This lightly scented homemade soap recipe is created using a fresh smelling blend of lavender and fir essential oils. It’s the perfect unisex soap for both men and women alike with no overpowering fragrances and also contains skin nourishing illipe butter – a fun alternative to cocoa butter.
Homemade Natural Lavender & Fir Soap Recipe
12 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
For this cold process soap recipe you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. This batch will fit inside one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds and yield approximately 10-12 bars depending on how they are cut.
Start by preparing your lye/water. You can weigh or measure the water in a pitcher or large glass pyrex measuring cup. Then weigh out the lye using a digital kitchen scale and pour into the water in a well ventilated area, stirring until all lye is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Now prepare the soapmaking oils by weighing out all of the ingredients and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until all oils are completely melted, then remove from heat and allow to cool.
When your soapmaking ingredients have cooled to between 95°-100°F you’re ready to mix the lye/water and soapmaking oils. Slowly pour the lye/water into the oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Next, add the essential oils and combine thoroughly, then pour half of the soap into your prepared mold.
Now add a pinch of chromium green oxide pigment powder to the remaining soap in the pot. Mix with the stick blender until all color is evenly distributed then pour the green colored soap on top of the first layer in your mold.
Cover and insulate your soap for 24 hours, then unmold and cut into bars. Allow to cure 3 – 6 weeks before use. This natural soap recipe creates nice, super hard bars of soap.
Like this recipe? Then be sure to also check out my homemade beer soap recipe and my exfoliating gardener’s soap recipe, both of which are also made with illipe butter. And for more natural handmade soap recipes as well as DIY bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. You can also follow my blog on Blog Lovin’ as well as find me on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram!