(yields 6 small square hand soaps)

  • 10.5 oz melt-and-pour soap base
  • 5 mL lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 cup ground lavender buds (for mixing in to the soap)
  • 1/4 cup ground lavender buds (for sprinkling on top)
  • Mortar and pestle or food processor (optional)
  • Various containers for molds
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Microwave safe jug, or glass bowl and saucepan
  • Brown paper, rafia, other decorative paper to package (optional)
  • Printer to print out labels


  1. Melt the soap base by following the instructions on the packaging.
    • This usually involves melting the soap in a bowl suspended over boiling water, or heating in short bursts in the microwave (fast and effective for small amounts of soap). Once all the chunks of solid soap have melted remove your mixture from the heat.
  2. Stir in lavender essential oil, and ground lavender buds (if using).
  3. Pour your mixture into the mold.
  4. Working quickly, sprinkle your lavender buds over the surface of your soap and press down gently so that they secure in place.
  5. Once your soaps have set (refer to melt-and-pour packaging for advice on this, tip off any unstuck lavender from the surface of your soap.
  6. Loosen the mold and gently remove soap block.
  7. Cut your soap up into the desired size using a sharp knife.
  8. For the round soaps, gently peel away the paper casing.