One of my resolutions at the start of this year was to use less plastic in my home and life. After one of my children did a report on single-use plastics and informed me that plastic will never biodegrade in our lifetime, I’ve been trying to get it out of my house as much as I possibly can. Of course, this starts in the bathroom as many of our beauty products come in single-use plastic containers. To combat this, I have started making my own DIY lavender soap. It’s surprisingly super simple. Check out my tutorial below for more!
Here is what you will need for your DIY Lavender Soap:
– 6 ounces of palm oil
– 10 ounces of coconut oil
-1 ounce cocoa butter
-10 ounces olive oil
– 1 ounce castor oil
– 3 ounces sunflower oil
– 4 ounces of lye
– 11 ounces of water
– 2 tablespoons lavender buds (should be finely ground. You can also use lavender spice)
– 6 drops orange oil
l- 4 drops patchouli oil
– 8 drops lavender oil
To begin, pour your water into a bowl and slowly add the lye, mixing well as you do so. Mix well until the lye mixture has fully dissolved. It will heat up as it dissolves, and this is totally normal. When the mixture has dissolved, cover it and let sit while you move on to the next step.
While the lye mixture is sitting, mix all oils (including cooking oils AND essential oils) into a small bowl. Whisk a few times so that you can ensure all of the oils and other soap additives are mixed well with one another.
When the oils are mixed, place them in a small saucepan over medium heat, mixing well as you do so. As soon as the mixture hits about 110 degrees, remove it from the heat, and bring the temperature down to 100 degrees. After the mixture has cooled, slowly mix the lye soap in with the mixture. When it has begun to turn cloudy, turn on your immersion blender in bursts of 3-5 seconds to mix it even more.