When I used my last bar of shaving soap up while travelling the UK, I didn’t realize how much I would miss shaving soap. The only major difference between shave soap and normal soap is a tablespoon of clay per pound of oils, but my, what a difference that tablespoon makes. It’s the difference between a smooth shave and some unpleasantly stinging razor burn. I also find the clay really helps clean hair when you use the bar as shampoo. So, I set off to whip up a massive batch of shave soap so I won’t run out again anytime soon.

My mother brought me some lavender and rosemary from her garden in British Columbia, so that was my starting point. I’ve found that the scent of lavender really ages beautifully, improving as it ages as opposed to just fading off into oblivion. I’ve also found shea butter soaps are exceptionally lovely, if only you can give them enough time to age and harden up so they don’t immediately turn to goo in your soap dish. Since I knew I was making a gigantic batch, lavender shea soap was a no-brainer as I knew most of the batch would get at least a year of aging time.

I settled on making 1.5kg of soap as that’s all my mold can hold. I used kaolin clay since it’s white, and a combination of shea butter and tallow for the hard oils. I bashed up the rosemary in my crafting coffee grinder, and off I went.

Lavender & Rosemary Soap

40% olive oil
30% coconut oil
10% shea butter
13% beef tallow
7% castor oil

30g essential oils of lavender & rosemary per 500g oils
Minced rosemary and lavender

1 tbsp clay per 500g oils

5% superfat/lye discount

Use SoapCalc to calculate your final amounts of oils, lye, and water based on the size of batch you want to make.

Follow my basic soap making instructions, adding the clay, essential oils, and herbs at trace.

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