…that dates from my retirement trip to Provence several years ago. You see, I stood right here in the Sunday market in l’Ilse-sur-la-Sorgue, eyeing all of this wonderful soap, debating whether or not to stock up. It was only 13 euros for 10 bars…$1.50 each…but soap is heavy and I had limited space in my suitcase. Sooo…I walked away. I am still kicking myself because I could have mailed it! That soap is $7.50 a bar here if you can find it! Sheesh! And ever since then I have had a thing about French soap!
So I finally got up the nerve to try making my own and guess what? It’s super easy, waaay cheaper than the store-bought kind and smells heavenly, as Baby Kitty will tell you!
Here’s what you will need:
- Goats milk glycerin soap (I bought a 2 pound block for about $6.00 with a coupon at Michaels.)
- Lavender essential oil
- Lavender buds (Mine came from World Market on sale for $1.39 for a packet.)
- Coloring for the soap (if you wish)
- Heavy glass bowl for melting the soap
- Molds (I used clear plastic rectangular ones from Hobby Lobby and small heart-shaped tin tartlet pans that I had on hand.)
- Non-stick spray such as Pam
- Slice off as much soap as you plan to use. (I used one pound for my first try. It made 3 rectangular bars and 3 heart-shaped soaps.)
- Follow the directions on the soap to melt it in the microwave. Be sure not to overheat it!
- When it is completely melted, just stir in as many of the lavender buds as you wish and add coloring if you like. I followed the directions on the package as to the amount when I added the lavender essential oil.
- Pour it directly into the molds and let cool and harden. The tin tartlet pans first need a very light coating of non-stick spray.
- Once they have hardened, simply pull the molds back around the edges to release the soap. It may take several tries, but it will work!
And here’s how the bars turned out! I love them…so pretty! I’ve already tried out my soap and I have to say that it lathers beautifully and has such a wonderful scent, too!
And here’s a closer look at the heart-shaped soaps. Wouldn’t they make a great little gift?
They would also be perfect little guest soaps, too! I have plans to make more of these little guys with some of the other shapes from my collection of tin tartlet pans.
And if you love lavender like I do, you will also like my homemade lemon and lavender simmering potpourri…the perfect way to freshen the air in your home while we are shut indoors for winter!
I also like to grow my own lavender so I made a little vintage French planter box for just that purpose…and you’ll never guess what it’s made from! Yes…an old Clementine box! You’ll find a complete tutorial here, including the free graphic.
Here’s one last look! I hope you’ll try to make some soap of your own if you haven’t already…and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is!
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