One of the our favorite tricks for our DIY Soap Making Kits is to add dried lavender buds. If you want a textured side to the soap, just sprinkle the herbs across the top of the soaps before they completely cool. If you want to make soap that has an exfoliating effect, all you need to do is mix the dried herbs with your essential oils into the soap before you pour the hot liquid into the molds.
Our Favorite Herb and Soap Combinations:
Lavender and Cocoa Butter Soap
Rosemary and Aloe Vera Soap
Mint and Hemp Soap
Basil and Olive Oil Soap
Chamomile and Oatmeal Soap
Lemon Verbena and Honey Soap
Sage and Glycerin Soap
There are so many other herbs that make great ingredients for your homemade soaps.
Being a part of the Mint Family, Lamiaceae, Lavender is a another small shrub that gives off a pungent wonderful smell. English Lavender in particular is coveted for its sweet overtones, and Lavandin is popular for its strong camphor like fragrance.
Lavender also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and can also be used as a mosquito repellent. Lavandula angustifolia is the most cultivated species for culinary uses and lavender oils.
The subgenus Lavandula grows in the Mediterranean to Northern Africa and Arabia. Fabricia grows all over from the Atlantic to India. The Saubadia subgenus only grows in the Southwest Arabian Peninsula. With so many species able to withstand most climates, Lavender has been used all throughout history for perfumes, food, and medicine.
Instructions on How to Make Lavender Soap:
A big part of DIY is being creative and finding new ways to make things on your own!
The Grow and Make Team