I have wanted to make homemade soaps for a while, and this week I finally had the pleasure of marking that task off of my list. It’s a great gift idea for friends and family, and even for yourself! I am a huge fan of lavender, so when I made my first batch, it was with this easy homemade lavender soap recipe.
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Homemade Lavender Soap Recipe
To make this soap, you are going to need a few items:
- Shea Butter Soap base
- Lavender (essential oil)
- Dried lavender flowers (optional)
When you pick up your shea butter soap base, you will notice that it is molded into 48 small rectangles that are attached. I cut off 6 small pieces and find that this will make 2 bars of the rectangle soaps.
- The first thing you want to do is break off the number of pieces from the base soap for the number of soaps you want to make. I broke off 12 pieces because I was making 4 bars of soap. (Soap molds come in different shapes and sizes and this is perfect for making the regular sized rectangular soaps.)
- Once you have your pieces, add them to a glass dish and place them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, and repeat heating with 10 second intervals until all of your shea butter soap is melted.
- After your soap has melted, allow to cool slightly and then add in your Lavender essential oil.
- Once you have your scent added, add in your dried flowers and mix well.
- Take your funnel and then slowly pour the mixture into your molds. This is to keep out any air bubbles that could be created if scooping or pouring in directly. Allow to sit for 40 minutes to harden.
- To remove from the mold, carefully and gently pull the sides of the molding away from the soap to remove the suction, and then carefully pop out!
This was such a fun and easy project! I love the benefits of lavender, and the scent itself has the most relaxing properties about it.
Homemade Lavender Soap Recipe
When I was in the hospital and in labor with my first child, the nurse allowed me to burn a small scented lavender candle in the room to help me relax.
I even have Lavender scented baby soap in the house. You can pour a little in the bath water and make a great lavender scented bubble bath (and the bubbles last forever), and now that I have my own personal soap, I am excited about bath time! Can you tell I love Lavender?
I hope you enjoyed this Homemade Lavender Soap Recipe. I am going to be making these for gifts this holiday season and creating fun baskets for my family and friends. It’s such a fun project, so I hope you get to make these soon!
If you liked this Lavender soap recipe, you might also like this homemade Shower Bomb Recipe. Another way to take shower time to another level!
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That is gorgeous and looks like it would be a great gift! :)-Ashley
Thanks Ashley! I love gifts like these, and I know a lot of others who do! I always need a good excuse for a relaxing bath and pamper time.
I’m a newbie, how many drops of oil did you use for the 12 pieces of soap?
how Many drops did you use
I tried making soap last year but it didn’t really turn out that well. I am actually thinking about taking a soap making class for fun, because it’s so rewarding to make them and to give them out as gifts. 🙂 Your soap looks lovely.
Thanks Emily! I don’t think I have ever heard of a soap making class, but that sounds like fun!
Kayla @ Home Coming says
These look great. They’re a great idea for a gift! I’m hosting a pillow cover giveaway that you should enter. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/pillow-covers-giveaway.html
Thanks Kayla! I will hop over and check it out.
I can totally almost smell them. I love handmade soaps. When I get them as gifts, it makes my whole day! Perhaps I can do the same for someone.
They are so much fun to make! I have a ton of ideas, I think I am addicted to making these…
Gorgeous! And this looks really easy – and I agree, it would be make great gifts.. Hmm, holidays, teacher gifts??
It was surprisingly very easy to do! I think these would be AWESOME gifts for the holidays.
Andrea @ Cloud Nine Chic says
I just love this post, Jennifer! Can’t wait to give it a try, I’ve been dying to learn all about soap making… Thanks so much for sharing the process with us! 🙂
You are so very welcome! Thanks for stopping in Andrea 🙂
Thank you for sharing! I think this is what I’m going to make for gifts this Christmas.
I have to admit this because it cracked me up. When I was reading through the list of supplies you would need, and got to “mold” I immediately pictured the green stuff that grows on food I’ve forgotten in the back of the fridge for 2 months. I thought, “What in the world is she putting in this soap?” Then, I realized it was a mold to make the shape of the soap bar, and realized I’m quite ditzy sometimes.
Hahahah!!! Yes, a SOAP MOLD, not the CHEESE MOLD!!!! You crack me up Kristen, ha!
I am so excited to read this – and am pinning to make later. I have always wanted to make my own scented soap, but figured it would be far more complicated than you make it sound…we will see how it turns out!
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I think you will be pleasantly surprised with just how it easy it is!
Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry says
The soap looks so pretty! I’ve never made it from home before, but I might have to give it a try!
Thanks for sharing at Wine’d Down Wednesday! Pinning your post to our WDW Pinterest board to share with our followers! Hope to see you back at the party next week!
Thanks Kristin! I love it…I have it in my shower and bath…I am a lavender fan!
Carol Comer says
Do you have a tried and true recipe for bath bombs that can be used with a group of children ages 9 – 12. I prefer nothing with oils to avoid an accident. I have read so many recipes that caution about them not setting up or crumbling due to humidity. Some sites use dehumidifiers. We have 3 hours with these children to make 3 projects. Is there a tried and true recipe out there???? Thanks
I am not sure what you would use that doesn’t use oils, but you could use a regular bath bomb recipe and omit the oils, which are used for scented purposed.