DIY Foam Soap

Peach bellini, dark cherry merlot, and warm vanilla sugar were some of my favorite hand soap scents growing up. A pump of foaming soap each time I washed my hands would leave my hands smelling amazing for hours! Recently, I have realized that these soaps are extremely toxic and have a lot of chemicals in them that I am no longer interested in putting on my body regardless of how great they smell.

Exogenous toxins are becoming a huge issue these days as they are some of the main contributors to many health conditions. Check out my post on The Toxic Twelve to learn more about the chemicals you should try and avoid putting on your body.



  • Fragrance (parfum) — what makes your soap smell lovely
    • Endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, allergies, asthma, cancer, neurotoxicity
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate — what causes the soap to be foamy
    • Irritation to the eyes, lungs, and skin
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine — makes the foam foamier
    • Allergies, dermatitis
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone + Methylisothiazolinone — prevents the growth of bacteria in the soap
    • Irritation to skin and lungs, neurotoxicity
  • Benzyl alcohol — makes the soap smooth + gentle and a preservative
    • Irritation of the skin, neurotoxicity, not safe for infants


Brands to Avoid:

  • Bath + Body Works
  • Dial
  • Lysol
  • Softsoap
  • Method
  • Jergens
  • Palmolive

Brand to Enjoy:

  • Dr. Bronner
  • Carina Organics
  • Everyone soap
  • Saje
  • Attitude sensitive skin
  • Naturopathica
  • Hugo Naturals
  • Avalon Organics
  • Puracy

Environmental Working Group

A nice resource when checking to see if your soap is okay for use is the Environmental Working Group’s Deep Skin Cosmetic Database. This allows you to type in the brand name of the product and it will rank it on a scale of 1-10. The scale is:

  • EWG Verified
  • 1-2 (low hazard)
  • 3-6 (moderate hazard)
  • 7-10 (high hazard)

You want to avoid product in the moderate and high categories and limit your use of products in the low category. Try your very best to only use products that are EWG certified to ensure that everything you are putting on your body (also in your body) is clean as can be!

Try making your own foaming hand soap! It only requires 3 ingredients!!!! SO SIMPLE! This way you will know exactly what you are putting on your body and know it’s clean and healthy!

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

[yields: 250mL]


  • 1/2 C filtered water
  • 1/4 C Dr. Bronner Castile soap
  • 30 drops essential oil (I used lemon + orange)


  • Add water to container first
  • Add the soap + essential oils to the container
  • Gently mix (but do not shake)
  • ENJOY!






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