Natural Homemade Lavender Milk Soap Recipe

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Natural Homemade Lavender Milk Soap RecipeMake your own natural homemade milk soaps with my new homemade lavender milk soap recipe! This homemade lavender milk soap recipe contains lavender essential oil for it’s relaxing aromatherapeutic properties. It also formulated for those prone to dry skin so it contains moisturizing Argan and apricot kernel oils in addition to organic cow’s milk.

I used Horizon Organic Milk for this particular soap recipe since it’s shelf stable for extended periods of time. My local Kroger generally has these on sale 1 for $10. (I’m not a huge milk drinker. I generally keep half and half for coffee and not much else so buying these makes sense for me. Of course there’s always the option to sub with half and half!)

I then topped my homemade lavender milk soaps with lavender blossoms and roses to add visual interest. You can of course omit the botanicals, but if you choose to add them be sure to turn your soap loaf upside down when you go to cut it into bars. This will keep the flowers where they belong and won’t cause drag lines down the sides of each bar as you cut them.

Another tip, opt for lavender 40-42 essential oil if you’re on a tighter budget. It costs less than both Bulgarian and Spike Lavender essential oils but still smells great in homemade soap.

Natural Homemade Lavender Milk Soap Recipe

You can find my palm free cold process homemade lavender milk soap recipe in the new August 2014 issue of Wholesale Supplies Plus’ eHandmade Magazine. Just skip ahead to page 21 for the recipe and directions.

For more of my homemade soap recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and also be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest! Or check out my past submissions to eHandmade Magazine: Honey, Oatmeal & Banana Soap Recipe (July 2014), Stars Forever Homemade Soap Recipe (June 2014), DIY Sunburn Relief Rescue Soap Recipe (May 2014), Honeysuckle & Rose Homemade Soap Recipe for Mother’s Day (April 2014), Spring Inspired Bamboo Scented Homemade Soap Recipe (March 2014), Deodorizing Cedarwood & Baking Soda Homemade Soap Recipe for Men (February 2014), Silk & Rose Clay Heart Shaped Soap Recipe (January 2014), Handmade Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap Recipe for Men (December 2013), and my Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soap Recipe (November 2013.)

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea for Natural Lavender Sea Salt Soap

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This natural no-lye lavender sea salt soap recipe makes a lovely homemade Valentine's Day gift.

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away. So if you’re planning on making homemade Valentine’s Day gifts, now is the time to start getting your craft on! Here’s my latest DIY bath and body project for making your own natural handmilled lavender sea salt soap!

Natural Handmilled Lavender Sea Salt Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:

Four bars of natural or handmade unscented soap (weighing 4-4.5oz. each)
12 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons Dead Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Himalayan Pink Salt
1 teaspoon Hemp Seed Oil
1 teaspoon Shea Butter
1 teaspoon Cocoa Butter
1 Tablespoon Lavender Essential Oil
1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
Organic Lavender Flowers (optional)

Supplies:

Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan (Also used in my DIY Solid Sugar Scrub Heart Recipe and Handmade Valentine’s Day Soap Recipe)
A medium pot
Spatula or Spoon
Tablespoon and teaspoon measurements
Large Bowl
Cheese Grater
Plastic Cling Wrap
Pretty Packaging (waxed paper, washi tape, baker’s twine)

Instructions:

Use your favorite scented or unscented soap bars for this recipe or collect at least 1lb. of leftover soap slivers. If you are using scented soaps, adding a fragrance at the end is completely optional. Though you can compliment the existing fragrance by adding a complimentary essential oil.

Start by grating your soap bars into a large bowl using a cheese grater. Then take your grated soap and transfer it into a medium pot – you may have to press the soap down a bit to get it to fit. Now place the pot on the stove and add 12 level Tablespoons of milk. Turn the heat on the stove between medium and medium-low and stir the soap and milk mixture occasionally so it does not burn. Once the soap starts to melt stir in the shea and cocoa butters. (You can see photographs of the step by step process for handmilling soap here.)

This Easy Homemade Lavender Sea Salt Soap Recipe is perfect for DIY Valentine's Day gifts and requires no lye since it's made by rebatching or handmilling existing soap bars.

Once the soap has fully melted, stir in the hemp seed oil, salts and essential oils. Mix well and remove from heat. Then spoon the melted soap mixture into the mold. This recipe should fill all six heart shaped cavities of the mold. Press the soap into the mold as firmly as possible. It helps if you also sprinkle just a bit of additional salt on top of the soap in the molds as it will allow you to press the soap more firmly into the mold without pulling it back out with your utensil. (As shown in the above photo of the bottom of this soap once removed from the mold.)

For quick release of your soaps, place your soap filled mold into the freezer for 30-45 minutes until hardened through. Once you remove the mold from the freezer, slowly pop out your hearts onto a baking sheet or tray, then set aside for several days until they have dried completely and are no longer soft. At this point you are ready to wrap your soaps for gift giving!

This Easy Homemade Lavender Sea Salt Soap Recipe is perfect for DIY Valentine's Day gifts and requires no lye since it's made by rebatching or handmilling existing soap bars.

I wrapped my soaps tightly in plastic cling film by first placing a small amount of lavender flowers – for aesthetic reasons – onto a square of plastic wrap. I then placed the top of the soap bar down on top of the lavender and then wrapped the plastic cling wrap tightly around the soap bar. Next, I labeled the bottom of the soap with a handmade, heart shaped label I made.

This Easy Homemade Lavender Sea Salt Recipe is perfect for DIY Valentine's Day gifts and requires no lye since it's made by rebatching or handmilling existing soap bars.

Finally I gift wrapped each bar of soap I had made. I did this by wrapping a strip of waxed paper around the soap bar and fastening with a strip of decorative washi tape.

This Easy Homemade Lavender Sea Salt Soap Recipe is perfect for DIY Valentine's Day gifts and requires no lye since it's made by rebatching or handmilling existing soap bars.

I then wrapped baker’s twine around the bar – adhering the first wrap of baker’s twine around the soap to the top of the bar with a small square of washi tape – then tying the second wrap around into a simple bow! Once you have labeled and/or wrapped all of your soap they are ready for gift giving!

Want more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Then be sure to visit my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest!

Lavender and Cream Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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.