Foaming Hand Soap

I love bars of soap. With loads of them stashed conveniently near sinks or tubs you’d think I wouldn’t need any more soap. I think I’m up to about 40 bars in the bathroom that I keep on a slotted shelf. Each day I pick out a different bar of soap to use in my shower. I had to tone it down in the kitchen, probably only have about 10-15 bars of soap by the sink at any given time. Even though I have all these lovely soaps handy, sometimes I really like to use liquid soaps. After cutting up chicken or mushing up meatballs, I can reach over with an elbow or a wrist, pump some soap into my hands and wash up.


What’s even better is a super lathery soap. My niece and daughter tried getting a pretty picture but kinda hard to lather up right in the grass, LOL. Here is my recipe for foaming hand soap. Yep, it foams. I’m making a couple modifications to this recipe soon but this is a good starting point for your own experiments in liquid foaming soaps. 🙂

foaming hand soap

This is not really a tutorial. Before attempting, you should already have some experience making liquid soap and be familiar with safety precautions and be prepared for accidents, like soap boiling out of the pot. If you are familiar with liquid soaps (or at least hot process soaps), the pictures and explanations below will hopefully give you a better idea of the stages this particular recipe will move through if you make it. 🙂

  • 896 grams Coconut oil
  • 448 grams Glycerin
  • 1120 grams H2O
  • 42 grams Sodium Hydroxide
  • 176 grams Potassium Hydroxide
  • 1400 grams H2O for finishing
  • 24 grams FO or EO
  • 22 grams Liquid Germall Plus


This soap will not produce a paste but rather remain fluid from start to finish!

You can read some of the notes if you click on the pictures. This process takes all day.

20 min rest after lye(s) poured, 45-50 mins blending/resting, 3 hours cooking, 4 hours cooling before fragrance, and then cooled completely before preservative and bottling.

I’ve seen some really elegant foaming bottles on the internet. I’d love to get a couple!

One of the things that bothers me about those bottles though is that the instructions tell consumers to put 1 part soap and 5 parts water into the bottle and then use the resulting foaming soap. What I take issue with is that many consumers will just put tap water into the bottle along with their soap and dilute it to the point that the preservative is no longer effective. I’m much more comfortable using this foaming soap (or at least purchasing a pre-made one if I were inclined) rather than inadvertently contaminating myself or family with unsafely mixed soap. I’ll get off my soap box now 😉

I hope you decide to make your very own foaming hand soap! I know a lot of people do, I’d be interested in learning more about some different versions of this fun soap.