I have been wanting to get more crafty and DIY stuff up on the blog but I need it to be easy to do and something practical as well. I looked at a few things and I have some more really great ideas coming but I did decide that melt and pour soap seemed simple enough to do and the cost was not very much to start. I already had quite a few things in my house like the essential oils so I only had to buy the soap base.
I chose to buy the melt and pour soap base mostly because I am kind of leery when it comes to working with chemicals I don’t really know much about and making soap the other way required lye (which I am not comfortable using). I also liked the melt and pour soap bases as it was fun to have my daughter help me make the soap as well. I also love that I can do so many different things with just one base.
This one I chose to do lavender in a shea butter base but I also did goats milk, lavender and oatmeal (coming soon) and I am also planning a vanilla one soon too as it’s my favourite scent. I chose lavender also for it’s calming properties and I love the smell. These could also make great gifts for anyone. I think my boys’ teachers would love these as a gift for the end of the year.
1 pound Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base (I used this one which is 2 pounds)
1/2 cup dried lavender flowers (I purchased from a company close to my house)
5 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops of purple soap dye – optional (you can add more depending on the colour you are trying to achieve)
Cut the shea butter soap base into small squares (out of the pound I used I had about 12 squares) and place them into a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and keep heating in the microwave in 10-second increments until the entire soap base is liquid and smooth (no lumps).
Stir in the lavender flowers, essential oil and colouring (if using). Once the mixture is completely mixed, pour into your desired mold shapes. Let sit for 40 minutes to an hour to harden. Pop them out and you have wonderful handmade soap that only takes about 10 minutes to make.
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