Lavender Handmade Soap
The lavender plant is a flowering herb plant often favored by many gardeners. Its pretty flowers and sweet scent are always welcome in a garden. However, apart from being decorative, lavender is also a medicinal or beneficial plant. The flowers in particular are often used in herbal remedies or beauty treatments. It shouldn't come as a surprise then that lavender is also used in handmade soap!
For the best lavender handmade soap, dry your own lavender flowers. Ideally, you should pick the branches with flower buds, and cut them from the plant as the buds are beginning to bloom. Hang these sprigs upside down in a well ventilated area that will stay dry. It should take a couple of weeks for the flowers to dry completely or enough for use.
You are looking for a dry, somewhat crumbly flower, but it should still have its color. Once it loses its color, you will lose the effect you're after. If you are in a hurry, you can place the sprigs on oven pans and leave them in the backseat of your car for a couple hours. Leave your car under the sun. It should have a mild oven-like effect on the flowers. Just be ready for your car to smell like lavender for a while!
Now that you have your dried flowers, you are ready to make lavender handmade soap!
- 10 tbsp. Castile soap (grated)
- 8 tbsp. distilled water (heated to boiling)
- 2 tbsp. dried lavender flowers (crushed to a powder)
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
In a makeshift double boiler (a glass Pyrex bowl over a pot of simmering or slightly boiling water), heat the grated Castile soap and the 8 tbsp. of boiling or hot distilled water. Mix these together until all the Castile soap is melted. You may have to add some low heat from time to time.
Take the Pyrex bowl off the pot and add the crushed lavender flowers into the liquid mixture. Stir till an even consistency is reached.
Add the lavender essential oil and stir again. This time, you want to stir till you notice a thickness in your liquid mixture.
Place the mixture in your soap molds and allow to harden.
When the soap is completely hard, pop them out of the molds. You should be holding a hard soap bar. If the soap looks strange, consult the soap making troubleshooting page.
Set the bars on a drying rack in a cool but dry place. You will have to turn the bars once every three to five hours during the day to make sure the soap doesn't take on the design of the rack.
After about three weeks, your soap should be ready for use!
Don't just stop with lavender handmade soap. Try to making herbal soap with different kinds of herbs!