Last night I made a pretty lavender and rosemary soap for gifts. The smell in my kitchen this morning is divine.
This really isn't difficult to make. First, start with about 6 unused bars of unscented bar soap. You can either grate by hand or use a food processor.
I chose lavender and rosemary, both from my garden. I also added lavender oil and extra virgin olive oil.
I placed the soap shavings, olive oil and water into a large Pyrex measuring cup and put into the boiling water.
Then remove from heat and immediately add coloring, chopped herbs and the scented oil for last.
(For the coloring, I used about 3 T of blueberries in a little water and placed in the blender and then strained the liquid through a cheese cloth. You can also use regular food coloring)
Pour immediately into molds (spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly into molds for easy removal) or wait till the mixture hardens a little and shape into round soaps. I remember my grandmother used to have these round soaps. You can also use muffin tins, little loaf pans, clam shells, etc. The plastic molds are easier to remove soaps.
Soap recipe: (adjust recipe more or less to your liking)
- 2 cups of grated soap
- 1/2 cup water
Add after the soap has melted:
- Oil from 6 vitamin E capsules or Olive oil
- 1 T rosemary
- 1 T Dried lavender buds
- 10 drops of lavender oil
I grow all kinds of flowers and herbs in my gardens and love giving little bouquets to friends and family throughout the growing season. Here is a little list of herbs and flowers and their meanings. For a more extensive list click here Flower Meanings - An A-Z Guide from Flower Society
Here is how you can make a little bouquet or "Tussie Mussie".
4 large lambs ears leaves with stems
6 scented geranium leaves
1 rose of your favorite scent or color
2 sprigs of rosemary
2-4 sprigs of mint "Don't worry of the small things"
By all those token flowers, that tell
What words can never speak so well.