Sunday

Make Lavender Liquid Hand Soap

Lavender Soap Bubbles
This season I'd like to add occasional tips about using herbs to make common household chores and activities more pleasant, eco-friendly or inexpensive. Over the years, I've tried lots of ways to incorporate herbs into my daily life. Some have worked and some . . . well, not so much. One thing I have learned is that herbs can make me feel that I lead a more graceful existence, whether I'm using them to make something time intensive, like a candle, or something easy, like adding fragrance to soap. This last is my offering today. I use liquid soap around the house via dispensers that I refill with 64 oz. bulk liquid soap from the market.

After using generic liquid hand soap for a while, I decided that it was gloppy and smelled bland. To get more value for the purchase and give it an individual stamp, I add around 30 percent distilled water to the mixture. This makes the soap less viscous and gives me more volume. When I'm adding the water, I put in about 25 drops of lavender essential oil. The oil smells wonderful and has relaxing properties too. I buy scentless soap, but on occasion I've used antibacterial varieties. Antibacterial soap typically doesn't have a fragrance, but it's a lurid orange that's hard to love. I put a few sprigs of lavender in the dispensers to liven them up too.

If you'd like to give this method a try, you can find lavender essential oil, or another herb fragrance you enjoy, like rose or geranium, at any craft supply outlet.

This is admittedly a small change, but put a few of them together and you'll be filling your life with the fragrances and textures of herbs year round. You'll also be saving money and making some eco-friendly choices that will keep your family, property and planet safer.

Special Note: A container of distilled water will last for months, and you can easily use it for other herb related projects.

12 comments:

  1. This caught my eye as I have dried lavender that I'm searching for uses for. Thanks for the inspiration :) You're a good writer :)

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  2. Mum in Bloom,

    Thanks. I appreciate that a lot.

    Sara

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  3. Great entry. I'm trying to figure out one thing though. Why distilled water? Are you trying to minimize the hard water's effect of not "Sudsing" up?

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  4. Hi Jonathan,

    I always recommend distilled water for projects because it's neutral and free of bacteria and sediment.

    Thanks for asking.

    Sara

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  5. Rock on girlfriend. Your Ideas always amaze me. I look forward to your articles.

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  6. Thanks Francine.

    People like you make blogging worthwhile.

    Sara

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  7. Hi Sara! I have a Lavender plant at home. Any tips on how to extract essential oil from the herb?

    Maybe it'll be good for potpourri too.

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  8. Hey Chris,

    I posted about making lavender oil a while back. You can find a simple recipe here: http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com/2009/06/make-lavender-oil.html

    It isn't essential oil because for that I'd need to be able to distill the lavender mixture, and I haven't ramped up to that yet.

    I do love to use lavender in potpourri and lavender wands though.

    Cheers,

    Sara

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  9. thanks for sharing this information...keep on going!!!

    Lavender Oil

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  10. Oh I am so happy I found your site! I have a fledgling lavender farm here in Northern California with about 100 plants. Thank you for all your great info and ideas! Betsy @ Broken Rake Lavender Farm

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  11. Thanks Betsy.

    Good luck growing wonderful, fragrant lavender!

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