One of my favourite plants of all times is lavender. I love the smell and I do like how it looks. Since I’m a very light sleeper, I also love the calming properties it has. They are in full bloom in Sweden, right now, and I love to take walks in gardens where I know there are a lot of lavender plants.
But lavender is not only good to help you relax into sleep mode. It is actually an antiseptic plant and it has antiviral and antibacterial characteristics as well. So it can improve the healing of cuts and make eczemas and acne less infected. Since it’s a natural herb, it’s also perfect for sensitive skins and can be used with babies too.
Today, we are going to make Lavender Soap. There are thousands of methods to craft handmade soaps, but I tend to like simple processes. So my suggestion is the most uncomplicated and also a way to recycle. Here’s how: if you have old bits of hard soap lying around the house and looking sad and soggy, this is your opportunity to turn them into something beautiful and crafty. If you do not, no worries. Get a natural soap. My choice was a perfume-free, ecologically made natural bar of soap that was actually advised for babies.
So, let’s see about what you’ll need for this:
- Soap bar or scraps or old soap bars
- Lavender seeds
- Lavender cut outs (optional)
- Stirring utensil (a spoon works just fine!)
We start with cutting the soap bar into scraps so that they would be easier to melt. On a pot, put the scraps of soap, lavender seeds and water (just enough to cover the scraps). Turn the heat on and gradually augment the heat as you stir. When it starts creating foam all over, turn the heat off and use the blender. Be careful not to splash the liquid because it is hot and it can burn your skin. Blend it into an even and thick mix. Don’t get sad if you see that the lavender seeds you added to the pot disappeared, you can add more later.
In your mold of choice – I chose two small oval boxes and a round small bowl – put some lavender seeds on the bottom and pour the soap carefully. Use a spoon to do it more accurately. As it coold down it gets harder to pour, so try not to take too much time with this. You can add more lavender seeds whenever you like. You can do layers, for instance, or mix them all over the soap, really. Go with your gut. If you are fearful of the getting-the-soap-out-of-the-mold process, you can grease it a little bit with olive oil, or similar, before you pour.
You are almost done!
After pouring the melted soap you just have to wait for it to cool off and get into the shape you chose for it. It should take only a few hours since we used hard soap and no oils. Wait until the mold is completely cool to try to take them out and be prepared that this can be the hard part of the process. If you are using plastic molds, like me, you can try to twist them as you do to ice cube molds. If that doesn’t work you can try to pour some warm water on the outside and see if it helps. If nothing is working and you really have to use a knife to cut them out try to make clean cuts, so you don’t break the soap.
When making this soap you can also use some lavender oil when you melt the soap. That will make the aroma much more intense and lasting. I didn’t use it because I didn’t have the oil. But you can, just add a few drops when you are boiling the soap.
This soaps can be used on your everyday household routine, or they can be made specially as a gift on christmas, birthdays or other celebrations. You can get a little bit of burlap cloth and a cotton cord to make it into a wrapped gift! Also, if you have a potted plant of lavender, like I do, get a small branch and use it as decoration.
Make these for you, or make them as gift or a small souvenir to a friend or family. In fact, why don’t you use it as an excuse to visit an old friend this week, offer them a handmade soap, and catch up?