Lavender remains a favorite scent for soaps. It is an herb from the mint family that has a sweet and floral aroma. Lavender soap benefits are numerous for both mind and body. Soaps made with lavender essential oil can promote a sense of well-being.
A simple essential oil melt and pour lavender soap recipe is also included in this post. First, lets look at some benefits of using lavender soap.
Lavender Soap Benefits
Lavender's soft and clean floral fragrance makes it a favorite among soap makers.
- Lavender soap is effective at calming stress and excessive energy in children or adults, especially during the evening time.
Safe for Entire Family
- Lavender is a popular and all time favorite aromatherapy oil. It is widely used for a variety of aliments and is among the safest oils.
- It is an excellent sleep aid. Using lavender soaps before bedtime can help to promote a deep sleep. It can create a comfortable and relaxing environment.
- This calming oil can soothe strong emotions when feeling fearful. It brings composure and stability.
- Soaps made with lavender essential oil have soothing effects on many skin aliments. It is regenerative and can soften and condition skin. Lavender has antiseptic properties as well.
Melt and Pour Soap Base
Melt and Pour soap bases are especially great for beginners or those DIYers that are not committed to crafting cold process soap (ME!!).
To use melt and pour soap, all you have to do is cut up the soap block, melt it down, add color and scent, then pour into your desired soap mold.
I am using Goat's Milk melt and pour base because it has hydrating and nourishing properties. Here is the one I like:
Lavender Essential Oil Soap
- 1 pound Goat's Milk melt and pour soap base
- 20 drops Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)
- 35 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula intermedia or Lavandula angustifolia)
- Glass measuring cup (size 4 cups)
- Silicone heart soap mold
- Spray bottle with Rubbing Alcohol
Step 1: Cut up soap block with a sharp knife into small squares, this helps it to melt quicker. Place the cut up soap into glass measuring cup.
Step 2: Place measuring cup into a pot with several inches of boiling water. You do not want rapid boiling because that can cause water to splash into your soap base.
Step 3: Stir occasionally until base completely melts (no solid chunks left). Takes 10-15 minutes. Once melted, remove from heat using a pot holder because the handle will be hot.
Step 5: Pour soap into soap mold. I filled 5 heart molds with this recipe. Immediately spray the exposed tops of soap with rubbing alcohol, this helps to pop the bubbles so the soap is smooth on top (see the picture). You can get the heart mold I used here.
Step 6: Let cool until soap hardens, usually about 2-3 hours. Pop soap bars out of silicone mold. The unused soap bars will need to be wrapped in plastic wrap for storage to avoid having them sweat (also called glycerin dew).
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