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Lavender and Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe

March 12, 2009


4 oz. olive oil
2.5 oz. coconut oil
1.5 oz. palm oil
1.25 oz. lye
2.5 oz. lavender infused water
1 oz. half-n-half
1/4 fl. oz. lavender essential oil
1/4 tsp. freesia fragrance oil


Add the half-n-half to the lye water after it has dissolved. Continue using your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. The lavender water should have the flowers removed before using. All ingredients are by weight unless otherwise noted.


  • Sharon Gill

    March 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Rebecca, Your website is great. I too made soaps, candles etc. I gave up candles about 5 years ago and did soaps, bath bars, bombs etc. Your pictures are great and the information is wonderful. I don’t do much anymore, but seeing your website and knowing other soapers, your products are by far the most creative that I have eve seen. I write a beauty blog now and if you didn’t mind I would be happy to mention your website.

  • Rachel

    November 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Hi Rebecca, I am new to soap making and am really enjoying your recipes. Question, is their a sustainable alternative to palm oil? Or a source that sells palm oil that isn’t destroying the orangutans habitat?

    Cheers, Rachel

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Yes, Mountain Rose Herbs sells sustainable palm (fruit) oil and palm kernel oil. From their website – “Mountain Rose Herbs will only support Palm Fruit oil programs which adhere to strict environmental sustainability programs. As is our standard, the harvester and manufacturer of the Palm Fruit oil we offer adheres to highly detailed sustainable harvesting protocols with oversight from state and third party environmental programs including EcoSocial, and with the assistance of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.” You can also try using things like beeswax, cocoa butter and babassu oil for a harder bar. I have several palm free recipes on my blog, however, should you choose to not incorporate palm oil in your recipes.

  • Mia

    November 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Rebecca,
    Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe. I would like to give it a go but what is a “half-n-half”? I googled it but did not get any sensible answer. Please help. Thanks

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      It’s sold in stores as half and half with the dairy. It’s half cream and half milk.

  • Elena Vories

    November 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    So I just started making soap, and I wanted to know if I had to use the palm oil or if I could use more coconut oil or a different type of oil. Thanks!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      You’d want to sub with an oil with similar properties – palm oil makes for a hard bar – and run the new ingredients back through a lye calc.

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