Handmade Lavender Soap

Handmade lavender soap balls were a must try for my web site. I searched and found several recipes for making aromatherapy soap which could be a fun craft for you to do with your children, or for a little extra something in a gift basket.

I tried this soap and was hoping the scent of lavender would cling to my skin like normal over the counter soaps do. But it didn't, it was just a nice clean smell. When I was using it, I liked the relaxing smell of lavender in the air. If you're used to and expect a strong scent like you get with chemical fragrances, you may be disappointed. I like the idea of a safe soap, and the lavender has so many healing properties. Plus it won't compete with the scent of your shampoo, lotion, or perfume.

It was fun making the soap and they are pretty. If you want to make your own lavender handcrafted soap, here are a few recipes. You will need a cheese grater, a double boiler, whisk or spoon to stir with, and a plate to dry the soap on after. You will also need some pure unscented soap, essential oil of your choice, and warm water. I added oil to mine just for moisturizing.

The basic recipes say to
grate soap (ivory, pure, castile, or glycerine)
Add water, which was anything from one tablespoon to 3 ounces of soap, 1 part water to 2 parts soap, or ten percent water to soap. Take your pick. I used a 3 oz grated bar of soap and 3 tablespoons of water.
Melt grated soap and water in a double boiler stirring constantly.
Remove from heat
Add essential oil. All of the recipes said to use 5 drops of essential oil. (I used 15 and still didn't feel it scented the soap enough, maybe my smeller is broke.)
Form into balls, or press into greased molds or greased cookie cutters. It says to overfill the cookie cutters or molds because the soap will settle. I made balls and they did shrink some.
Let dry till cool and tap out of mold or cookie cutter.
Let dry or cure for 2 days to 2 weeks before using.

My handmade lavender soap recipe
3 ounce bar of pure soap
3 tablespoons warm water
After it melted or became soft I removed it from the heat.
Mix in 1 tablespoon coconut oil. (or oil of your choice)
15 drops of lavender essential oil.

I made mine into a ball. It kind of looked like a snowball. Put aside on a plate with wax paper on it to dry. After a week or two wrap in cloth, paper or tie with a ribbon if you want to give them for a gift. This can be made into bigger batches if you want. I just did one bar at a time so I could experiment with it.

Note One recipe suggested mixing lavender buds into the handmade lavender soap or rolling it in lavender buds as soon as you form it. I tried this and ended up picking off the lavender buds. I didn't like plant parts sticking to my body when I was washing.

One place mentioned that soaps will absorb scents by placing the soaps in a box with petals and leaves. I put a handmade lavender soap ball in some lavender and rose petals. I checked it a week later and it actually made a difference.

Color can be added to the soap by using a few drops of food color, or natural dyes using herbs, spices, and vegetables. Green can be made from chloraphyll, red from beet root powder. Of course I don't think I would make a green or red handmade lavender soap, but it could be cool for Christmas. You can make a brown from teas like chamomile and orange pekoe, and yellow from saffron or turmeric. I left mine white. I know a lady who makes her own yarn from her sheep, and she uses koolaid to dye the yarn. I don't know if that would work or not for making soap. I can imagine someone coming out of the bath with purple skin from grape koolaid. I canned some black currents that turned a beautiful red color. I don't know if I'm brave enough to use some in a soap or not. It could prove interesting. Could always try it on the cheeks first for a natural blush look.

Texture is reported to be added to soap by adding things to the melted soap. Some of the things listed are chopped up loofah sponges, ground nuts, cornmeal. One place adds oatmeal. She soaked her oatmeal first, drained the water out and then added it. I didn't try this, but I have bought fancy soaps with oatmeal, ground coffee or cocoa beans added to it.

Aromatherapy soap
This bar has a variation on essential oils. This one has a little more masculine scent.
One grated 3 ounce bar of pure soap.
3 tablespoons of warm water. Melt in double boiler
Stir until softened or melted, remove from heat.
Add 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil. (or oil of your choice)
10 drops bay rum essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops of sweet orange or bergamot essential oil
Mix and form as desired.

Lavender and Tea tree soap
3 ounces of grated pure soap
3 tablespoons warm water
Stir until soft or melted.
Add 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender essential oil.
mix and form as desired.

I thought this one would be good for acne, so I didn't add any oil. I thought of aloe after, which would be good for healing, but I don't know how well it would mix in. Both the lavender and tea tree are good for sores, healing, viral, and bacterial problems. That is why I added more of each. Both tea tree and lavender can safely be used neat. The higher amount of essential oil is for medicinal purposes. I think I will try this soap next time I have a outbreak of

shingles.

Hope this is helpful in making your own handmade lavender soap. Good luck. :)

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