The One DIY You Need To Try If You’re Tired Of Dry Hands

Other hand soaps really dry out my skin, but this one leaves my hands feeling soft and clean!

Jill Nystul • May 6, 2022

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023


I’ve always been one of those people who keeps both dish soap and hand soap next to the kitchen sink. (And not just any hand soap, but foaming hand soap specifically.) In the past I’ve tried to simplify things by just washing my hands with the dish soap, but the foaming hand soap always makes its way back to the sink eventually.

The main issue I have washing my hands with dish soap is that it leaves my skin feeling dry and scaly, and I hate that feeling! So since I can’t seem to break the foaming hand soap habit, I figured the least I could do was figure out how to make my own inexpensive version at home!

So I did just that, and I’ll be sharing the recipe for my homemade foaming hand soap with you in today’s blog post! This particular formula contains moisturizing coconut oil and antibacterial essential oils, and it always leaves my hands feeling soft and clean. And I know you’ll love it as much as I do! :-)


Supplies & Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make my all-natural foaming hand soap:


You can use any essential oil, oils, or oil blends in your hand soap, but I like to use my Defend Essential Oil Blend for this purpose! Defend features several protective and antibacterial oils, including lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and others.

But you can use any oil or oil blend you like in your soap—I’ve also made it with Simple Clean, which is particularly effective at cutting grease (and smells great too!)


In addition to Defend blend and other essential oils, you can grab fractionated coconut oil in my shop too! 


As for castile soap, I always use the Dr. Bronner’s brand. You can typically find it in health food stores or get it on Amazon. And now that you know that we’ve covered the “what” of making your own foaming hand soap, let’s get to the “how” part! :-)


How To Make Foaming Hand Soap


2 Tbsp liquid castile soap
1–2 tsp fractionated coconut oil
10–15 drops essential oils (see above)



Remove the top from the soap bottle, then pour the castile soap, fractionated coconut oil, and essential oils into the bottle.


Fill the bottle the rest of the way full with water (or rose water), then screw the pump top back on the bottle. Shake gently to mix.


Do you keep hand soap in your kitchen, or just dish soap?