Another idea for using Lavender heads is to make your own soap. There are various ways to do this and you can find out more about the different processes and what’s involved on the About Home Website. The great thing about making your own soap is being able to control the ingredients, I wanted a skin healing soap, so my choice of ingredients included those which are well known to heal; honey, almond oil and lavender.
I decided to use the “Melt and Pour” method for my Honey, Almond Oil and Lavender soap, being a complete novice and not wanting to risk using harmful chemicals and worrying about getting the temperature right.
The other items I purchased were Sweet Almond Oil (which is a rich source of Vitamin E) and Lavender Essential Oil from Mother Nature’s Goodies. In addition you will need a container suitable for melting the base (I bought a tall, plastic measuring jug), scales, a spoon measure, dried lavender and a mould for making the soaps ( I found a silicone one in a pound shop which worked brilliantly):
1. The first thing you need to do is weigh your soap base, to determine how much of the oils to add, if you use too little oil it won’t be fragrant enough and if you use too much, the soap will be too oily and may not set. I used 250 grammes of base.
2. Break up the soap base into pieces, place in the container and heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts until melted:
3. Assemble the ingredients which you will be adding to your soap, in my case this was honey, almond oil, lavender essential oil and dried lavender. You will need a measuring spoon to accurately measure the correct amount:
4. The general rule of thumb for adding oils is 1 to 2 tablespoons per lb/450g of base. My base weighed roughly 250g so I used 1/2 a tablespoon each of the sweet almond oil and lavender oil. I also added 1/2 a tablespoon of honey and 2 spoons of dried lavender:
5. Give the mixture a gentle stir to evenly distribute the ingredients, try not to be too vigorous as this will create air bubbles. Pour the mixture into the silicone mould and leave to set, I added a bit more lavender to the top. It will take approximately 2 hours to set, at room temperature, or put it into the fridge for a faster setting time:
6. Once set, I wrapped my soaps in cellophane and added a label using a sprig of lavender. You can buy huge rolls of cellophane from florists suppliers or online (I got mine from Inspirations, the shop is quite near to me but they also sell online). This is useful for wrapping all manner of items:
7. The soaps should pop out of the mould really easily:
8. Wrap in the cellophane and decorate with a ribbon and a label:
These make lovely little gifts or guest soaps. If you get the bug and want to try making some more soaps, the options for ingredients are endless! I found a whole host of recipes on the “From Nature With Love” website.
Do you have any of your own soap recipes? Please let me know how you get on!