You wash your hands with soap to keep your hands clean, and it is also one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick. However, many conventional hand wash often contains potentially harmful ingredients, and you do not want to expose yourself to too many chemicals. There are some greener products and alternatives you can consider, but making your own hand wash is super easy!
For cleanser, you will need surfactants. And for this lightweight foaming hand wash, we will be using Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside is a cationic surfactant and is a highly effective solubilizing agent for essential oils. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is an amphoteric surfactant, and in this case, it is used as a secondary surfactant to improve foam stability.
Rose hydrosol is a wonderful woman’s tool for healing, has a highly complex aroma, and it balances the emotions and female hormones. An excellent ingredient for all skin types and as well as many skin disorders. It adds and retains moisture to dry/mature skin. It is anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, calming, tissue-regenerated (healing scares), stimulating, and uplifting. Rose Hydrosol is a wonderful addition to a warm shower or bath.
Hydrolyzed Silk has excellent moisture binding properties & silky smooth feel. Due to its high moisture-binding capacities, it provides a protective barrier. It helps to create a smoother appearance and reduce trans-epidermal water loss.
Geranium essential oil is an excellent essential oil for all skin types. Its stimulating action promotes the regeneration of skin cells and also soothes dry, sensitive skin. Geranium oil imparts a healthy glow to the skin, making the skin appear radiant and more youthful.
Foaming cleansing is very lightweight cleanser as it consists of no oil content. To make the liquid foam, the key is we need a foamer bottle. The finished product is filled into a foamer bottle. The foam pump then pushes a dose of liquid through a foam chamber where the liquid is mixed with air creating a mousse/foam-like consistency.
Lightweight Rose Geranium Foaming Hand Wash
Tools & Equipment Needed
0.1g / 0.01g digital weighing scales
pH strip / pH meter
- Blend the glycerin and hydrolyzed silk in a glass beaker.
- In another beaker, weigh out distilled water and hydrosol
- Blend surfactants in another beaker
- Add water-hydrosol mixture to glycerin & hydrolyzed silk
- Slowly blend the surfactants into the water-glycerin, but be very careful to avoid creating foam.
- Because the essential oil needed is a very low amount, you will need to use an accurate scale—preferably one accurate to 0.01g.
- Add the essential oil and stir well.
- Check that the pH using a pH strip or pH meter, check that the cream has a pH range that is compatible with your chosen preservative. This range is normally indicated by the supplier of the preservative. If your pH is not in a suitable range, you can lower it by adding an acid or raise it by adding sodium hydroxide or sodium bicarbonate.
- Finally, blend in the preservative
- Transfer it into a foamer bottle and label the finished product.
- Because this foam wash contains water, you MUST include a broad-spectrum preservative to ward off microbial growth. In the event, you notice any change in colour, scent, or texture, chuck it out and make a fresh batch.
- A formula should be written in a percentage of ingredients as well as grams. Our popular formulation calculator can be used to convert from percentages to weight easily. It also gives you warning alert if any of the category ingredients are out of recommended range to make sure the ratios between the ingredients are as desired.
- You can use a different hydrosol instead of the rose, or you can also use more distilled water instead of a hydrosol.
- Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside combines well with other glucosides to make a complete foaming shower gel so you can replace Cocamidopropyl Betaine with Coco-Glucoside or Decyl Glucoside. Alternatively, you can Coco-Glucoside in place of Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, however, in this case, you will need a solubilizer to ensure the essential oils solubilize. You can choose a natural solubilizer, Symbio®Solv Clear Plus. Polysorbate 20, which is also a good alternative as it very easy to work and forgiving ingredients. However, because it is PEG-derivative, so it is not considered “natural” cosmetics.
- You can always use a different essential oil blend as you wish but make sure you find the optimum EO: solubilizer ratio.