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Make Your Own Travel Foam Soap

make travel foam soapMake travel foam soap with essential oils!

When I travel, I like to make my own soap and take it with me. I prefer using my own over some of the soaps provided by hotels. I know exactly what’s in a bottle of travel foam soap I’ve made, so I already know my skin will love it. 

It’s also a nice piece of home I can take with me, which helps me to feel grounded when I’m in a new place. It’s so exciting to experience new places . . . but little pieces of home are comforting to have around, too.

Here’s a recipe for travel foam soap that I love, made in a 50 ml PET plastic foam pump bottle. PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. It’s great for traveling with, when it might get dropped or tossed about in bags.

Lavender Lime & Mint Soap

  • 45 ml castile soap
  • 10 drops distilled Lime essential oil (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)

I’m not using a full 50 ml of castile soap, because I want to leave space at the top of the bottle for the soap pump. All you have to do is pour your soap in the bottle, add your essential oils, screw on the lid, and shake gently. You’re done!

You can watch me make this recipe in a YouTube video by clicking here. The essential oils and amounts I’m using are a little different here than in the video, because I wanted to give you a few ideas for different blends you can make. But the 2 drops of Peppermint are the same in each blend, because we really don’t need much Peppermint essential oil to have a strong effect.

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.

Try pairing this recipe with a homemade travel shower gel to make your own “Aromatherapy travel bath kit!” Here’s a shower gel recipe from the blog that you can use. Both blends are small enough to make airport security happy.

Even if you’re not going out of town, this is a fun foam soap to make. You can carry it in your bag and use it at restaurants or at the office. Just get ready for people to ask you where you got your soap, and give them sample squirts of it!

Founder at Aromahead Institute
Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: foam soap, aromatherapy for travel, Recipes and Blends, foamer pump, travel

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