Foaming Hand Soap with Essential Oils

Alright so hopefully by now I’m getting into the swing of this đŸ™‚ I have a recipe for you for scented DIY foaming hand soap! I’m posting this now mostly because the last batch I made was just about empty. This recipe is super moisturizing and nourishing, smells amazing, and contains all natural ingredients that you can pronounce! It is also SUPER cost efficient and will save you tons compared to store-bought smelly soaps. The one catch is the bottle needs to be shaken well EVERY time you use it because the oils can separate.

Oily Livin Foaming Hand Soap With Essential Oils

I also try not to use any citrus oils in my soap because my dispenser is made of plastic! I believe the soap is diluted enough that adding citrus oils isn’t a big deal (a few drops to several ounces of water and soap), but I try to be safe anyway. The oil I chose to use, Christmas Spirit, does contain some orange oil so I’ll let you know how my dispenser holds up. I’ll also add that I’ve made this recipe several times and typically just kind of wing it, so I made an effort to be a little more precise so I could share my recipe with ya’ll. Alright so here we go:


  • 2 Tablespoons Liquid Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby so that I can add my own scent)
  • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil (or another liquid carrier oil)
  • a few drops of vitamin E oil
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice
  • Foaming hand soap dispenser

Directions For Making Foaming Hand Soap:

I started by rinsing out my soap dispenser (hence it is still wet in the photos). I had also previously written a reminder on the bottle to shake it before using. I started by adding the Castile soap with a tablespoon to my soap dispenser. I used 2+ tablespoons because I like mine to be super soapy; you may find you don’t need that much though!

foaming hand soap

Then measure out and add the carrier oil. I used sweet almond oil purchased from Amazon. I choose this one as opposed to olive or jojoba oil because it has a lighter color and doesn’t add a yellowy color to the soap.

Oily Livin Foaming Hand Soap With Essential Oils Step 2

Add a drops of vitamin E oil, and then add your essential oils. I used 12 drops of Christmas Spirit, which is a great blend that Young Living makes and is very festive! You could use a combination of two scents with a total of 10-15 drops; some suggestions are Peppermint, Thieves, Lavender, Stress Away, or Cedarwood. If you want to add citrus oils, lime, orange or lemon would smell great!

The last step is adding water! I would recommend using distilled or boiled water if you can, but to be honest I just add from the tap. I try to do this very slowly to prevent the soap from foaming too much or spilling over the top. Here is my finished product!

Oily Livin Foaming Hand Soap With Essential Oils Step 3

Do you make your own foaming soap? I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe and what some of your favorite scents are!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only. 

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DIY Beard Oil with Essential Oils

Okay, I figured it’s time to put my first post out there with a recipe I’ve tried recently. This was nowhere near the first thing I tried when I got my Starter Kit, but it’s an easy recipe to get started with and guaranteed to get the man in your life on board with an oily lifestyle đŸ™‚ My husband actually came to me asking for something like this after he read a few things online. He likes (read: is obsessed with) growing a beard and basically just hates shaving so he will let it grow for weeks until it starts to look to “scraggly” and then start fresh. I’ve suggested beard oil a few times to make his beard softer and more tamable, but sometimes it takes him awhile to hear me đŸ˜‰

Oily Livin DIY Beard Oil With Essential Oils

So my husband asked for a beard oil to make his growing beard softer, less itchy, and moisturized. This recipe did the trick, not to mention it smells amazing! I ended up basing my recipe off of this one we found online with some good information about carrier oils and choosing an essential oil. My hubs requested jojoba oil as a carrier based on what he read. Other carrier oils that would be great are grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or fractionated coconut oil. For essential oils, Hubs chose Cedarwood and Peppermint because he liked their smell. I suggested Tea Tree for acne or Lavender for skincare, but his choices are good too đŸ™‚ Other oils I think would smell great are Idaho Balsam Fir, Orange, Rosemary, or Bergamot. So here’s the run down of the recipe:

DIY Beard Oil Ingredients:

  • 1oz dropper bottle*
  • 1oz carrier oil (jojoba oil)
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil

*Be sure to use a glass bottle if using any citrus oils!

Directions For Making Your Own Beard Oil:

Like I said, this recipe is super simple! Just add desired amount of carrier oil to your dropper bottle (mine holds about 1 ounce), then add essential oils. I wouldn’t add more than 20 drops of essential oil for 1oz of carrier oil. I used 10 drops of Cedarwood and 3 drops of Peppermint to create a manly-woodsy scent. I didn’t need more than a few drops of peppermint because it is a very strong scent and didn’t want it to be overwhelming to him! Then shake and apply a few drops to beard 1-2 times a day.

My hubs gives the oil an “A+” and says it’s like conditioner for his beard. It makes it less “crazy” and “smells like candy canes” đŸ™‚ I can’t wait to experiment with different smells and carrier oils for this. Feel free to leave me comments if you try this recipe and share what you think works for you!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional, and cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe. Consult your physician before using essential oils to treat an illness for yourself or others. The safety precautions suggested in these posts are guidelines only. 

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My Story

Here we go. I started a blog. This project came about 1. as a way to share my oily love with not only friends and family but other “crunchy” people out there in cyberspace đŸ˜‰ and 2. an outlet to share my ideas of using essential oils in recipes, beauty products, cleaning, health benefits, and on our fur babies (dogs). I want to start this experiment by sharing a little bit about why I started using essential oils in my life and how I got to this point in my oily journey. To be honest, I am a relatively healthy person so I don’t have a story about how essentials helped cure/improve xyz health impairment when nothing else worked. I do have a story about how many tiny, yet also huge, ways they have changed my life.

I first heard about oils the way I suspect my generation hears of a lot of things–on my Facebook feed. I have several friends/sorority sisters that use oils and are not shy about sharing the amazing things oils have done for them. It was early in the summer of 2015 and I had just graduated from my Master’s program, gotten married, and started my first “big girl job” as an intensive in-home counselor. Let me tell you, any of my friends’ posts referencing “Stress Away” Essential Oil or oils for uplifting mood and managing stress and anxiety caught my eye. My Master’s program heavily emphasized “self-care” (and for good reason–we can’t be good helpers if we’re not taking care of ourselves) and I knew I needed to step my self-care game up with all of these major life changes and getting my first real caseload. My program was really awesome about emphasizing holistic types of healing in addition to traditional “talk” therapy, including yoga, art, and meditation. I am a firm believer in all of these things, and I had seen an essential oil diffuser used by one of my classmates for a project. So I thought, if it works for these ladies then maybe there’s something to them.

Young Living Assortment of Essential Oils

I contacted an acquaintance from college, who shared a TON of information with me and was extremely helpful. Before you knew it I had my Premium Starter Kit. Honestly, it felt like a lot of money for something I wasn’t sure about. And I won’t lie and say I dove right in and noticed a major impact from using oils right away. Like I said, I’m a generally healthy person and I struggled at first to figure out what all these oils could really do for me. I used lavender, frankincense and Stress Away to help when I was feeling overwhelmed with my new job and my clients. I used lemon in my water, tried PanAway for back pain, and made a homemade Thieves cleaner. I just didn’t have that “ah-hah” moment I was waiting for when oils came to the rescue when I REALLY needed them. What happened instead was I started learning more about the chemicals and ingredients in the products I was using before, and slowly started replacing them with homemade versions using my oils. I bought wool dryer balls for my laundry, I made my own face wash, I experimented with sugar scrubs and face masks and a thousand other things. And before I knew it, I was using oils in practically every part of my day.

And then the fall came. This was a big transition for my work life as the kiddos I work with went back to school and I went back to working late late nights. I also got a ton of new kids (clients) at the same time and started feeling overwhelmed and losing sleep worrying about their cases and how to help them. This is where self-care is supposed to come in đŸ™‚ I got back into doing yoga each morning and started applying my previous arsenal of mood-boosting oils–Joy, Frankincense, Lavender, Stress Away, Peace and Calming, and a few others. These were good, but still not enough to stop this new anxiety I wasn’t used to. Finally I tried Vetiver–that was my “ah-hah” moment. I started applying it in a blend with a few of my other favorites, every day before I left for work and in between clients. I can’t even explain the difference it made. It was like putting on a suit of armor and knowing no matter how my sessions went with these kids and their families, I’d figure it out. Every oil works different for different people, and this one worked big for me.

This was around the time I decided to start sharing the oils and my success with them more publicly. I learned about doing the “business” side of oils and was SO relieved by the no-pressure stance that these ladies take on sharing their stories. So I started writing posts and sharing photos of my favorite diffuser combos, beauty products and oil uses. Soon I had family and friends asking me about them and wanting to know more. I loved sharing my ideas about how oils could help them with different things in their lives. I love teaching people that oils aren’t scary voodoo-there’s real science involved and they really do work! I’m hoping this blog will be another forum for me to share the amazing things oils have done for me–from helping my find “greener” and safer cleaning products to use in our home, to pampering myself with homemade beauty products for MUCH cheaper than what I find in stores, to so much more. I’m hoping my readers will enjoy joining me in this oily life and learning with me about how to use natural products.

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