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New Tool for Liquid Soapmaking: Foamer Pumps

by Andrea Butje on December 12, 2010

Foamer pumps for liquid soapThis summer I bought some bottles and foamer pumps for liquid soap  from SKS Bottles.

I added organic Castile soap, organic aloe vera gel, organic jojoba and some essential oils to the container, and to my complete delight, I had foam soap!

I know these containers are not new, but this is the first time I have used them. SKS says, "The white plastic foamer pumps create foam without the use of gas propellants and allow for precise mixing of liquid and air, producing a dose of high quality foam with each stroke." Just air? Now that is remarkable!

I am now making soap, shower gel, and shaving cream. The recipes below can be adjusted based on personal preference. All the recipes use the same three ingredients in slightly different proportions. When I first made these products, I measured the ingredients. Now I just estimate!

Each of these can be made in a 50 ml foam soap bottle. Only fill your bottle 3/4 of the way, as the foam top needs room to expand.

SKS only sells in bulk. If you want to buy them individually, Aromatics International has them.

Foam Soap

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Castile soap
  • .25 oz (7.5 ml) aloe vera gel
  • .25 oz (7.5 ml) jojoba
  • 20 drops of essential oil (I like Peppermint -- Mentha piperita)

Foam Shower Gel

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Castile soap
  • .25 oz (7.5 ml) aloe vera gel
  • .50 oz (15 ml) jojoba (or a bit less, so you don't fill the bottle too high)
  • 20 drops of essential oil (I like Rosemary -- Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)

Foam Shaving Cream

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Castile soap
  • .50 oz (15 ml) aloe vera gel (or a bit less, so you don't fill the bottle too high)
  • .25 oz (7.5 ml) jojoba
  • 20 drops of essential oil (I like Black Spruce -- Picea mariana)

Now you have a few great recipes to work with, but I want to note that the number of drops of essential oil you add to your foam soap is really personal preference. I have added as little as 2 to 3 drops per oz (30 ml) and as much as 15 drops per oz. Some people prefer to use water in their soap too, even making blends that are 2/3 water and 1/3 castile soap! If you'd like to use water, the amount you use is all up to you.

Since there's no preservative in this soap, I recommend making it fresh every few weeks.

Owner/Instructor at Aromahead Institute
Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

Topics: aromahead, aromatherapy, Recipes and Blends, blending, Essential Oils, foamer pump, liquid soap, shampoo, shower gel

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