One of my favorite summer rituals is heralding the arrival of lavender season with 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 and 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, peeking out from a straw hat to take in the countryside. While I wistfully await the day when I can purchase that plane ticket to the south of France, I'll be making every lavender DIY project I can get my hands on.
Since lavender lends itself so well to natural beauty, I thought I'd channel my inner perfumier and try my hand at making lavender hand soap. After all, while I may not be able to gaze out my kitchen window and see the rolling hills of Provence, I'm a firm believer that the scent of my kitchen can take me there.
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 already have at home.
If you're like me, and you often run out of hand soap at the most inopportune times—say when the guests arrive, or you've just come in from the garden—then you'll want to pin this for later.
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4 More Ways to Make Your Own Hand Soap
If you're concerned that too much hand washing will dry out your hands, opt for natural, homemade hand soaps. They will change your life! They're moisturizing, they smell good, and can even be a fun option for kids (hello, foaming soap!). Not to mention they're easy to mix and much more affordable in the long term.
Cold weather is hard on skin, especially our hands. That's why a non-drying, natural hand soap is a must in the bathroom and kitchen. This one is made with germ-fighting Castile soap, moisturizing coconut oil, and freshly scented essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus.
Honey is a natural antimicrobial and humectant [source], attracting moisture from the air, and the almond oil nicely counteracts the drying effects of soap. Combining them results in a wonderful foaming hand soap, which clearly makes hand washing more fun (yes, and that includes the kids!)
A germ-fighting hand soap is the first step toward keeping colds and the flu at a distance. We're always making this recipe come fall—it's packed with antiseptic essential oils! The lemongrass and ginger essential oils combined with green tea smells lovely and fresh, and the sweet almond oil prevents your skin from drying out with the winter chill.
Since it's an excellent exfoliant that removes dead skin cells along with extracting dirt and grime, charcoal soap can also be used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Opt for this recipe if you have sensitive skin but also if you're looking to keep germs at bay during the flu season.
DIY Lavender-Infused Hand Soap
- Medium-sized bowl
- Refillable soap dispenser
- Measure out your Castile soap and mix with water (and aloe vera gel, if using) in a medium bowl.
- Pour the mixture into your soap dispenser and add lavender essential oil.
- Add sweet almond oil to the mixture, and gently shake to combine. Enjoy!
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.576