Make your own scented hand soap. This time of year you will see all the wonderful fragranced hand soaps for the holidays. I do indulge in those from time to time, but mostly my family just takes old foaming hand soap bottles and refills them.

We have been doing this for years. You can find some sort of fancy recipes on Pinterest, but really, foaming hand soap is literally nothing more than watered-down hand soap. You can water down regular liquid hand soap, or castile soap, either one will work. I currently use castile soap but I have also gone through an entire refill bottle of regular liquid hand soap and it was great. In your empty soap dispenser, fill it about 1/4 full OR LESS, with your liquid soap. Fill the rest of the way with water, but of course don’t blast your soap dispenser with water because it will foam up. I fill it gently with warm water from the tap. 

Some ‘recipes’ I’ve found call for adding a few drops of almond oil or glycerine. For a long time I did not do this. Later I got a hold of some glycerine for another project and so now I add a squirt to my soap dispensers. I’ve noticed no difference. At this point I’m just trying to use up the glycerine. 

Adding your own fragrance is the fun part. But again, my experience is different from the ‘recipes’ I found online. They tend to call for 10 or 20 drops of essential oil. I suppose it depends on your fragrance oil and how strong your want your soap to smell, but I find 10 drops or more to be way too much. My favorite oil to put in my hand soap is nutmeg oil (not an affiliate link). It smells Christmas-y and people notice it and smile when they wash their hands at my house. But I only do 3 drops. In the past I have also done jasmine fragrance oil (affiliate link), and same, just a few drops was sufficient. You can smell the soap but you’re not perfuming your skin for the rest of the day. 

I have both essential oils and fragrance oils on hand because I like aromatherapy and I like making my own bath products for fun. But if you do not have them on hand you don’t need to get them just for this purpose. Instead, you might just look for a refill of your favorite limited edition scent so you can make foaming hand soap from it. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products are very popular and they currently have several seasonal scents (not an affiliate link) in their limited edition collection. I’m getting the Iowa Pine scent because a reviewer said it smells like Christmas in a bottle, and I’m a sucker for that.

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