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Make Your Own Cedar and Spice Foam Soap

by Andrea Butje on November 20, 2017

Make Your Own Cedar and Spice Foam Hand Soap

How to Make Your Own Foam Soap with a Holiday Twist!

Some people make special casseroles at this time of year, or pies, ciders and drinks that they save for this season. I like to make special Aromatherapy recipes!

There are a lot of essential oils that can create a warm, cozy holiday atmosphere, but some seem to be more associated with the season than others—such as Douglas Fir (Psuedostuga menzies), Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana), Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis), Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis), Peppermint (Mentha × piperita), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), and Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata).

You can use them to create a festive atmosphere with seasonal diffuser blends, natural cleaning blends, and foam soaps . . . like this one!

How to Make Cedar and Spice Foam SoapCedar and Spice Foam Soap

  • 40 ml castile soap
  • 7 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 4 drops Douglas Fir essential oil (Psuedostuga menzies)
  • 4 drops Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum)

You can make this blend in a 50 ml foam soap bottle. I’m only using 40 ml of castile soap in this blend, though. That’s because the foam pump top (which creates the luxurious foaming effect) takes up some space in the bottle.

Want to know what to expect when you make your own foam soap? 
This video recipe will show you. (It's a foam soap recipe I make with aloe. Give it a try!)

Cedarwood has such a gorgeous, soft, earthy aroma that is perfect when paired with warm spicy Cardamom. Adding just four drops of Douglas Fir essential oil gives the entire blend a hint of that “Christmas tree” scent that is a favorite for so many people! The aroma of this foam soap might give you the feeling of sipping warm cider with friends on a chilly evening near the woods.

If you love this recipe, you can make a larger amount to keep by your bathroom or kitchen sink. Aromatics International has a 250 ml bottle (that’s about 8.5 oz) that is just right. For that bottle, I would use about 240 ml castile soap, and about 90 drops of essential oil total. It would look like this:

  • 240 ml castile soap
  • 42 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 24 drops Douglas Fir essential oil (Psuedostuga menzies)
  • 24 drops Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum)

I have to tell you . . . while I’ve given you “accurate” measurements for these recipes, I don’t usually measure my ingredients when I make foam soap. Estimating works well, once you know how full your bottle should be. You don’t have to be precise when you make foam soap, and you can get very creative—adding a touch of aloe vera gel, or water, or hydrosol.

So the first time you make foam soap, I suggest following a recipe (just so you get the hang of it). The next time, you can “adapt” the recipe to see what your hands like.
I also suggest putting a festive label on the bottle!

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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: Miscellaneous, cedarwood essential oil, cardamom essential oil, douglas fir essential oil, foam soap essential oils, essential oils holidays, essential oil gifts, holiday gifts with essential oils

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