Thinking of lavender soap as homemade gift this coming holidays? You're just in time because I've got a homemade lavender soap recipe with charcoal and mint. These bar soaps will be perfect as homemade gifts for your moms, sisters, and girlfriends. It's because everyone loves the calming aroma of lavender! What more when combined with the rejuvenating effect of mint and power of charcoal? Here's an amazing soap recipe that combines the benefits of the two wonderful scents – lavender and mint, plus the detoxifying effects of charcoal.
How To Make A Homemade Lavender Soap Recipe With Charcoal & Mint
A Perfect Homemade Gift For Your Girlfriends
I'm very excited about this project. It's really simple, but the product is immensely satisfying! In this project, we will be trying out the dancing funnel technique. This was invented by Tatsiana Serko of Creative Soap by Steso and Jelena Vasiljeva of Soap Techniques. The dancing funnel technique is created using squeeze bottles and a slab mold. Thus, it requires a very fluid soap batter. You know me, even at my age, I do love to try new things. But before we jump in, here's a quick refresher on making scented bar soap: Soap Making Basics: How to Make Scented Bar Soap.
My first batch was just a so, so. But when I got comfortable with the technique, I soooo love how it turns out. The color variations are just too perfect! It is now a beautiful display in my guest bathroom. I'll be making more in preparation for the upcoming holiday, it's my little big surprise for my family and friends. Make it yours' too!
Let's get started with our homemade lavender recipe with charcoal and mint.
Homemade Lavender Soap With Charcoal and Mint Ingredients :
Essential Oil blend :
Activated charcoal mixed in sunflower oil – approximately 1 tsp per cup of soap.
What you’ll need:
- Hand Blender
- Mixing Bowl
- Squeeze Bottles
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How to make Homemade Lavender Soap With Charcoal and Mint:
Preparing The Soap Batter:
Step 1: Add Oils and Lye Solution
Add lye solution to the melted oils, which are both at around 85oF. Mix well. This process is known as the cold process soap, which involves mixing oils and lye solution to begin a chemical reaction known as saponification.
Step 2: Emulsify the mixture
Emulsify the mixture using a hand blender and a spoon.
Step 3: Add the essential oils
Add lavender and peppermint essential oils. Mix well.
Step 4: Use Squeeze bottle
Set aside half of the mixture in a squeeze bottle.
Step 5: Add Charcoal + Sunflower Oil
Add activated charcoal to sunflower oil in the remaining half of the mixture. Mix well.
Step 6: Set Aside The Charcoal Mixture
Put the mixture into another squeeze bottle.
Step 7: Create a soap outline
Create a soap outline in the slab mold.
Step 8: Add another color
Fill the outline circles with another color. In this recipe, that's the soap batter with activated charcoal in sunflower oil.
Step 9: Repeat the process
Repeat step 7 and 8, by placing each layer between the circles in the previous layer of soap.
Step 10: Last Layer
If you prefer, you can use a slightly darker shade charcoal for the last layer.
Step 11: Let the mixture sit
Let it sit for 24 hours or until mixture turns solid. You can cover it with a towel to keep the heat in.
Step 12: Cut the bar soap
Remove from mold and cut it into your desired shape and size.
Isn't the dancing funnel technique super cool? Once you get used to it, the only thing you need to decide on is the colors. Imagine the fun once you're able to apply a random approach for your colors. I'm really itching to do it now, it's perfect for the upcoming holiday. A masterpiece waiting to unfold!
Want to see how to make Lavender Soap With Charcoal and Mint. Watch this easy video tutorial from Kapia Mera Soap Co:
Wasn't that fun and easy? What I find great about this project is it lets you express yourself. You can experiment in the oil blends, adjust the colors, and make different shapes. Imagine the endless possibilities, so don’t forget to explore and have fun with it!
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Will you try to make this homemade lavender soap recipe? I'm dying to know. Let me know in the comments section below.