Lavender French Milled Soap

excuse the Calif surfer lingo…

I think I FINALLY got the hang of making hand milled (or French Milled ) soap as shown in Marie Browning’sNATURAL SOAPMAKING book. (Or check out these links: Hand-milled Soap orShredded Soap For Handmilling.) For a while I had a hard time getting an even, not lumpy consistency… but I think I got it, by George, I think I got it!

The past month I’ve been purchasing supplies such as soap base, butters, carrier oils and essential oils to start getting serious with this soap making venture.

Also, I am so glad I foundWOODLAND HERBALS! She (Brenda) offers all natural herbal colorants and soap supplies and bases at a very good price. Not to mention she’s been a great help with advice and tips. The lavender oatmeal soap in the picture has been colored with powdered alkanet which gives it a lovely lavender color. Now, I can starting using all the wonderful herbs we have growing in the yard…lavender, lemon verbena, rosemary and mints.
Weather Report: Sunny and pleasant… still no rain in sight. 🙁

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the links. I now have 13 bars of soap curing on my kitchen counter. I used what I had to “flavour” them. I like to experiment and its soap- How badly wrong could flavouring it go? The first batch I made is oatmeal lavendar and the second gritty honey (grits come from cornmeal.)

    • Anais says:

      @Stephanie: Nice, sounds lovely. I love homemade soaps, so fun to make and experiment with

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