Homemade bath and body items are all the rage right now, and with the arrival of five soap bases to The Shoppe at Somerset, I decided to try my hand at making soap with one of my favorite scents: lavender. The entire process was much easier and went much faster than I ever could have imagined. All told, this entire project took less than 10 minutes to make, and about an hour to cure.
Homemade soaps are the perfect gift to make for family and friends, especially if you happen to be on a tight budget around the holidays. One 1-pound soap base can make up to four full bars of soap, and you can customize each bar based on your loved ones’ favorite scents. You can also get creative with the packaging of your soap bars, which is half the fun! Wrap them with a little bit of burlap, like I did, or maybe try a strip of your favorite patterned paper. You can make custom soap boxes or put each bar in a small fabric or paper gift bag and machine-stitch it closed. This is one of those projects that can be done well in a million different ways, and I guarantee that you will have a lot of fun in the process!
English Lavender Soap Tutorial:
You’ll want to start by cutting your soap base into small pieces with a soap cutter; I cut my pieces into the size of cheese cubes.
Next, fill a glass mason jar (without the lid or rim) with the pieces of soap, and heat in a microwave for 30 seconds. Carefully remove the jar from the microwave (wear protection on your hands, since the glass might be hot) and place on a heat-safe surface.
Add dried lavender flowers and lavender essential oil to the jar, and mix together with a dedicated spoon (something that you do not plan to use for food purposes).
Pour the liquid into your soap mold, and place in a refrigerator to cool.
Once your soaps have cured, gently press on the back of the mold to pop them out, and decorate as desired.
I cut strips from colored burlap, and attach it to my bars with twine. To finish, I adhered a decorative Papaya Art sticker to a small grubby metal-rimmed tag, and attached it to the twine.