Soap is a necessary part of everyday life. So why not give your loved ones something that they need – with a unique and Creative Plume twist. Give them gourmet soaps infused with their favourite herbs and scents that they can look forward to washing their hands with. Lavender is a popular scent and the flowers are a versatile option for soap making. Soap, here’s how to make it – lavender style.
What You Will Need:
Clear Glycerin Soap – Buy Online
Laveder Essential Oil – Buy Online
Lavender Flowers (on the stem is best) – Don’t have access to lavender plants? Buy lavender flower buds Online
Purple Soap Dye – Buy Online
Soap Mold or Small Baking Pan – Buy Online
Microwave or double boiler
Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle
How To Make Gourmet Lavender Soap:
Dry lavender flowers for a couple days by hanging them upside down. Prep the soap mold or baking pan by spraying with oil. Blot excess oil with paper towel. Cut Glycerin into small cubes. Have your chosen lavender essential oil, lavender, rubbing alcohol and dye ready because glycerin will melt and harden quickly. It is also best to do soap in smaller batches. Your soap will turn out best if you do only 1 or 2 at a time. Melt the amount of glycerin soap that is equal to the size of the mold you are using.
Melt glycerin for 30 seconds to a minute in the microwave. Put in for 15 second intervals and stir in between each interval. You can also melt glycerin in a double boiler. Stir gently and pour into molds until half full.
Once the glycerin is, melted add about a ¼ of a dropper of essential oil per soap bar (this will depend on how strong you want the fragrance to be, how pure the oil is and how big the soap molds are.) Add about a half a drop of soap dye per soap bar (a hint of colour will take away the blue tinge that clear glycerin soap has, but too much colour will make the lavender flower less visible.)
Spray the surface of the poured glycerin with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles. Place lavender into mold. Fill mold with the remaining melted glycerin. Spray again with rubbing alcohol. You may need to use a toothpick to help hold the lavender flower in position until the soap begins to harden. Allow soap to harden for about 30 minutes. You can put it in the fridge to speed up the hardening. Once hard, apply firm, even pressure to the back of the mold until it is released.
Once your lavender soap is done, you can put them in a box, on a bed of leftover lavender flower buds. You can also tie a couple bars together with some hemp string or ribbon.
Want To Switch Things Up?
Try using different herbs, colours, cutouts shapes and different essential oil scents. The picture below features a thyme infused soap. A few other suggestions would be citrus, lemongrass, mint, vanilla and chamomile. Think of your favourite scents/herbs – you are only limited by your Creative Plume!