It is not only important to be cautious about what we put in our bodies, but also what we put on our bodies. Our biggest organ is our skin. We absorb things through our skin, good and bad. For this reason, I prefer making any soaps and personal care products for my kids. I only buy things pre-made if I know the ingredients in them are studied and found to be safe.
I like to use a database from the Environmental Working Group called Skin Deep. This website researches beauty product ingredients and numerically rates them from 1 (totally safe) to 10 (avoid at all costs). I try to make sure all ingredients are rated between 1-2. These are ingredients that have a low hazard score and are considered safe. Head over to their site and type in some of your products. You may be very surprised what you find!
For this recipe you will need:
- 2 Tbsp liquid castile soap
- 1 tsp Jojoba oil
- Immune Strength blend OR lavender essential oil (or any oil of your choice)
- Foaming soap dispenser
Learn from my mistake, do NOT put the castile soap in first! If you do, you will have a bubbly mess when you pour in the water. Not the end of the world, but still, its much simpler to add the water first.
I don’t always measure for this recipe. I just fill it about 3/4 the way up with water, then add about 2 Tbsp of castile soap, 1 tsp jojoba oil and about 5 to 10 drops of essential oils.
For the essential oils, I like to use a blend called Immune Strength from Rocky Mountain Oils in the kitchen and our master bathroom. For our main bathroom, I typically choose lavender oil because its safe for all ages. Both the Lavender and Immune Strength blend have antimicrobial properties to them too. So that’s a plus!
Now lets talk foaming soap dispensers.
Since glass is the best vessel to use when using essential oils, especially citrus oils, that’s what I recommend. In my kitchen and master bathroom, I use a pint size small mouth mason jar with a foaming dispenser purchased from Amazon designed to fit small mouth jars. Works great for us, but it is a little hard for my little guys to hold the glass jar still and get some soap out on a wet and slippery counter without the jar somehow ending up on the floor. For this reason, I use a plastic foaming dispenser in the main bathroom for the boys and any of their little cousins that may be visiting.
A simple soap for a simple task.
- 6 to 14 Ounces Water
- 1-2 Tbsp Castile Soap
- 1/2 to 1 Tsp Jojoba oil
- 5-10 drops Essential oil of choice
- Pint sized mason jar with foaming dispensing lid OR smaller plastic foaming dispenser.
Fill jar about 3/4 full of water. This amount will differ depending on what size bottle you use.
Add castile soap, jojoba oil and essential oils using less of each ingredient for the smaller dispenser and more of each ingredient if using the larger dispenser.
Remember to add water first! Adding soap first will result in a bubbly mess when the water is added.