Adventure #1/52: The Smell of Lavender
I love, love, love the scent of lavender. I even tried to grow it, but my Black Thumb is so much hardier than any plant. There was no question about the fragrance I would choose in my initial soap-making attempt.
The first – and possibly most challenging – step was to find the Martha Stewart Holiday magazine that I bought (okay, I admit it) 3 1/2 years ago. While looking for the instructions, I came across a recipe for limoncello. Umm…but I digress.
The needed supplies were already in a basement cabinet, purchased…well, you can probably figure that out; I’ve wanted to try this for a long time. The process was really quite simple: cut the amount of glycerin desired off the block, and then chop it up into tiny pieces. At first, I was going to melt it in a double boiler, but I had visions of future chocolate truffles tasting faintly of lavender bubbles, so I opted for the microwave. Not difficult.
Once the glycerin was liquefied, I added lavender essential oil, color, and oatmeal flakes that I had run through the food processor. (The last ingredient was my own idea. No dried lavender around, but I thought things needed a little texture.) I used plastic yogurt cups as my molds and let the soaps harden for a couple of hours. The result is shown below:
When it comes to “authentic” soap making, I cheated. There was no lye, no lard/vegetable shortening, no constant stirring involved. I have a book with “real” soap recipes on my shelf, and one day I’ll experiment with one of them. But for now, I have my pretty little pink (pink?!) rounds of lavender soap, and they smell delicious. I feel calmer already!