December 7, 2011

First (Re) Batch: Layers of Lavender

It's rustic. It's earthy. It smells amazing!

Soap-making cherry is popped and several lessons learned:
1.       I love it and it's a great way to be creative—especially when I'm going through writers' block.
2.       It's really important to let soap get super-dry when re-batching and don't add too much water when you're melting.
3.       There's so many ways to get herbs into soap.
I think I might call this soap Layers of Lavender.
It contains: distilled water that was infused with lavender, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, olive oil (infused with lavender) and a tablespoon of castor oil added at trace. I also added lavender that I ground up with a pestle and mortar and a touch of cinnamon. It's scented with lavender, patchouli and bergamot essential oils during the re-batch.
Each layer was re-batched separately with more lavender water.
I didn't use a ton of essential oils, so the fragrance is subtle—which I like—you can actually smell the soap and the lavender itself—but I know a lot of people want their soap to be super fragrant, so will take that into consideration for future batches. Which will be coming up soon!