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Lavender Soap How-To

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2014

materials

  • 2 pounds goat’s-milk soap base

  • Lavender essential oil

  • Pink Himalayan salt

  • Silicone (or silicone-lined) loaf mold

  • Kraft paper

  • Twine

steps

  1. Cut soap base into chunks and place in a large heatproof-glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until smooth throughout. Mix in about 30 drops essential oil.

  2. Sprinkle salt in bottom of mold. Pour in about 1/2 inch melted soap and let sit 2 minutes. Then sprinkle with another thin layer of salt and let sit 5 minutes. Repeat, adding 1/2-inch layers, until you reach top of mold, then sprinkle another thin layer of salt on top. (For a slightly thicker layer, spritz with water and then sprinkle on more salt.) Let set several hours.

  3. Gently peel away sides of mold to release block of soap onto a cutting board. Using a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut soap into 1-inch-thick bars (if needed, heat blade over a burner to facilitate cutting). Wrap bars in kraft paper and tie with twine.

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