Lavender Essential Oil for Soap Making

Lavender essential oil is a favorite among many people because of its numerous aromatherapy and topical benefits, which is why it’s a great addition to any handmade soap recipe. In fact, one of the earliest known uses for lavender was in soap. Lavender’s crisp, clean, and floral fragrance makes it favored among soap makers and soap users alike. Lavender can stand alone as a fragrance for soap but is also great for blending with other essential oils. Try lavender on its own or combine it with other beneficial essential oils to fit your specific soap needs.

The highly concentrated fragrance of lavender essential oil has been known to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve headaches, and promote a better night's sleep. Showering with a bar of lavender soap gives us many of the same effects as diffusing the essential oil. As the soap suds up, the scent is released through the heat and steam produced by the water. Using lavender soap before bedtime can help us achieve a night of deep sleep. Similarly, lavender hand soap can be used throughout the day to promote calmness and relaxation. A warm bath or shower with lavender soap could be just the ticket to help ease a headache and help you relax. Lavender essential oil can also be used in soap designed for washing laundry, dishwashing, and household cleaners. Using lavender soap products around your household can help transform your home into a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Lavender soap is useful topically for both soothing and treating the skin. With already sensitive skin, it can be difficult for acne sufferers to find a soap that does not cause irritation, while still being effective against the bacteria that is responsible for blemishes. Lavender essential oil used in soap will gently cleanse the skin without stripping it of moisture, allowing its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to combat pimples and skin irritation. These properties also make lavender soap useful in treating skin infections, scabies, and eczema. Combining lavender essential oil with a gentle and moisturizing soap recipe makes the perfect bar for combatting a variety of skin issues and leaving you with happy, healthy skin.

Here are a couple of simple yet effective soap recipes that allow the benefits of lavender essential oil to shine. These recipes are formulated within safe usage rates for the essential oils used. Always do a patch test when using essential oils topically for the first time and discontinue use if irritation occurs. Soap making involves working with some caustic ingredients and high temperatures. Be sure to always wear the appropriate protective gear and use safe practices when making soap.

Lavender and Oatmeal Skin Soothing Cold Process Soap

Lavender and Oatmeal Skin Soothing Cold Process Soap

In this recipe, lavender and frankincense essential oils are combined with rolled oats for ultimate soothing power, while a 5% superfat adds a moisturizing boost. This soothing and moisturizing soap is great for those suffering from dry or irritated skin. The gentle formula will calm inflammation and blemishes to leave your skin feeling smooth and supple.

Ingredients

Supplies

  • 10-inch silicone loaf mold
  • Immersion blender
  • Digital kitchen scale
  • Small bowl for essential oils
  • Glass bowl for lye mixture
  • Large glass or stainless steel bowl for oils
  • Pot or double boiler
  • Spoon or rubber spatula
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses or goggles

Instructions

  1. Measure 1.25 ounces of lavender essential and 1 ounce frankincense essential oil into a small glass bowl and set aside.
  2. Weigh each vegetable oil and then combine them in a large bowl. Place the bowl on top of a large pot ⅓ to ½ full of water. Bring the water to a boil. Heat the oils until fully melted and blended, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Weigh out the lye and water into two separate bowls. Slowly pour the lye into the water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool.
  4. Allow the lye water and the oil to both cool to 100° to 120°F ensuring they are within 10 degrees of each other.
  5. Place your immersion blender into the oils, tapping it on the bottom of the bowl to release any air bubbles. Slowly and gently pour your lye water into your oil mixture. You can pour down the side of your bowl or down the shaft of your immersion blender to reduce the chance of splashing.
  6. Pulse your blender a few times, watching as the oils and lye start to combine. Switch between short pulses and stirring with the blender until the mixture comes together to a light trace. 
  7. Add the lavender essential oil and stir it in. Continue to stir until you reach a thin medium trace. Do not blend in the essential oil to avoid the soap thickening too quickly.
  8. Add the rolled oats and use a spoon or rubber spatula to swirl them throughout the soap mixture.
  9. Pour the soap mixture into the mold, using a spoon or spatula to scrape the bowl. Gently tap the mold on your work surface to help get rid of any air bubbles.
  10. Allow the soap to sit in the molds for 24-72 hours at room temperature. Unmold the soap, cut into bars, and allow to cure for 4-6 weeks.

 

Lavender Swirl Melt and Pour Soap

Lavender Swirl Melt and Pour Soap

Lavender essential oil comes together with dried lavender buds and lavender colorant to create a full lavender showcase in this fun and simple melt and pour recipe. The short list of ingredients and easy to execute swirl technique make this a great project for beginners.

Ingredients

Supplies

  • Heat Safe Bowl
  • Pot or Double Boiler
  • Spoon or Rubber Spatula
  • Heat Safe Soap Mold
  • 99% isopropyl alcohol in a misting spray bottle

Instructions

  1. Chop 1 pound of melt and pour soap base into smaller pieces and add to a heat-safe bowl.
  2. Place the bowl on top of a pot with a few inches of water in it. Bring the water to a bowl and gently melt the soap, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the soap from heat and add lavender essential oil and thoroughly stir everything together.
  4. Add a generous amount of lavender liquid color and stir a few times to create a purple swirl in the soap mixture.
  5. Pour into your mold or molds and mist the top with 99% isopropyl alcohol to dissipate any air bubbles.
  6. Sprinkle the dried lavender buds on top and gently press with a spoon to help them adhere.
  7. Allow to cool and harden at room temperature for several hours.
  8. Remove the soap from molds and wrap them tightly for storage.

 

Lavender and Tea Tree Solid Shampoo

Lavender and Tea Tree Solid Shampoo

The amazing benefits of lavender soap can be used for your hair as well as your skin. This cold process shampoo bar is specially formulated with oils and ratios that are great for hair health. Lavender and tea tree essential oils help to soothe a dry, itchy scalp, combat dandruff while giving your hair a fresh and floral scent.

Ingredients

Supplies

  • Heat Safe Soap Mold
  • Immersion blender
  • Digital kitchen scale
  • Small bowl for essential oils
  • Glass bowl for lye mixture
  • Large glass or stainless steel bowl for oils
  • Pot or double boiler
  • Spoon or rubber spatula
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses or goggles

Instructions

***Make sure to wear safety glasses or goggles, gloves, and long sleeve clothing. Working with lye and high temperatures requires caution and safe practices. Always make soap in a well-ventilated area.

  1. Measure and combine your essential oils and set aside.
  2. Weigh each oil and combine them into a large bowl. Place the bowl on top of a large pot that is about 1/3 full of water and bring the water to a boil. Heat the oils until fully melted and incorporated, stirring occasionally.
  3. While your oils are melting, weigh out the lye and water in two separate bowls. Slowly add the lye to the water while gently stirring until the lye is fully dissolved and the liquid is clear.
  4. Let your oils and lye mixture both cool to 130 degrees or below, ensuring that they are within 10 degrees of each other.
  5. Place your immersion blender into the oils, tapping it on the bottom of the bowl to release any air bubbles. This is a safety precaution that prevents the bubbles from coming to the surface when you begin mixing in the lye.
  6. Slowly and gently pour your lye water into your oil mixture. You can pour down the side of your bowl or down the shaft of your immersion blender to reduce the chance of splashing.
  7. Pulse your blender a few times, watching as the oils and lye start to combine. Switch between short pulse and stirring with the blender until the mixture comes together to a very light trace. This will allow time to add fragrance without the soap becoming too thick to work with.
  8. Working quickly, stir (do not blend) in the essential oil blend.
  9. Once your soap reaches about a medium trace, pour it into your mold or molds, scraping the bowl to ensure no soap is left behind. Tap the molds on your table or counter to release any trapped air bubbles.
  10. Allow the soap to sit in the molds for 48-72 hours at room temperature. Unmold the soap, cut into bars if using a loaf mold, and allow to cure for 4-6 weeks.
  11. Use and enjoy your handmade shampoo bar!

 

Lavender Fresh Body Wash

Lavender Fresh Body Wash

If you prefer a liquid body wash to a bar of solid bar soap, you can still create and enjoy one with lavender essential oil. Lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot, and grapefruit essential oils combine in this recipe to create a bright, invigorating herbaceous scent to help you start your morning with a boost of energy.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Measure liquid castile soap, vegetable glycerine, sweet almond oil, and essential oils into a bowl and stir thoroughly to combine.
  2. Add water, a little at a time, while stirring gently to avoid too many bubbles. 
  3. Allow any bubbles to dissipate and pour the mixture into the bottle. Some settling may occur so shake well before each use.