How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Making your own soap is very satisfying. Not only can you choose what kind of soap base you use, you can also choose from endless possibilities of scents, colors and textures. And even better? You get to share your handmade delicious smelling creations with friends and family. The official process of making soap from scratch is rather involved (remember Fight Club?). But there are a lot of resources (Amazon, craft stores) that sell “melt and pour” bases, that you literally just melt and add your desired colors, scents, textures (oats, poppy-seeds, dried flowers etc) and pour into molds. It’s a much easier and faster method–but you can still get very creative with your soap.

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2 lb goat’s milk melt-and-pour soap base (I found mine on Amazon, this yields about 6-8 bars for me in a 3.8 oz bar mold)

1 lemon rind, zested

3 tablespoons of dried lavender buds

2 tablespoons of honey

15 drops of lavender essential oil

6 drops of lemon essential oil

Jar or bowl for melting soap base (in microwave or double boiler)

Grater (for zesting)

Silicone mold159

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Chop soap into smaller pieces. It will melt faster this way. Place in bowl and microwave (or double boil). Be careful to watch soap and not let it burn.  If you are using microwave, heat in 30 second increments, stirring frequently.

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Zest your lemon. Be sure to wrap in a paper towel and press out any extra fluid. This prevents it from clumping together in your soap. Side note: the glycerine in the goat milk soap base acts as a preservative and keeps the lemon rind from molding.

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

While your soap chunks are in the microwave (or double boiler), measure out your lemon zest, lavender and honey in small bowls for easy adding once your soap is melted.

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Once soap is melted add your essential oils first.

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Once essential oils have been added and mixed thoroughly, add the lavender buds, lemon zest and honey.

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Have your mold ready to go, on a flat, even surface. You’ll want to move quickly before the soap cools too much. Mix everything thoroughly again, and pour mixture into mold.

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Once mixture is poured into mold, I like to sprinkle extra lavender buds on top for aesthetics. Do so while it’s still warm so buds solidify with soap. Let the soap cool for 2-3 hours until bars are completely solid. You might want to give it an extra couple hours just to be sure!

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Pop each bar carefully out of the mold. Take a sniff! You did it. Whew.

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Wrap or package however you like.

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

How to: Make Lavender Honey Lemon Soap - SISOO.com

Enjoy your new melt and pour soap skills!

 

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Sarah

I am a lifelong New Yorker who recently swapped the subway for the California sunshine. I'm 6'3" tall, and am always working my way through a list of creative projects that's longer than myself. I have a natural curiosity for figuring out how things are made. Currently hooked on Fabletics, dried mango, succulents and my labradoodle. When I'm not blogging here, you can find me designing jewelry, concocting new fragrances for my bath & body shop, daydreaming about one day living on a flower farm, and sourcing and shipping your jewelry supplies. Visit me at the links below if you want to connect!!

February 9, 2015
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37 Comments

  1. Reply

    Ashanta Lopez

    April 30, 2015

    I heard that the lavender buds turn a dark color over time, how do you or did you remedy this?

  2. Reply

    Dorothy

    October 20, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this soap I loved it,and am going to try it

  3. Reply

    Pam

    February 23, 2016

    Sounds wonderful. How mch did it cost to Make per bar???

  4. Reply

    Annie C Neal

    May 6, 2016

    Love this! Beautiful photos too, by the way. I definitely want to give this a try.

  5. Reply

    Linda Bacic

    July 28, 2016

    I love this soap! Have been experimenting with Melt and Pour, but gave up because the soap keeps sweating. I’m very careful not to let it boil and all the things they say that might cause this, but gave up. Do you have this problem?

    • Reply

      Carolyn

      May 9, 2017

      You said your soaps are sweating. For the first few days wrap the individually in saran wrap or I put them in heat shrink bags and seal them.

  6. Reply

    Candra Evans

    October 7, 2016

    This soap looks so beautiful! I have been resistant to use lavender buds because I heard that they will turn the soap brown, but I may try your recipe. Love it!

  7. Reply

    Stacey

    November 20, 2016

    Love the recipe and your packaging is beautiful! Where did you find the little lavender sprigs to go on the outside of the packaging?

  8. Reply

    Sarah

    November 29, 2016

    Hi there … before I make a huge mistake, can you clarify that the recipe (3 tbls of lavendar, 2 tbls honey) is for the entire 2lb soap base? I just got confused by the picture that shoes you mixing what appears to be each bar seperately in little containers. Can you not just mix the entire 2 lb soap base with all the ingredients at once? Thanks … they are so cute … making for Christmas gifts.

    • Reply

      SJ

      November 29, 2016

      HI Sarah, mix it all at once, stir thoroughly, and then pour into the molds! xoxo

  9. Reply

    Sarah

    March 16, 2017

    I am looking to make these as wedding favours. How far in advance to the wedding do you think I could make them without them going bad?

    • Reply

      Sarah

      March 16, 2017

      Hi! I would do them a few weeks prior!

  10. Reply

    Sandra Breshears

    March 31, 2017

    Where do you find the Lavender buds and the goats milk soap?

    • Reply

      Sarah

      April 4, 2017

      Hi, I link to them above in the list of what you’ll need!

  11. Reply

    Melanie T

    May 8, 2017

    Will it ruin the recipe if you add coconut oil? If you can.. how much can I add? Very adorable. I will be doing this project tomorrow!

  12. Reply

    Jessica

    May 30, 2017

    I tried your recipe last night minus the lemon oil, but using 1/2 lb of soap base. So I quartered the other ingredients as well. I found my soaps to feel kind of “sticky” (like when you have hard water) when I use them and it took some work to get them to lather. I read that adding too much honey can make the soap too soft and feel sticky. Do you find this issue when you make this recipe?

    • Reply

      Sarah

      May 31, 2017

      HI, yes, it’s possible the ratio was thrown off and there was too much honey. Be sure to split the other ingredients if you only use 1/2 lb of soap! xoxo

  13. Reply

    Kimberly

    July 31, 2017

    What did you use to tie around each bar of soap and to hold the lavender sprig in place? I can’t wait to try soap making!

  14. Reply

    Liz

    August 3, 2017

    Do you have any other scent combinations that you’ve used with this base? I’m looking to make it for a wedding shower party favor and would love to have some variety.

  15. Reply

    Christina

    August 26, 2017

    Hi Sarah,
    Just found you recipe for making soap on Pinterest, love it very much, thanks. I’m going to try making this for Christmas, I’ll need a little practice before I can pass them on as gifts.

  16. Reply

    Olivia

    August 30, 2017

    How long do these stay good for if you want to make in bulk?

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