Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lavender-Basil Soap

For the past couple years I have hydroponically grown basil indoors during the winter months. 

I bake with it, put it in sandwiches, add it to omelets, and give plenty away. 

It is one of the easiest Herbs to grow indoors.

The one thing I never thought of using it for is SOAP! Not until I ran across Suzanne McMinn's blog, 'Chickens in the Road' ,did I have a 'Daaaaaa' moment! Why not Basil in soaps.....I have plenty of it!

So, that is where I am doing today! 

For my Lavender Basil Soap I used:

Coconut Oil
Cottonseed Oil
Olive Oil
Soybean Oil
Sunflower Oil
Lavender Essential Oil

I also wanted to put some color into this soap.
I infused the Sunflower Oil with some dried, crushed Basil and Kelp Powder. 
 (color of the oils)
I wanted a nice green color, but you never know the exact color it will end up to be  until it goes through the gel stage. 
I left the Kelp power and the crushed Basil leaves in the soap
for a specked look.

I put some Titanium Dioxide in some of the batter to get a whiter
color for the top of the soap.

Here is what it looks like before I cut it.
This is what it looked like cut.

As you can see, the green went to a very pale green.



  1. Those soaps look delicious! My friend makes soaps and sells them, and that's how I started enjoying the homemade soaps...they are soooo good! Today I ordered a book on soap making and will be making my own soap soon! Very excited about it. And I was looking for soap molds when I found your blog. Just LOVE how your soaps look. I like how you color your soap. Will follow your blog :).

    1. Hey Swati! Thanks so much for the compliment! You will absolutely love making soap. I started some years ago and got instantly hooked! If you have any questions let me know. I don't have all the answers, but I have some. :) And thanks for following me! Val