This blog post is the first in my Lavender Series where I’ll be sharing with you five quick and easy DIY projects using the lavender flower and essential oil. Also, I will be posting a video of this entire process!
In this post, I will show you how to make this fabulous Lavender Honey Lemon Soap. It’s very easy to make, and creates a creamy, fragrant, luxurious soap. The honey and glycerin base act as humectants that draw moisture to the skin. The goat’s milk is very rich, and the lavender and lemon provide a soothing, yet invigorating experience. I used an all-natural goat’s milk melt-and-pour glycerin soap base because I wanted to avoid unnecessary chemicals and preservatives that can cause irritation.
This recipe was created by Sarah Johnson.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 2 lbs goat’s milk soap base
- 1/4 cup lavender buds
- 2 tbsp honey
- zest of 1 lemon
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- knife for cutting
- cheese grater
- glass bowl for heating soap in microwave or on stove
- glass measuring cup for pouring
- silicone soap mold
Use the cheese grater to remove lemon peel.
Once the lemon zest has been produced, press a paper towel over it to absorb excess moisture.
Cute soap base into one-inch squares.
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Create a double boiler by filling the pot with 2 to 2-1/2 inches of water. Place the glass bowl on the rim of at large pot or Dutch oven and heat to boiling, then reduce heat. You can also microwave the soap in 30 minute increments, but I preferred to melt it on the stove. Melt soap over medium heat, being sure to stir regularly. After the soap is completely melted, transfer it to the glass measuring cup.
Then whisk in the honey, lemon zest, lavender buds, lavender essential oil, and lemon essential oil. The pour the mixture into the silicone molds
Spray the wet soap with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol or surgical spirits to eliminate bubbles. I used 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Let the soap cool and harden completely before gently removing from the mold.
I placed my soap in the freezer for a couple of hours to speed up the process, even though this is generally frowned upon.
I’m really happy with the way the soap came out. It has a very pleasant lavender fragrance, and the colors from the lavender and the lemon complement each other perfectly! I had extra soap mixture and poured it into a silicone loaf mold and then after the soap hardened, cut them into small pieces with my crinkle cutter. These make great sample sizes and gifts.
Try out this recipe, and let me know how your soap turns out!