Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Homemade Lavender Soap for Mothers Day Gift Giving

     Lavender: something good to know

Common lavender; English lavender; French lavender; Garden lavender. Many people appreciate lavender for its fragrance, used in soaps, shampoos, and sachets for scenting clothes. Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region. It was used in ancient Egypt as part of the process for mummifying bodies. Lavender's use as a bath additive originated in Persia, Greece, and Rome. The herb's name comes from the Latin lavare, which means "to wash.

In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help restless people fall sleep. Scientific evidence suggests that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders. Studies also suggest that massage with essential oils, particularly lavender, may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, better concentration, and reduced anxiety. In one recent study, people who received massage with lavender felt less anxious and more positive than those who received massage alone. Several small studies suggest that lavender aromatherapy may help reduce agitation in patients with dementia. Lavender flowers have also been approved in Germany as a tea for insomnia, restlessness, and nervous stomach irritations.{source and to learn more}

Ever since we can remember, we have always had Lavender in our garden. As children it was there and we loved it than as we do now as adults.

We adore Lavender. It is right up there with Rosemary and so many other of God's beautiful herbs and plants. The lavender above is from our garden. The beautiful purple and green together are striking. 

We are not alone in our love of Lavender. We found a sweet ladybug sunning itself and taking in the heavenly fragrance of the purple flower.

What would Lavender be without the Bee's that are attracted to it!  They are very protective of this Lavender in our garden. We have come to respect that. They are just doing what they were made to do.

To make Homemade Lavender Soap you will need: Soap base. We used what we had left over from our Spearmint Rosemary Soap. Lavender essential oil. Dried Lavender crushed {optional}. Fresh Lavender leaves. Soap mold {store bought or anything around the house that you would like to use as a mold that will not melt}.

How to make Lavender Soap: Follow directions on the soap base package. Basically, just melt in microwave on timed increments. Once melted, add in essential oil, 10 drops {or depending on personal preference} and Lavender leaves as many or few as you like. Stir. Pour in to clean dry molds. Allow to cool and set up undisturbed several hours.

Un- mold by pressing bottom of mold with your thumbs.

Here is our freshly made and un molded homemade Lavender Soap. We love how the Lavender leaves are suspended in the soap bar and look so organic.

Here is the underside of the Lavender soap bar. A little more rough looking than the top side, but that is homemade soap for you!

Sine we plan to give these as Mothers Day gifts, we wrapped them in plastic wrap. In this photo the wrap was a little loose, we did go back and tighten it by pulling it on tighter. We prefer to wrap our soap bard in plastic to keep them clean, dry and for presentation, although you certainly do not have to.

 We picked some Lavender to use as part of the packaging decoration. You really do not need much more to decorate a gift when you use something as naturally pretty as this.

                               A little satin purple ribbon to tie things up with.

There now. Just tie up your soap bars with some ribbon and insert the Lavender flower. Simply charming.

We can't really think of any mother who would be disappointed with receiving this as a Mothers Day gift.

Wouldn't these also make lovely favors for a bridal shower, baby shower or Church function.

Are you planning a Spa party or having guests stay over? How about  placing a beautiful Lavender soap bar on the guests pillow in stead of chocolate?

Although these were made for Mothers Day gifts, they can be used in many other pleasing ways as gifts and favors. 

Have we inspired you to take a walk through the Lavender fields of creativity and try your hand at some wonderful Lavender soap making?! Be inspired. Get creative!

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
Psalm 24:1

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  1. Love these...a pretty and functional gift!

  2. Oh how I love lavender!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  3. I love this idea but have no idea where to find real lavender before mother's day!

  4. Those look beautiful. I love the piece of lavender attached at the end with the ribbon, great finishing touch. I would love this for mother's day. Great tutorial.

    amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

  5. Found you on mom on timeout! I keep wanting to make my own soap but haven't done it yet. I might have to give it a try now!

    Amber @ recipeswelove.net

  6. These are so wonderful and what a great gift idea.

  7. This is a perfect mothers day gift idea!

    We'd love to see this at our Beautify it Monday link party open now!

    -Four Sisters

  8. This is such a cute idea for Mother's Day! Lavender smells soooo good! Thanks for coming to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

  9. This would make a great Teacher's Appreciation gift too! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!


  10. I am a huge fan of Lavender too. I live in Provence so use the finest French Lavender for all my accessories which you can find <a href="http://www.celialindsell.com/category.php?cid=7”>here</a>. I am hoping to add a lavender soap soon. Your post has encouraged fme!

  11. What a wonderful gift idea. They are so pretty! Thanks for linking up to Simply Sensational Tuesday. :)

  12. These turned out beautiful! From what you wrote, I think I should start using some lavender! :)