How to Make Lavender Soap – Crafts by Amanda


Learning how to make lavender soap at home is easy. The scent of lavender is so relaxing, you may find you want to keep them for yourself instead of giving them away as gifts as you intended! Just be sure to make extra soap for yourself.

lavender soap wrapped in brown paper

Why this project works

These DIY lavender soaps are simple and pretty and make wonderful gifts. In fact, you can make a bundle for the holidays by adding in our dried lavender candles and our lavender sugar scrub!

Related – Try our Lavender Bath Bombs too!

Homemade gifts are appreciated even more than their store bought counterparts. It’s the gift from the heart ideas that are ideal for Christmas and Mother’s Day!

Prefer to buy? You can find a lovely assortment of lavender soaps on Etsy here.

lavender soap wrapped in brown paper

Helpful Project Information:


  • Age Level: 12 and up
  • Mess Factor: Low
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Time to Complete: less than 1 hour, plus cool time
  • Cost Estimate: Less than $1.50 each

Craft supplies you will need

labeled supplies for making homemade lavender soap

Get full list of supplies and directions in the printable version at the end of this post.

How to Make Lavender Soap

These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

  1. Place 1 pound of glycerin goat’s milk soap inside a microwavable bowl.
  2. Melt the soap in the microwave at 10 second intervals until soap is fully melted and creamy in appearance. Stir between intervals. It takes about 6-8 intervals in total to fully melt. Don’t overcook as the soap may burn.
glycerine chunks in a bowl
  1. Work quickly as the goat’s milk begins to harden as it cools.
  2. Add essential oil and stir completely.
putting essential oil into a measuring spoon
  1. Pour the mixture into the soap molds.
pouring melted soap into molds
  1. Before the surface of the soap sets, insert a sprig of lavender leaves onto the top of the soap. If the surface has already hardened, gently poke the surface with the end of the stem to release some melted soap to help hold the leaves in place.
  2. Let the soap fully set in the mold for at least 1 hour before removing.
removing soap from mold
  1. Once soap is removed from mold, trim any rough edges with a sharp knife.
trimming the edges of soap
  1. wrap it in decorative paper or tissue and tie with a simple piece of twine.
wrapping soap in paper

Expert Crafting Tips


  • As tempting as it may be, do not add lavender flower buds to the soap. It can react with the lye in the soap and turn brown.
  • Try different soap molds until you find one that you like. Silicone mold work great!
  • For a decorative touch, wrap with crumpled brown parchment paper and tie with twine. Tuck a spring of lavender in the top of the wrapper.
lavender soap wrapped in brown paper

Learning how to make lavender soap in your own home is easy to do. Homemade soap is fun to make and is an awesome project to do with older kids. This is an ideal craft night project as well.

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lavender soap wrapped in brown paper

Print Project

Lavender Soap Recipe

Learning how to make lavender soap in your own home is easy to do. Homemade soap is fun to make and makes a great gift. Perfect for Mother’s Day or Christmas.

Prep Time5 mins

Crafting Time40 mins

Setting Time1 hr

Total Time1 hr 45 mins

Age Group: Adult Crafts

Project Type: Bath and Body

Supplies

  • 1 lb Goat’s milk glycerin soap
  • 1 tsp lavender essential oil
  • 2 sprigs lavender leaves
  • Decorative paper and twine for packaging optional

Craft tools

  • Soap mold in assorted shapes

  • Microwavable bowl and mixing spoon

  • Measuring cups, spoons and knife

Instructions

  • Place 1 pound of glycerin goat’s milk soap inside a microwavable bowl.

  • Melt the soap in the microwave at 10 second intervals until soap is fully melted and creamy in appearance. Stir between intervals. It takes about 6-8 intervals in total to fully melt. Don’t overcook as the soap may burn.

  • Work quickly as the goat’s milk begins to harden as it cools.

  • Add essential oil and stir completely.

  • Pour the mixture into the soap molds.

  • Before the surface of the soap sets, insert a sprig of lavender leaves on to the top of the soap. If the surface has already hardened, gently poke the surface with the end of the stem to release some melted soap to help hold the leaves in place.

  • Let the soap fully set in the mold for at least 1 hour before removing.

  • Once soap is removed from mold, wrap it in decorative paper or tissue and tie with a simple piece of twine.

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • As tempting as it may be, do not add lavender flower buds to the soap. It can react with the lye in the soap and turn brown.
  • Try different soap molds until you find one that you like. Silicone molds work great!
  • For a decorative touch, wrap with crumpled brown parchment paper and tie with twine. Tuck a spring of lavender in the top of the wrapper.

This post originally appeared here on Oct 23, 2020.

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