When I was growing up, my grandmother had a wonderful garden, which included lots of different flowers neatly planted in rows. As kids we were not really allowed into that part of the garden, I suppose because our grandmother was worried that we would damage the beautiful flowers which she often used to make flower displays. She would disappear into the garden and when she came back she would have the most amazing flower combinations of tall flox flowers, fragrant roses and other colourful plants. I remember once I asked what was the name of the particularly fragrant flower and I was told it was lavender. The smell was so divine and you could smell it around the whole farmhouse.
I was remembering my grandmother recently and thought about recreating that lovely lavender scent in handmade soap. I found several recipes online, but none seemed like what I was really looking for, so I tried a few different combinations of recipes: some ideas from my other handmade soaps, using some of the supplies I had on hand, and came up with this lavender soap recipe. It works great for me, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
This lavender soap recipe is quick and simple to make, and smells divine! This is also a great homemade gift idea for your friends and family.
This DIY Handmade Lavender Soap Recipe is pretty quick and easy, great for beginner soap makers like me! It would make a great homemade gift idea for a birthday, shower gift, Christmas gift, etc. or also be fun to do as a craft night with some friends!
The amount of raw ingredients you need will vary depending on the size of your mould. These measurements are what I used with the mould I have already at home, but you don’t have to use all of the mould cavities if you want to make smaller batches.
What I love most about making my own soaps is that I can control the ingredients and the quantity I make in each batch. I try to make really small batches when I’m experimenting with ingredients so I’m not wasting them. Feel free to adjust, add, or subtract items that don’t work for you. Don’t be intimidated by the quantity of product, it’s just a few ingredients that are pretty versatile and can be used for many other projects. I use the essential oil for many things, including diffusing it, and the dried lavender buds are also great for homemade potpourri!
DIY Handmade Lavender Soap Ingredients
- Melt-and-pour soap base
- Lavender essential oil – there are many brands available, a close friend of mine sells this brand, so I tend to purchase from her to support her small business.
- Dried lavender buds – I can get these locally, but the price is better at Amazon, and this brand works well for me.
- Mortar and pestle
- Homemade Craft Soap Mould
- Food Scales
- Cutting board and knife
- Microwave safe jug, or glass bowl and saucepan
To make one bar of Homemade Lavender Soap, I used:
- 3.5oz/100g melt-and-pour soap base
- 1.5 tbsp ground lavender buds
- 10-30 drops of lavender essential oil, depending on how strong you want the scent to be
To determine how much melt-and-pour soap base you will need, the easiest method is to weigh out how much water fills your chosen mould to the desired height you would like your soap to be. My mold holds 100g of water per rectangle (3.8 oz). I have a food scale that I use to weigh it out. Once you’ve done it a time or two, you can probably eye it pretty close. Cut off your required amount of soap from the block and chop it into small pieces so it will melt evenly. Meanwhile, grind some lavender for mixing into the soap.
Grinding the buds releases the essential oils so it becomes more fragrant, and has additional exfoliating properties. Grind them using a mortar and pestle until they have broken down into pieces, it smells so good!
the soap making process
Melt the soap base. Some packages have instructions, some don’t. In case your package doesn’t have instructions, here is what I normally do. I melt mine putting it in a microwave-safe bowl, covering it, and running it in 45-second intervals.
Next, I add my lavender essential oil and ground lavender buds stirring well. When it’s all combined, just pour into your mould. Finally, you simply allow the soap to harden and set, then remove from the mould. You can package it, if you’re gifting it, or I store mine in a soap container in my shower to use.
ingredients and tools I used to make this lavender soap
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