DIY Pumpkin Spice Liquid Hand Soap Recipe With Castile Soap and Essential Oils
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This DIY liquid hand soap is easy to make with castile soap and essential oils.  I made mine pumpkin spice to kick off the PSL season!

I am not one to start holiday seasons early—Yes, pumpkin spice is a season!—but I know we're ready for it because it's all over my Facebook and Instagram feeds.  My Pinterest has been crazy with PSL for a few weeks now.

I figure if Starbuck's can release their PSL this early, then I can start posting pumpkin spice this early, too.

This liquid hand soap recipe is so easy to make.  Seriously, once you get the ingredients together, it takes less than a minute.  

It's also easy to customize, and I'll teach you how to do that.  

I make my own soap because we go through a lot of hand soap.  I'd swear my kids were draining the bottle the way we go through it.

I tried the hair tie trick where you wrap a hair tie on the pump so it doesn't use as much per pump.  We still went through an insane amount of soap.  

I can only use a few liquid soaps from the store because of my eczema, so I make it.  This is also a lot cheaper.  The liquid castile soap costs me $10 for 32 ounces, which gives me 64 ounces of soap.  That's just 16 cents per ounce or $1.28 for an 8 ounce bottle.  

Even when you add the other ingredients, it's a big savings if you use a lot of hand soap.



When I was making my editorial calendar in July, I planned several pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes because I know how much you all loved them last year.  

I started creating my recipes to test and making a list of ingredients to get and realized that I needed more essential oils to make pumpkin spice.  

I was going to get the oils and create my own pumpkin spice blend, but I thought it would so much easier to just buy a premade blend and not have to mix oils.  So I emailed the owner of Crafty Bubbles and asked if he'd be interested in making a blend for my readers and me.

And thus the Essence of Pumpkin Pie essential oil blend was born.  

It's a blend of:
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger

Y'all, he nailed it.  If you open a jar of pumpkin spice and compare that to this blend, there is no difference.  

The day after I got it, Dakota put it in the diffuser.  Caleb's therapist walked in and said it smelled like pumpkin spice.  

It's part of their Holiday Favorites essential oil and natural fragrance oil blends.


Like all liquid hand soap recipes that don't need require lots of special ingredients, this recipe uses liquid castile soap as the base.  I mentioned above that I get mine for $10 for 32 ounces through Crafty Bubbles.  I don't think it's in their catalog, but you can call or email them to order it.


I add vitamin E because it's an antioxidant.  Your hands show your age, so it's important to treat them well so you don't age yourself.

It also moisturizes your skin, which my hands definitely need!


I chose sweet almond oil because it's my favorite all purpose carrier oil.  If I could only have one carrier oil to use forever, it would be this one.  

It's high in vitamins A and E.  It moisturizes your skin thanks to the fatty acids in the oil.  If you have dry skin, common in the fall and winter, sweet almond oil can help add moisture and soothe irritation.  

You can use any carrier oil in place of the sweet almond oil.  Other good choices would be avocado oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, or rose hip seed oil.  You can learn more about carrier oils in my book Carrier Oils.  




Use a funnel to add the distilled water to an empty soap bottle.  Add the vitamin E oil, sweet almond oil, and essential oils. 


Add the essential oils.  


Slowly add the castile soap.  Put the lid on and shake the bottle from side to side to mix.  

I add the castile soap last so it doesn't bubble up and overflow.  

How easy is that?  

This is a crazy easy and inexpensive way to celebrate pumpkin spice season in your home.  The scent of the oils will last quite a while on your hands, so you'll be festive all day long!

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.