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Make Hand Made Lavender Soap

Updated on May 30, 2013
Make your own natural lavender soap
Make your own natural lavender soap

DIY Natural Soap at Home

Soap making is a simple craft which can bring a lot of joy to your bathroom. Use natural ingredients and personalise it with petals and essential oils. They look pretty next to the sink and can make gorgeous gifts for friends and family.

Make the Lavender Oil

You can make soap with the natural scent of your choice, such as rose or mint.

This soap is made of the lavender out of my garden.

Making the Oil

Use a carrier oil such as light olive oil as the base. Cut the lavender flower heads and steep them in the oil. Use a sterilised air tight jar, and leave on a sunny window sill for 24 hours.

The next day, strain the oil and place back in the jar with fresh lavender. Leave again for a day or so and repeat this until you get the scent you desire.

Strain the oil and set aside for your soap making.

Steep lavender in olive oil to make lavender oil
Steep lavender in olive oil to make lavender oil

What You Need for Your Lavender Soap

You will need

  • A block of goats milk soap. This can be purchased online and is designed for home made soap making.
  • A good handful of dried lavender.
  • 3 Teaspoons of your lavender oil.
  • A mold for your soap, such as a tupperwear container.
  • Pestle and mortar or food processor.
  • Saucepan and heat proof mixing bowl.
  • Knife to cut the soap.


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Grind lavender in a pestle and mortarMelt your goats milk soapAdd your dried lavenderSet in a tupperwear container
Grind lavender in a pestle and mortar
Grind lavender in a pestle and mortar
Melt your goats milk soap
Melt your goats milk soap
Add your dried lavender
Add your dried lavender
Set in a tupperwear container
Set in a tupperwear container

How to Make the Soap

Place half of your lavender in the pestle and mortar or food processor and grind down.

Next cut up your goats milk soap into blocks and put them in your mixing bowl. Put it over a pan of boiling water on the hob and stir it until it completely melts down.

Put your lavender oil into the soap and sprinkle in the ground up lavender buds. Stir in the oil to ensure it is fully mixed in.

Pour the soap in the tupperwear container. Do this before it begins to set.

Break up the other half of your lavender, or use the pestle and mortar to make slightly bigger grounds. Sprinkle all over the top of the soap, pressing down slightly into the soap. Make sure that it is evenly spread.

Set aside to set. This could take a couple of hours or more.

Cut up the Soap

When the soap has set, push it out of the tupperwear container. Then simply cut it into blocks to the size of your choice.

Hand made soap
Hand made soap
Hand picked lavender
Hand picked lavender

How Do I Dry My Lavender?

If you pick lavender from your garden, you will need to dry it out for your soap.

There are a few ways to dry out the lavender.

Hang It

Bunch your lavender together and tie with string or ribbon. Hang the bunch upside down and it will dry out naturally.

Keep the lavender in a well ventilated room and it should dry out in a week or more. When it becomes brittle it is ready.

Oven

You can speed up the drying process by putting your lavender in an oven. Put the oven on a low heat and pre-heat for 10 minutes.

Lay the lavender on a baking tray without overlapping. Check on it after 5 minutes, then again 5 minutes after that. Make sure that your lavender doesn't burn! Once it is brittle, take it out.

Microwave

Lavender can also be dried in the microwave.

Lay it on a sheet of paper towel and put a sheet over the top of the lavender.

Heat it in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Take it out and check it. If it is not ready, put it back for 30 seconds. Check again and repeat if necessary. Again, make sure it doesn't burn.

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    • Eric Prado profile image

      Eric Prado 4 years ago from Webster, Texas

      This is so interesting! I'm going to try this at home! Great hub. Voted up.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      I too am going to try this..great hub with easy to understand directions..voting up and more..sharing also

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks Eric Prado. The goats milk soap is lovely for sensitive skin too. Thanks for voting :)

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you very much faythef. It's something quite easy to do at home. The longest part is making the lavender oil. Thanks again :))

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This is an interesting and very detailed hub on how to make lavender soap. Your many images really help to show how to properly make this soap. It goes well with your easy-to-follow steps on how the lavender soap is made. And it's also good how you added how to dry lavender for those that have lavender in their gardens.

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      Lady Summerset 4 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      I might just try this. I always wanted to make my own soap but was afraid of the lye aspect of it.

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thanks Ceres Schwarz - I'm so glad you found it useful and user friendly. You can also use other flowers from your garden, or buy some from a florist. Thanks for your comments.

      Hi Lady Summerset - I used goats milk soap and it worked really well. I've never tried it with any other though. Give it a try.

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      Vania 2 years ago

      Is it okay if i use the fresh ones? The ones which are not dried?

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      Emma Harvey 2 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi yes, I used fresh lavender, but I let it dry. If you use it while it is fresh I'm sure it will just dry naturally anyway.

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