Bathroom beauties

Soaps make fabulous home-made gifts. Easy to personalise with petals and essential oils, you only need a few basic ingredients to get you started.

You will need:

  • ½ a teacup of dried lavender buds
  • pestle and mortar or food processor
  • 650g goats milk soap base, chopped into small pieces
  • heatproof bowl
  • saucepan
  • metal spoon
  • small measuring beaker
  • 15ml (3 tsp) lavender essential oil
  • Tupperware container (approx. 12.5 x 18cm/5 x 7in)
  • Metal scraper or knife

Step by Step:

craft 1

1) To make the lavender soap divide the lavender buds into two equal portions. Finely grind one of the portions using a pestle and mortar or a food processor. Set aside.


craft 2

2) Place the soap pieces in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and heat gently, stirring occasionally with a metal spoon until the soap has melted. Remove from the heat.



craft 3

3) Add the essential oil and ground lavender and stir constantly for 1-2 minutes. This will help the lavender to remain evenly suspended in the soap. Allow the soap to cool slightly without setting.


craft 4

4) Pour the mixture into the container. Before the soap starts to form a skin, sprinkle over the unground lavender buds and press gently with your fingers to help them adhere to the surface.


craft 5

5) Allow to set for several hours before unmoulding and slicing into smaller blocks.



This project is taken from Craft, published by Dorling Kindersley, £25

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