Relaxing Lavender Soap
Lavender Soap! Ah, yes please! I pretty much think that my nickname should have lavender in it because I love it so much. Pretty much all my toiletries are lavender scented, from soap and shampoo to lotion and deodorant! It just smells so darn good and brings a lot of comfort.
The use of lavender oil dates back centuries and is believed to have originated somewhere in the Mediterranean. The ancient Greeks called lavender Nard or Spikenard, for which they used as a holy herb. The Romans used Lavender much like we do today in everything from bath soaks to beds linens and clothing to hair. Lavender gets it’s name from the Romans, meaning ‘to wash’ in Latin.
Lavender is most comely used in aroma therapy, additionally it also can be used as a disinfectant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. In particular I find the aroma therapy of lavender to be calming and relaxing and often use it as a sleep aide! I absolutely love this smell, oh yea, I’ve said that already! But seriously it really truly is wonderful!
Through some research into soap making I have found some other compounds using clay and lye, with natural lavender coloring. I hope to give it a whirl and add that one to my collection of soaps. Stay tuned! I’ll keep you updated how that turns out and post updates!
- 1 lb clear melt & poor soap base
- 8 to 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tbsp dried lavender - optional
- Cut soap up into small cubes and place in microwave for 1 minute.
- Remove and stir and place back into microwave for 20 seconds at a time stirring in-between until soap is liquefied.
- Stir in lavender oil and add dried lavender.
- Pour into molds and let set for a couple of hours.
- Remove from molds and ready to use!