RELAXING-LAVENDER-SOAP

MAKING RELAXING LAVENDER SOAP

Breathe Deep, Relax Deeply: The Magic of Lavender Soap

Stressful days melt away like morning mist as you inhale the calming aroma of lavender. Now, imagine that serenity captured in a bar of soap, ready to envelop your skin and senses in a luxurious moment of peace. Enter the world of relaxing lavender soap, a handcrafted haven for body and mind.

More than just a delightful fragrance, lavender boasts a long history of use for its calming and therapeutic properties. The essential oil extracted from this beautiful purple flower is known to ease anxiety, promote relaxation, and even improve sleep quality. Infused into a gentle soap base, these benefits translate into a spa-like experience with every shower or bath.

Picture yourself stepping into a warm embrace of tranquility. The delicate lavender scent, fresh and calming, fills the air. As the rich lather caresses your skin, infused with nourishing oils like coconut and olive, it cleanses and hydrates, leaving you feeling soft and refreshed. But the magic goes deeper. With each inhalation, the lavender’s calming influence works its way into your senses, easing tension and promoting a sense of inner peace.

Relaxing lavender soap is more than just a cleansing bar; it’s a ritual of self-care, a mindful escape from the daily grind. So, why settle for ordinary soap when you can indulge in a little slice of tranquility? Light some candles, draw a warm bath, and let the soothing power of lavender transport you to a world of relaxation and rejuvenation. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

In this article, we will see how making Relaxing Lavender soap:

GENTLE
MOISTURIZING

START TO FINISH TIME:
1 to 2 hours,
24 hours insulation,
4 to 6 weeks to cure 

SCENT: LAVENDER

This is a recipe for a velvety purple soap that has a pure lavender scent. It will make for a very relaxing shower. It is a pretty soap that can be made lighter or darker depending on the amount of alkanet root powder used and how it is swirled. It’s also good for those with sensitive skin and allergies.

SAFETY FIRST! Remember to wear your safety equipment and mix the lye water outside. Tell everyone you live with that where you’re working is off limits. Give yourself enough time to complete the recipe.

EQUIPMENT

  • Kitchen Scale
  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass Bowls
  • Blender or food processor
  • Large spoon
  • Large stainless steel pot
  • Small zip-topplastic bag
  • Mold
  • Thermometer
  • Parchment Paper
  • Stick Blender (or hand mixer)
  • whisk
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Blanket

INGREDIENTS

  • 270gr (9 ounces) Olive Oil
  • 270gr (9ounces) Lard
  • 60gr (2 ounces) Hazelnut Oil
  • 210gr (7 ounces) Coconut Oil
  • 90gr (3 ounces) Castor Oil
  • 60gr (2 ounces) Cocoa Butter
  • 30gr (1 ounce) Shea Butter
  • 138gr (4.6 ounces) Lye
  • 375gr (12.5 ounces) Water
  • 30gr (1 ounce) Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Alkanet Root Powder

1. HEAT THE FATS/OILS:

In a large pot, combine the olive oil, lard, coconut oil, castor oil, hazelnut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. Heat over medium-low heat until they are melted and incorporated. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to 100°F(38C°) to 110°F(45C°).
 

2. MIX THE LYE WATER:

Put on safety gear, including protective eyewear, a mask, gloves, and long sleeves. Outside, carefully add the lye crystals to the water and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool to 100°F(38C°) to 110°F(45C°). If the oils and lye water cool at different rates, you can use a cold- or hot-water bath in the sink.
 

3. PREPARE THE MOLD:

While the oils and lye water cool, line the mold with parchment paper.
 

4. COMBINE AND BRING TO TRACE:

When both the oils and lye water are 100°F(38C°) to 110°F(45C°), carefully pour the lye water into the pot of oils. Use a stick blender (or hand mixer) to mix for 1 to 2 minutes and then let the mixture rest for 4 to 5 minutes. Repeat mixing and resting until light trace.
 

5. MIX IN NATURAL ADDITIVES:

When the soap reaches light to medium trace, add the lavender essential oil and blend for 30 seconds.

6. MIX IN COLORANTS:

Transfer 1 cup of soap to a separate bowl. Add the alkanet root powder and whisk until there are no lumps. Set aside.

7. MOLD AND LAYER THE SOAP:

Pour the large batch into the mold, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the pot. Slowly pour the alkanet root soap over the mold, moving back and forth evenly over the surface. Use a whisk to turn swirls into the top layer. You will end up with a dark purple top that fades to a lighter purple. Cover with a lid or parchment paper and insulate with a blanket for 24 hours.
 

8. CUT AND CURE:

Remove the soap from the mold. If it seems too soft to remove, wait another 12 to 24 hours before removing. Cut the soap into 12  bars. Allow the bars to cure in a well-ventilated location for 4 to 6 weeks.
 
 

TIP: If this is your first time swirling, be sure to relax and have fun. If you’d like to use the basic swirl method described in other page instead, remove only 1/2 cup of soap to add the alkanet root. Alkanet root will turn a pretty blue before returning to purple, so make sure to peek at it within the first 24 hours.

Sources / References

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Kelly Cable

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