Lavender looks good, smells good and overall it’s a great herb to work with. No wonder it’s a popular cosmetics ingredient and as you already know, I too go with the lavender flow. This time let’s take a look at my lavender soap recipe.
If you’ve never made soap before, read my post Making soap at home – basics. There I show you how to make your own handmade soap.
Ingredients to make 1,5 kg of soap:
- 350g of rapeseed oil
- 450g of sunflower oil
- 200g of coconut oil
- 140g of sodium hydroxide (NaOH)
- 380g of lavender infusion in distilled water
- 20g of dried lavender blossoms
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
As for the lavender infusion – it’s like making tea. Boil the distilled water and pour it over a jar full of lavender. Close the jar and let the infusion work over night. Then weight the amount you need to work.
Put the rapeseed, coconut and sunflower oil in a stainless steel bowl and place the bowl on a pot with water. Melt the oils over low heat in water bath and stir well. Then set the bowl aside and let the oils cool.
Pour the NaOH in the bowl with the lavender infusion and stir until the NaOH melts. Don’t forget to keep you glasses and gloves on.
Check the temperature ob both the oil basis and the lye regularly and when they reach 30 °C, place the two bowls next to each other. Put the hand blender in the oil, slowly pour in the lye and mix everything with the blender until the mixture’s color has unified. Then add the essential oil and dried lavender and stir everything well with a whisk.
Pour the soap in the soap mold, pack it in some food foil and a towel or fabric diaper and let it rest for 48 hour.
The take the soap out and cut it. Let it cure for 6 weeks.
Want more lavender cosmetics? Check out my lavender cream recipe!