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Learn to Make: Foaming Hand Wash from Base
By Wholesale Supplies Plus Thursday, June 18, 2015
Foaming hand soap is fun to use. Foamer bottle pumps create dense creamy foam by adding air to the thin hand wash. Customers love foaming soap! Foaming Hand Wash Base paired with foamer bottles make it easy for you to provide to customers.

Foaming Hand Wash Base

Crafter's Choice™ Creamy Hand & Body Wash for Foamer Bottles - This base produces thick foam with LOTS of bubbles! The formula contains extra skin softening properties from the aloe, vitamin E and citric acid additives. The dimethicone provides an extra silky feel that your customers want after the wash is completed.

Additives for Foaming Hand Wash

Liquid Color - Liquid colors, such as liquid dye mix easily with foaming hand wash base. Start with 1 mL per 16 oz. of foaming hand wash base and go up from there.

*Usually when you color this foaming hand wash base, the foam will not come out colored. If it does, you’ve probably added too much color.

Fragrance Oils - Fragrance oils are synthetic man-made aromatic ingredients that are used to scent soap and other products. Some fragrance oils also contain natural essential oils. The typical usage rate is about 2% of the liquid soap base.

Essential Oils  - Essential oils are considered a natural way to fragrance soap and are concentrated hydrophobic liquids containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are extracted from plant materials (flowers, bark, seeds, peel, roots, leaves, etc.) by expression, steam distillation or solvent extraction. The typical usage rate is about 2% of the liquid soap base.

Sometimes fragrance oils and essentials oils do not mix easily into foaming hand wash soap. To help, you can use a fragrance oil modifier. There are two options:
  • Crafter's Choice™ FO & EO Modifier - Fragrance Oil & Essential Oil Modifier is a proprietary emulsifying agent that allows oil to dissolve with water. When used correctly, your end product will remain 100% clear. Thoroughly mix 4 parts FO Modifier to 1 part oil based FO. You have now created a new fragrance oil that will easily incorporate into water based products. Add 1% modified fragrance to water based products.
  • Crafter's Choice™ Polysorbate 20 - This allows fragrance and essential oils to bind with water-based products. Depending on your formula, your end product may be cloudy. Thoroughly mix 1 part polysorbate 20 with 1 part fragrance oil (equal parts) and add to the liquid soap base.

What NOT to add to bases:

Water - It is not recommended to add additional water to bases as contamination can occur resulting in mold, bacteria or yeast growth. 

Perishable Liquids - It is not recommended to add liquid goat’s milk, fresh milk, beer, wine, fruit juice, vegetable juice or other perishable liquids as they will spoil the base.

Too Much Additives - Adding over 5% of additives can render the preservative inactive resulting in mold, bacteria or yeast growth.

How to Formulate a Foaming Hand Wash Recipe

Formulate your own foaming hand wash by using the percentages below as a guide.

For the base use:
100% Creamy Hand & Body Wash for Foamer Bottles Base 

Once you have prepared your base, incorporate additives at the percentages listed.
Fragrance - 2%
Liquid Dye - 1 mL per 16 oz. base

Basic Foaming Hand Wash Recipe
Yield (4) 8 oz. bottles
Creamy Hand & Body Wash for Foamer Bottles Base - 32 oz. 
Fragrance - 0.6 oz. 
Liquid Dye - 1 mL

Some Considerations When Making

Equipment Required
  • A heat-safe container
  • Scale to weigh ingredients
  • Spatula or spoon
  • Funnel for bottling
  • Hair net and gloves
Packaging for Foaming Hand Wash
  • Foamer Bottles and Foamer Tops - Foamer bottles are a popular way to package foaming liquid hand soap. Foamers produce just that, a foam of soap. Be sure to fill these only as high as the shoulder. Overfilling can cause hand wash to flood the chamber preventing the pump to properly inject air into the soap. 

An Example of the Process

Heat the Base
Liquid soap bases accept additives such as fragrances and colors better if heated. It helps to emulsify them into the mix. Heat your base to 120°F. Heating to higher temperatures or heating for long periods of time will inactivate the preservative.

To heat your base you can use two methods:
  1. Microwave - Weigh your base into Pyrex or other heat-safe container. Heat your base using 30-minute increments until the temperature reaches 120°F. Be sure to stir often while heating to get rid of any hot spots. Overheating in the microwave can easily occur, so monitor closely.  
  2. Double Boiler - The better method is to use a double boiler setup. Weigh your base into a double boiler on low heat. Heat until the temperature reaches 120°F. Be sure to stir often and check the temperature as you heat. 
You can use an infrared thermometer to monitor temperaturess closely when heating. When taking the temperature, be sure to mix the base prior to checking the temperature as the infrared gun only takes surface temperatures.

Incorporate Additives
Incorporate your additives, such as fragrance and color, to the heated soap and mix well to blend.

Once your additives are fully incorporated, you can now bottle your foaming hand wash. Pour into bottles; filling just to the shoulder. Overfilling can cause hand wash to flood the chamber preventing the pump to properly inject air into the soap. Do not cap your containers until the foaming hand wash has completely cooled as this may create condensation in the bottle.

Once completely cooled down, cap your containers.

Label your product and include the following information:
  • Product name
  • Net weight size
  • Directions for use
  • Ingredients in descending order of predominance  
  • Company name
  • Contact information

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