DIY Peppermint Hand Soap

Sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, right?

One thing I consider as “stepping out of my comfort zone” is DIYing. That stuff scares the poop out of me. I know it’s silly but if you haven’t read my confessions of a not so good DIY’er then you definitely should so you can get a little background info on why I’m not good at DIYing (I have good reasons!).

The truth is, I’d much rather spend my time in the kitchen creating something delicious then making homemade laundry detergent and wool dryer balls. I’ve learned you can’t do it all so it’s okay to choose convenience in sake of your sanity at times.

Can I get an AMEN!?

The other truth is, I’m much better at making delicious food then products from scratch. That IS my comfort zone and if you’re the same way, today I am encouraging you to step OUT of your comfort zone.

I stepped out of my comfort zone last week when I decided I’d brave making homemade hand soap. The truth is, we still use not-so-good hand soap in the kitchen and one of our bathrooms but the funny part is that I actually have a bottle of mild castile soap and peppermint castile soap just waiting to be used.

That’s my problem right there.

I buy the ingredients and I NEVER get around to doing it. Sometimes this is a good thing because when I do get a spontaneous burst of DIY urge, I most likely have the ingredients on hand. Other times, it seems like I wasted money.

BUT, in this case, it’s a good thing.

Since we are in the holiday season, I came up with an idea of making a peppermint hand soap that could also be given as a gift to utilize those raw ingredients I have hanging around the house. Plus, who doesn’t love the refreshing smell of peppermint during the holidays?

I based my recipe off of Scratch Mommy’s hand soap because she’s a professional and I know anything she shares or creates will work. #Comfort

The best part about all of this is that it’s so incredibly simple that any DIY-illiterate person could make it. You literally just measure, pour, shake, and pump.

That’s it.

Talk about the best everyday DIY and handmade gift EVER.

If you’re really feeling spontaneous, you can experiment with different essential oil scents or you could keep it really simple like using peppermint castile soap and 2-3 drops of Plant Therapy’s Peppermint essential oil.

Since I’m in love with Bergamot right now, I thought I’d add it to mild castile soap along with Peppermint essential oil for an energizing and refreshing scent (and so this recipe isn’t like all the other peppermint hand soap recipes floating around the crunchy web-sphere).

Plant Therapy Essential Oils

DIY Peppermint Hand Soap
Tools Needed
  • Mason jar (I used this 12 oz jar)
  • Mason jar hand pump top (like this or look at your local Michael's store and see if they have one)
  • ¼ part mild castile soap (I love this brand)
  • 1 Tbl fractionated coconut oil or almond oil (This is my fav fractionated coconut oil and fav almond oil)
  • ½ Tbl vegetable glycerin (like this, vegetable glycerin helps the essential oils 'stick')
  • 9 drops Peppermint essential oil (My fav)
  • 15 drops Bergamot essential oil (Like this)
  • ¾ part distilled or purified water
  1. In your desired container, add in the castile soap, desired carrier oil, and glycerin
  2. Next, add in your essential oils
  3. Place the lid and shake; smell your concoction to see if you need to add more of either essential oil
  4. Fill the rest of the container with water; shake well
  5. Add the hand pump top
  6. If you want to give it as a gift, get some red and white festive twine and wrap it around the top.
  7. Remember to shake often and let the person you are giving the soap to as a gift, to shake it often as well.

This post is sponsored by Plant Therapy. However, the opinions and photos are of my own. Authenticity is important so I would never promote any brand or product that I wholeheartedly don’t believe in or would use myself.


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'DIY Peppermint Hand Soap' has 25 comments

  1. December 8, 2014 @ 1:59 pm Lindsey

    Do the oils and water separate? Seems like you’d have to shake before every use.


    • December 8, 2014 @ 4:24 pm Loriel

      Yeah, you’d want to shake it regularly.


  2. December 10, 2014 @ 5:58 pm Megan Stevens

    This is a great DIY recipe that our family could really use. There are so many (disappointing) ingredients in store-bought versions!! Thanks for the how-to; I’m new to DIY home products!


  3. December 14, 2014 @ 5:45 pm Kylie @ Everblossom

    Love the jar too! Great recipe.


  4. December 16, 2014 @ 2:35 pm Samantha

    This is such a great idea. I love peppermint scented things because it isn’t too overwhelming like many other scents and I absolutely love how pretty and cute these look. Great gift idea!


  5. December 16, 2014 @ 2:57 pm Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations

    I’m an absolute DIY-illiterate (love that term!) and I look forward to giving this a go – looks simple enough and have wanted to get into making my own health and beauty products for ages! Thank you.


  6. December 16, 2014 @ 3:01 pm Tina @ Oh Snap! Let's Eat!

    This sounds like a super fun and good smelling project! Something I want to try 🙂


  7. December 16, 2014 @ 4:03 pm Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I love the addition of the Bergamot EO. Such a lovely scent combo.


  8. December 16, 2014 @ 4:50 pm linda spiker

    What a beautiful and easy to make gift. I bet it smells amazing too.


  9. December 16, 2014 @ 7:16 pm Megan Stevens

    I pinned this last week so I could come back to it. We’re going to make it!! My first DIY soap, looking forward to it! 🙂


  10. December 16, 2014 @ 7:51 pm Sarah McLain

    I am totally with you on the non-DIYing abilities, haha! This looks like a super simple recipe though… even for the DIY-challenged, love the bergamot too!


  11. December 16, 2014 @ 8:09 pm Renee Kohley

    Everytime I come across this in my feed I can just smell the peppermint! This is a really great idea – I think I might make it a project for my kindergartener to make while she is on her Christmas break!


  12. December 16, 2014 @ 10:39 pm Carol

    LOVE it!
    I so enjoy replacing the ‘chemical’ big box store soaps and other personal care products with simple effective DIY ideas!
    Thanks for sharing!!


  13. December 17, 2014 @ 1:37 am Libby

    This is brilliant! I’ve always been intrigued by this idea and now I will try it! Thanks! -Libby


  14. December 17, 2014 @ 1:49 pm Daja @The Provision Room

    This is FANTASTIC!!!! Really! I need to get on this right away!!! LOVE IT!


  15. December 29, 2014 @ 9:24 am Naturally Loriel / 12 Crunchy Handmade Gift Ideas - Naturally Loriel

    […] Quite possibly the easiest and fault-free DIY ever, the person who will be receiving this gift (crunchy or not) will appreciate how silky their hands are left and how festive the smells of Peppermint and Bergamot essential oil are. Click here for the tutorial. […]


  16. October 13, 2015 @ 6:08 am Naturally Loriel / How to Make Homemade Non-toxic Germ-Fighting Foam Hand Soap (2 Different Ways) - Naturally Loriel

    […] it’s not that hard either). For hand soap, you can either make a liquid-type version like my peppermint hand soap using a pump dispenser and castile soap or you can actually make a foam […]


  17. December 18, 2015 @ 3:58 pm Jenine

    Great recipe, just one question. I have never measured by parts before? Would it be 1/4 cup of oil to 3/4 cups of water? and then adjust the rest of the ingredients as you add more oil and water? I am making these as gifts so need to make in large quantities 🙂


    • December 18, 2015 @ 4:44 pm Loriel

      It’s just 1/4 of whatever container you’re putting them in and then fill the rest with water. So if you have a mason jar, fill that mason jar up a quarter of the way with Castile soap and then top it off with water. I hope that makes sense!


      • December 18, 2015 @ 5:54 pm Jenine

        Yup totally makes sense. Do I have to adjust the amounts of Coconut oil and Vegetable Glycerin? That is where I am kinda confused.

        Say I decide to do 1 litre.

        I would fill the container a quarter of the way with oil then add the rest water.
        But wouldn’t I need to keep a certain ratio for the coconut oil and vegetable glycerin as well? Or do they stay the same? Sorry just wanna make sure I totally understand before I do it 🙂


        • December 18, 2015 @ 6:30 pm Loriel

          Since there is 33oz in one liter (the recipe calls for 12oz container), I would multiply the amounts of glycerin and coconut oil by either 2.5 or 3. I think either way you go is fine. 🙂


          • December 18, 2015 @ 7:29 pm Jenine

            Great! Thanks so much. Can’t wait to try it 🙂

      • October 24, 2018 @ 2:15 am Sandra J

        I have the same question.. 1/4 cup castile soap, 3/4 cup distilled water, 1Tbs FCO, 1/2 Tbs glycerin..?
        This is what i did in a mason jar shook it then put it in a foaming bottle that i had saved and rinsed out from bath n bodyworks. It made about 81/2 ozs. Seems like its a perfect mix! Love it❤️
        Also used 15 droos Bergamot, 9 peppermint:)


        • October 24, 2018 @ 2:18 am Sandra J Scott

          Correction I meant 15 drops Bergamot, 9 drops peppermint 🙂


          • October 24, 2018 @ 2:20 am Sandra

            Love it!❤️

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