbreads to cinnamon pinecones. And we cannot forget the fresh, earthy smell of the Christmas tree! But for those of us that aren't baking EVERY single day of the month and holiday season, how will we fill our homes with delicious fragrance? Or for those that desire, the pine, and evergreen, earthy scents but have an artificial tree?
Today, I'm going to share some ways to keep your home smelling full of holiday cheer BUT without all of those nasty toxins that lurk in products.
In the dream land of Bath and Body works
I was extremely tickled to have holiday soaps at every sink! We had only been married a few years and finally had a house. Never before had I purchased the sweet smelling Bath and Body Works soaps. But now I wanted these delicious scents to fill my home, especially during the holidays and be an extra “treat” to myself and guests every time they washed their hands.
Even after learning about environmental toxins, these soaps stayed in my home - simply because they smelled SO delicious! That is until I found another way. A win for safety and for delicious fragrances during the holidays.
Enter Essential Oils
Using essential oils in my home has helped me to further eliminate and reduce the toxic load within my home. I can happily say that we are about 90% non-toxic (I'm still working on transitioning my husband slowly.) Essential oils have given me the power to create a safe product for my family to use while keeping the house smelling fresh (or in the case of the holidays - like fresh baked cookies.
Why I made the switch
Toxic ingredients found in many personal care products.
Unfortunately, I was not able to find their hand soaps on the EWG website. Did you know that companies have to give EWG permission to be on their site? I'm going to make an educated guess and say that they are probably ranking at about a 6-7 based on the individual ingredients rating scores. When I searched the individual ingredients, here is what I found.
FRAGRANCE - I've talked about this before because it is in literally everything! Remember companies can hide up to 3,000 other ingredients under the word "fragrance." That means, that fragrance equals a wicked mixture of toxic chemicals that impact your health. Short-term symptoms could include respiratory problems, allergies, headaches and even dizziness. Often "fragrance" means that it includes endocrine disrupting chemicals, neurotoxins, and carcinogens.
COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE - According to the EWG Skindeep Database, it is rated at 4 for allergies, skin irritations, and dermatitis.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL - High risk for irritation to the skin, eyes and the lungs with as little as 2% of the ingredient being used. Most companies do not have complete transparency of their ingredient lists so we have no idea how much of this product is actually in the product. Imagine if it makes up more than 2%?
METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE - Yikes, this ingredient is rated at a 6! With a major concern causing skin irritation and allergies. It is a powerful biocide and it kills microorganisms. It is often found in antibacterial products.
BENZYL BENZOATE - Another 6, show stopper! Unlike many of the other ingredients in their foaming hand soap that have been found to cause skin irritation, this bad boy is known for endocrine disruption! Meaning it impacts our hormones and how they interact with each other.
Back to the Happy Stuff like Gingerbreads, Candy Canes, and Sugar Cookies
I'm going to share a recipe for my foaming hand soap that I now use to create holiday scents. The recipe is super easy and can be changed throughout the year. The essential oil combinations can also be used in a diffuser.
Do-it-Yourself Foaming Holiday Hand Soap
1/3 cup of Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap (I recommend the unscented one, but the scented ones work too. It will only add to the fragrance.) distilled water or boil water for 2-3 minutes essential oils of your choice 12oz foaming hand soap dispenser, I use this set.
Add 1/4 cup of the castile soap into an empty soap dispenser. Then add a few drops of desired essential oils. Fill the bottle with the distilled water or cooled water that you boiled. Allow room for the pump to attach without overflowing the liquid.
Notes: If you have an old Bath and Body Works foaming dispenser you can use that until you get a new one. Be sure to allow the water to cool before pouring into the bottles. Those bottles are about 9oz and I used about 1/4 cup of Dr. Bronner's.
(Updated: If you use filtered water from a quality water filter, the mixture holds up better over time. Boiling the water is still effective but I prefer filtered water.)
Holiday Essential Oil Blends
Candy Cane Dream: 2 drops Peppermint + 2 drops Spearmint
Decorated Christmas Tree: 5 drops Idaho Balsam Fir, Idaho Blue Spruce, or Pine + 2 drops Tangerine + 1 drop Nutmeg Already have Christmas Spirit? Substitute that for the Tangerine and Nutmeg
Believe: 4 drops Believe + 2 drops Tangerine Believe is a combination of Idaho Blue Spruce, Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, and other essential oils that may encourage feelings of strength and faith when used aromatically.
No More, Bah Humbug: 4 drops Valor + 2 drops Tangerine or Cinnamon Bark Valor is a popular essential oil blend that has a woodsy fragrance and includes Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, and Frankincense. It is a powerful but calming blend that helps to uplift your mood for a positive holiday season.
White Christmas: 3 drops White Fir + 2 drops Cardamom + 1 drop Clove
Sugar Cookie: 5 drops Christmas Spirit + 3 drops Stress Away