French Lavender Soap DIY with Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a French lavender soap, have you considered making your own? Making homemade soap is very easy to do. And, it’s a lot more affordable than buying French lavender soap from Provence from your favorite upscale department store.

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French Lavender Soap DIY with Essential Oils

French Lavender Soap

I fell in love with French lavender soap years ago when I found a few bars on clearance at TJ Maxx. Normally expensive toiletries are a splurge for me. And, I look for them on clearance. After they were gone, I found a few other French lavender hand soap products I enjoyed. But, I realized that it really is simple enough to make your own using essential oil.

So, what exactly is French lavender soap? There are two different types of lavender: French and English. Inside these two types of lavender, there are many different varieties that people grow. English lavender is the most common variety. English lavender has a much stronger scent and is most commonly used in bath product for that reason. French lavender has a much lighter scent and is more similar to rosemary. 

lavender in a basket

So, not to get too technical here. But, English lavender and French lavender are different plants so their essential oils are not the same. And, they do not have the same healing properties. English lavender is more commonly used for stress and menstrual cramps. And, French lavender is more commonly used for headaches and soothing skin conditions. You can learn more about which type of lavender essential oil is right for you in this post from the Herbal Academy.

French lavender soap from Provence

So, since Provence is a region in France, this specific type of soap I originally fell in love with came from a region in France that grew French lavender. L’Occinate is a very well known maker of French lavender soap. So, you can find it on Amazon if you don’t want to make your own soap.

French Lavender Soap DIY with Essential Oils

French lavender soap DIY

If you want to make your own soap, you will need French lavender essential oil which is NOT the same as your traditional lavender essential oil you may have used for other DIY projects. You can find it here. You will also need to have a soap mold of some sort. I really prefer melt and pour soap projects since they are so much easier than hot or cold process soap making. So, you will need the melt and pour soap base and a soap mold. You can also use soap colorant if you want pretty purple soap bars. But, that is completely optional.  So, here’s what you need to get started with this craft.

steps to make soap

Directions 

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  • Step 1. Put soap base in glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir very well. If not completely melted, put on for another 10 seconds.
  • Step 2. Stir liquid soap dye and essential oil into the bowl.
  • Step 3. Spoon mixture into the silicone mold.
  • Step 4. Let sit for about 30 minutes and remove from the mold.

sugar scrub cubes on a wood block

So, if you love making your own soap and beauty products, you might want to try making these soap recipes:

Pampering Bath Products: Easy DIY Lullaby Oil

Or, if you love the scent of lavender, you might want to try these Earl Grey and Lavender Bath Bombs. Or, check out this easy DIY Lullaby Oil to help you sleep at night. Lavender is a wonderful way to relax at night. But, remember that you should choose English lavender to relax with and not this French lavender soap. French lavender has an energizing effect on some people so it’s not a great choice for relaxing just in case.

Soap products to buy:

French Lavender Soap DIY with Essential Oils

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French Lavender Soap DIY with Essential Oils

French Lavender Soap DIY with Essential Oils

You will love the scent of this easy French Lavender Soap with essential oils.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $20

Materials

  • ¼ lb melt and pour soap base
  • 1 drop lavender liquid soap dye
  • 10 drops French Lavender Essential Oil
  • Small glass bowl
  • Wooden craft stick
  • Small silicone heart mold

Tools

  • microwave

Instructions

  1. Put soap base in glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir very well. If not completely melted, put on for another 10 seconds.
  2. Stir liquid soap dye and essential oil into the bowl.
  3. Spoon mixture into the silicone mold.
  4. Let sit for about 30 minutes and remove from the mold.

Notes

The soap colorant or dye is optional. You can add it if you want purple soap bars or leave it out.