|I recently became interested in using more natural products at home and decided to try my hand at making homemade soap. I wasn't sure where to even begin to learn how to make my own soap, so I turned to Pinterest and found inspiration everywhere. I quickly discovered that there are many different methods of making soap, and one of the easiest is to use a suspension mix. So I sourced the tools and ingredients (online through Amazon and in-store at Michael's) and got to work on my soap.
After sharing my proud accomplishment and the finished product on social media, I received a few requests for the recipe, so I decided to share it through my weekly blog series so that I could help others learn how easy it is to make your own natural products at home. I hope you find this tutorial useful and, as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips - please leave them in the comment section below.
Homemade Lavender Oatmeal Goats Milk Soap
Step 1: Cut up the Goats Milk Soap Base into cubes and place in microwavable bowl. I recommend dedicating a bowl and spatula to soap-making rather than using ones from the kitchen. As per instructions on the Goats Milk Soap Base, microwave on high temperature for 40 seconds, and then 10 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until completely melted. Make sure there are no lumps!
Step 2: Add desired amount of lavender buds and oatmeal (pulse oats in blender for a few seconds) - I recommend a handful of each. Also add desired amount of lavender essential oils. Keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated so if you're sensitive to smell add around 15 drops - if you would like it to be nicely scented but not overpowering add around 20 drops. Thoroughly mix the soap mixture together.
Step 3: Pour the mixture into the silicone soap mold (careful, it's hot!). Make sure the mold is on a level surface. Leave to set for a minimum of 20 minutes before removing from the mold (I let it set overnight to be completely safe).
Pro tip: Spritz the top of the soap mixture with a bit of rubbing alcohol to get rid of bubbles!
Step 4: Turn silicone mold upside down and remove from wooden box. Gently pull sides of the mold from the soap to loosen until the soap is free. Place soap block on flat surface such as a cutting board or baking tray and use the soap crinkle cutter or knife to cut soap into desired size.
Step 5: (Optional) wrap soap in corrugated cardboard and ribbon if giving for a gift.
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And now you get to enjoy your lovely lavender scented homemade soap! You'll notice that the oatmeal adds a gentle exfoliation and the lavender buds helps to infuse the soap with the lavender scent.
I used doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil in this particular soap but there are so many other scent varieties you could try (for citrus, try Lemon and Wild Orange, or for a more masculine scent, try Cedarwood or Eucalyptus).
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If you try out this recipe, let me know how the finished product turns out for you or if you have a homemade soap recipe for me to try out, please also share in the comment section. I will definitely be making more soap in the future!
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