DIY Lavender Soap

For quite a while I have made an effort to eliminate all artifical ingredients from my diet More recently, I have become more interested in going all natural around the house and for personal care.   This past weekend I decided to try my hand at making laundry detergent.  Check out the recipe I used here.

While making the detergent, I opted to try to grind up the soap in the food processor per the instructions (I learned the hard way that this is not a good idea for glycerine soap.)  I ended up grating a second bar for the detergent, which was much more effective.  My husband asked if there was anything we could use the mangled bar for.   My first thought was to melt it back into a bar and keep it to grate up for the next batch of detergent.  Then, it occurred to me that I could add some lavender oil in and make some bars for fun.  

I was not previously a bar soap person, but I think that I am in love!  My hands have pretty much been dry beyond help and looked years older than they are for the past 3 years (when I became a mother and a germophobe).  Not anymore!

     

I started with the chunks of Clearly Natural unscented soap and 100% lavender essential oil.  I filled two silicone cupcake liners with soap chunks and added 10 drops of the oil to each.  You wouldn't necessarily have to chop it up like this before melting.  Grating would work also.  If you do decide to chop, do it with a knife instead of a mini food processor ;)

I then placed these in the microwave for about 20 seconds.  They were completely melted.

Next, I put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden up.  They will solidify without refrigeration, but I wanted to speed up the process.  I ended up with these fabulous little bars:

I have been using them for hand washing and as I stated above, my hands haven't felt this good in a very long time.  I did some unrelated research and found out that lavender essential oil is effective against acne and great for skin in general so I have also been using one as a facial bar.  Love it!  I plan to make one of these for every sink in the house!

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