One of my favorite summer rituals is heralding the arrival of lavender season with a childlike glee. Since we’re lucky enough to live close to a few lavender farms, I make a point to visit during their blooming season from June to September.
Standing in a lavender field – watching the rolling waves of purple blooms sway in the breeze, their scent perfuming the air – it’s hard not to imagine oneself in Provence, peaking out from your straw hat to take in the countryside. While I wait wistfully for the days when I can purchase that plane ticket to the south of France, I’ll be making every DIY lavender project I can get my hands on.
Since lavender lends itself so well to natural beauty, I thought I’d channel my inner perfumer and try my hand at some DIY lavender hand soap. After all, while I may not be able to gaze out my kitchen window and seeing the rolling hills of Provence, I’m a firm believer that my kitchen can still smell like I can.
From a practical point of view, one of the things I like best about this recipe is its simplicity. Four ingredients are all you need – most of which you probably have at home. If you’re like me and you often run out of hand soap at the most inopportune times – say when company is coming, or you’ve just come in from the garden – then you’ll want to pin this for later.
- 1 cup castille soap - we used Dr. Bronner's Lavender Castille Soap
- 1 cup filtered water
- 25 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil - you can also use olive oil instead
- Measure out your castille soap and mix with water.
- Pour the soap mixture into your soap dispenser add lavender essential oil
- Add sweet almond oil to the mixture and shake to combine. Enjoy!