Looking for a simple handmade lavender soap recipe to get your started on your soap making journey? You’re in the right place!
A friend and I were talking about a bar of homemade soap a few days ago. “This is the kind of stuff people wish they could make, but they go buy it at the farmer’s market instead”.
“Why?” I asked. “Why don’t they just make their own if they wish they could?”
But I know why.
I know because I was that person.
I’ve gone through the evolution of thinking that most homemade soap is heavy and greasy, so making good homemade soap must be hard – even a simple lavender soap recipe.
Then, I learned that good homemade soap was easy to make, but still, I wouldn’t make it because I was afraid of lye.
You see, when I was younger – I don’t remember how old exactly, but probably in my early teens – a pre-schooler from our church nearly died when she found a budget – yes a bucket – of lye in her mother’s pantry, and, thinking it was sugar, attempted to eat some.
That poor child spent a long time in the hospital not being sure if she’d ever be able to swallow real food again.
And while, Little House On The Prairie obsessed child that I was, I had always wanted to make my own soap, from that time, I was also terrified to use actual lye, because if I couldn’t even keep my keepsake doll from being torn up by my six younger siblings, how could I find a safe enough place to hide lye; my lavender bar soap recipe would have to wait.
So yes. I totally understand why a person buys homemade soap, rather than making it themselves 100%.
The rub is that once you’ve tried homemade soap, you never want to go back to buying commercial soap.
Soap that’s had every nourishing quality removed from it, leaving you only with a bar of hard, skin-drying detergent. Effective at killing germs and removing dirt? Yes. But at making your skin feel good? Not so much.
But what’s a gal to do when she doesn’t want inferior soap, but also doesn’t want to pay farmer’s market prices?
Look, I’ll be the first to tell you some things are worth the money, but with soap? Well, it really is easy to make. Especially with a handmade lavender soap recipe.
I finally got over my fear of lye when I Gabe and I got married. For the first time in my life, there were no little people around to worry about, so I bit the bullet, ordered lye, and tried my hand at soap making. I suppose that now that I do have kids, I’ve become desensitized to the risk – since I’ve had lye longer than I’ve had them.
But I also keep my lye locked up, and to their shock, don’t allow them to help make soap.
Yes folks, soap making has become one of mommy’s solitary hobbies – and if you have kids, you know both how hard it is to find time for solo hobbies, and how it fills your soul when you do.
The nice thing about soap is that it’s not just something you do for fun – it’s also productive – which means that asking your husband to keep the kids for half an hour is not just justified, it feels a lot less selfish.
I love homemade soap so much – I love playing with different oil combinations, and essential oil combinations to get the most luxurious lather to go with the best smell – that it’s a no-brainer for me.
This simple lavender soap recipe is one of my favorites. And granted, I feel that way about most of my soap recipes – rosemary-mint goat milk soap, oatmeal lavender goat milk soap, coffee scrub soap -they’re my babies. But you can’t go wrong with the soft floral scent of lavender. It’s really perfect for a relaxing shower at the end of the day, and a great way to support your skin against acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions.
Simple Lavender Soap Recipe
- 2 oz. lye
- 6 oz. water or ice cold goat milk
- 4 oz. coconut oil
- 4 oz. olive oil
- 8 oz. vegetable or canola oil
- 1/2 oz. lavender essential oil
- Measure out your ingredients carefully. I highly recommend not opening your lye until you’re ready to measure, and immediately mix it in with your water or milk – especially if you live in a humid area where your lye will absorb moisture and stick to, or lump up in your measuring device.
- In a well ventilated place – preferably outside, pour water or goat milk into a large, non-reactive bowl – either glass or high-quality stainless steel.
- sprinkle lye granules on top of milk, and stir with a non-reactive spoon or spatula until lye is dissolved.
- Let mixture site and cool until it reaches about 100 degrees.
- In the mean time, melt oil, and cool to 100 degrees. I like to use an instant infrared thermometer, but a candy thermometer will work as well.
- When the temperatures match, gently pour the oil into the milk/lye mixture.
- Mix with an immersion blender for 5-15 minutes until your soap mixture reaches a trace. If you’re not sure what a trace is, read this article with descriptive pictures.
- Stir in essential oil and mix well.
- Pour soap mixture into a prepared mold. I got this loaf mold from amazon and double this recipe to fill it.
- Carefully move your full mold to a place where it can sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours.
- Cover with a cardboard or plastic box, and then with a towel or blanket to insulate.
- After 24-48 hours, you can remove your soap from the molds
- Place soap back in a place where it won’t be disturbed, and let cure for at least three weeks before using to complete the saponification process, sweat, and become harder.