Are you looking for some unique and useful DIY gift idea this season? Here is one homemade gift idea that is easy, and is guaranteed to be loved by its recipient: Homemade Lavender Soap Recipe. This soap is so pretty and it smells absolutely amazing. If you’ve never tried any melt and pour soap recipes, then this is the perfect one to start with. This surprisingly takes very little time and effort to make. I was shocked the first time I tried this that I really could create 12 bars in under an hour! Friends, neighbors, and teachers will just adore this homemade gift!
What You’ll Need to Make this Easy DIY Melt and Pour Homemade Lavender Soap recipe:
- 2 lb block of Shea Butter Soap Base (Goat’s Milk soap base is also just as great!) – this is enough for 12 bars
- Silicone Mold for 12 bars
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Dried Lavender Flowers
- Red & Blue Liquid Soap Color
- Empty dropper bottle
- Microwave Safe Glass Measuring Cup w/ Spout
- Decorative tape, raffia, burlap, and/or ribbon
Makes 12 bars
Easy Melt and Pour Homemade Lavender Soap Recipe:
The large block of the soap base is smooth and silky, and it cuts easily with a kitchen knife. Slice the soap base into strips, then cubes, and place them inside the microwave safe measuring cup.
Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well in between to ensure that the soap is completely melted. It took three 30 second heatings for each batch to 100% melt. My pyrex measuring cup was only big enough to melt half of the soap at one time, so I ended up making 2 batches out of the 2 lbs of soap base.
Once the soap is completely melted, add 25-30 drops of lavender essential oil. You can add more if you want a stronger scent. Then add about 3 tablespoons full of dried lavender flowers. You can add more or less depending on how many you want for texture.
You will also need about 20 drops of the purple liquid soap color. You’ll need to mix the purple by dropping 10 red and 10 blue into its own empty dropper bottle. Again, this amount can vary depending on how bright you want your soap color to be.
Once all of that is stirred well, pour it into the soap mold and let sit for at least 45 minutes to cool. The 2 lbs of soap exactly fits to make 12 bars using this mold.
I found some burlap and purple raffia that I had in my craft stash to wrap around the soap. I also had some brown flower tape that I found in the Walmart clearance section. I also like to use these made-over cookie tins to hold the soaps when giving them as a gift. This is great for Christmas, Mother’s Day, teacher gifts – so many possibilities with this! 🙂
I also have this great free printable soap label sheet! Just fill out the form below and you will get the PDF sent right into your inbox! Then you can click, print and cut out these labels to wrap around and add to your lavender soap for a more polished look of your handmade soap!
If you decide to make your own, I’d love to see some pictures and hear about your experience! This is a very versatile homemade soap recipe where you can add different scents and experiment with creating your own custom bar of soap! Also check out this Lemon Poppy Seed Homemade Soap Recipe, Fall Scented Glycerin Soap, or Lime & Cedarwood Soap! I also have a Frankincense and Pine recipe specifically for Christmas! It would be nice to have all varieties and wrap them up in a gift basket!