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Is this the most perfect foam soap recipe?

by Andrea Butje on May 11, 2020

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Sweet Orange and distilled Lime essential oils have some good news for you . . . they’ve created what just may be the perfect foam soap recipe.


At least, it’s a foam soap recipe they think you’re going to love!

Sweet Orange and distilled Lime are pros when it comes to reducing germs. They love to make their own natural cleaning products, and to keep their skin clean and nourished without harsh ingredients. (They wash their hands a lot, and don’t want ingredients that will dry out their skin too much.)

I make this in a 50 ml foam soap container (it’s the perfect size for traveling with). 

Perfect Foam Soap with Lime and Orange

  • 40 ml liquid castile soap
  • 15 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • 15 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

The foam pump top of the bottle, which is what creates the lovely foam effect we’re after, is a little bulky and takes up some space in the bottle, so even though the bottle holds 50 ml, I’m not filling it up all the way. 

Perfect Foam Soap with Lime and Orange

If you’re familiar with citrus essential oils, you might be saying . . .

“But wait, Andrea—aren’t citrus essential oils phototoxic? Why are we putting them in this perfect foam soap for our hands?”

I have to “hand it to you” (ha!) . . . you’re right, most citrus oils are phototoxic. “Phototoxic” means that if you apply them to your skin and then spend time in the sun, they cause skin reactions.

But not all citrus oils pose this risk. Sweet Orange is not phototoxic, so we’re good there. 

Lime is special, because the method of production is actually what tells us whether the oil is phototoxic or not. Cold-pressed Lime is phototoxic, but distilled Lime is not. (So cool, right?) We’re using distilled Lime in this foam soap recipe, so we’ll be okay.

I want to note that both cold-pressed and distilled Lime have the same Latin name—Citrus aurantifolia. So when you’re purchasing Lime essential oil be sure to check on the method of production.

Give this foam soap recipe a try, and have fun washing your hands!

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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, citrus essential oils, foamer pump, orange essential oil, how to use orange essential oil, orange essential oil uses, foam soap essential oils, lime essential oil, how to use lime essential oil

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