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One of my favorite frugal skills that I’ve learned so far has got to be how to make soap. I find the entire process incredibly calming – well, as long as I have a good homemade soap recipe that is. If I’m stuck trying to figure out a bad measurement or something, it sort of takes the calm away. Learning how to make lavender soap was one of the first soap recipes I learned.
This lavender soap recipe is both easy to make and smells amazing! We’ve added Eucalyptus for the bars in this post, but you can skip it if you would rather leave it out.
Lavender Soap Recipe
There are so many benefits of lavender that it just makes sense to use it in a soap recipe. It can calm the mind, soothe the skin and of course, make wound-up children tired in a gentle and easy way.
It is one of my favorite essential oils and herbs to use in DIY products like my homemade lavender deodorant recipe.
Recipes with lavender are usually safe enough to use on children, however, be very mindful of possible allergies before doing so.
Eucalyptus Soap Recipe
If you decide to add Eucalyptus to this homemade soap recipe, it retains the soothing qualities of the lavender soap while adding the benefits of Eucalyptus to it as well.
It’s great for opening up congested chests and noses while soothing the general yucky feelings that come with being sick.
I generally keep at least one type of eucalyptus soap around because it works so well for our allergies each year.
How to Make Lavender Soap
Leaning how to make lavender soap – or any homemade soap recipe really – can really feel overwhelming. I can remember being afraid to soap making at first.
You hear so many people talk about lye and how dangerous it can be. It’s enough to scare a person away from making soap at all.
It’s true that it can be, but if you’re careful and follow your homemade soap recipes carefully, you shouldn’t have any issues.
Homemade Soap Making Supplies
Before you begin learning how to make homemade soap, you’ll want to make sure you have the homemade soap making supplies you’ll need to do so. If you’re missing any supplies at all, you are running the risk of your soap not setting.
At the bare minimum, you will want to have:
- Silicone soap molds
- Soap cutter
- Glass measuring cups kept just for soap making
- Glass mixing bowls kept just for soap making
- Stick blender kept just for soap making
Homemade Soap Recipes
If, after making this lavender soap recipe, you want to expand into harder recipes, be sure to check out these 33 homemade soap recipes. They are a mix of easy and harder making them great for those who have been making soap for a while and folks who are just learning!
You Will Need:
- 1/2 pound White Glycerin Melt & Pour Soap Base
- 1/2 pound Clear Glycerin Melt & Pour Soap Base
- 1 teaspoon dried eucalyptus leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender petals
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Kiwi Soap Colorant
- Lavender Soap Colorant
- Soap Mold
- 2 Glass measuring cups or bowls
- Stir stick
Because we wanted this to be an easy Introduction into Soap Making for those that have never done it, this recipe uses melt & pour soap base.
To start, you’ll need to cut both batches of soap base into cubes about 1″ in size.
Once the soap base is cut, microwave the white soap base – in a glass measuring cup – on high for 30 seconds.
Give it a good stir. If it isn’t fully melted, return to the microwave in 10 second increments making sure to stir well after each time.
After it’s fully melted, add 1-2 drops of Kiwi soap colorant.
Side Note: Yes, you can make this lavender soap without colorants. It will not hurt the recipe or the finished product at all. The color just lends a prettier finished bar which may be important to some people.
If you are making a lavender eucalyptus soap, add in crushed eucalyptus leaves once you have colored the soap (or melted it if you’re skipping coloring) and stir well.
If you are not using them – or after you’ve stirred the leaves into the mixture – pour the soap base into your soap mold.
Set aside while you work on the rest and allow it to set for at least 4-5 minutes.
Repeat the melting process with the clear melt & pour base.
Once it is fully melted, stir in the lavender leaves, 1-2 drops of lavender soap colorant and 10-15 drops lavender essential oil.
A word about essential oils
You can use any brand of essential oils you prefer or have on hand. Brand does not matter when it comes to essential oils.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as “therapeutic grade” and there are zero federal oversights for EO meaning literally anyone can add a “therapeutic grade” label on their bottle.
As long as the oil you are using is 100% pure essential oil, you’re golden. I personally prefer to use Plant Therapy essential oils, but will use whatever I happen to have on hand.
Once you’ve stirred everything in, pour the lavender layer into the soap mold on top of the first layer.
Set aside and allow the lavender soap to cool and harden for at least 3 hours.
Once your soap has hardened, use a soap cutter to cut it into 2″ bars. Wrap with your favorite gift wrap, twine or other embellishment or set aside for your own family!
Like I said earlier, lavender is one of my favorite things to use in DIY’s. Do you have a favorite lavender product you make?