DIY Lavender Soap Wedding Favor Gifts

January 22, 2020 Williamsburg, Virginia

We love practical and pretty wedding favors, especially when handmade and eco-conscious! So when thinking of our next DIY project, we wanted to be inspired by local and by what can be universally loved by wedding guests. With locally-sourced lavender buds from Hampton Roads' only lavender farm Sweethaven Lavender, easy step-by-steps, and the Japanese gift wrapping concept of furoshiki, you can give the gift of relaxation and something special for your guests to take home and actually use.

How to make easy lavender soap wedding favors with shea butter

How to Make Lavender Soap Wedding Favors

Difficulty Level: Easy
Color Inspiration: Sage green, lavender purple, and white

• 1 pound "melt and pour" white shea butter soap base
• 2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
• 2 teaspoons (or 15-20 drops) of cosmetic grade lavender essential oil
Silicone mold for loaf soap and metal scraper kit
• Large cooking pot
Heat-safe glass bowl
• 91% (or higher) isopropyl alcohol
Spray bottle
Food grade cheesecloth (your choice of dyed or natural)
• Dried eucalyptus for decoration

Lavender can be sourced from anywhere it seems, but we try to support local when we can, so we were so excited to find out that Sweethaven Lavender recently opened in Williamsburg where you can pick your own lavender and purchase lavender-inspired goodies. Lavender fields in Virginia tend to bloom in May and June, so mark your calendars for this! It comes and goes quite quickly depending on the hot weather we get!

Materials for making easy lavender soap wedding favors

1. Set out all of your materials for each step. Once you start melting your soap, it'll be a quick process with heat and setting. Decide whether or not you want to melt your soap with the microwave or by double boiler-like on the stove setup. (We used double boiling (also known as bain-marie or heated bath) for more control/gentle melting. This involves a large glass bowl in a cooking pot filled with water.) Each method would need a high-heat friendly bowl like Pyrex.

Making lavender soap wedding favors with melt and pour shea butter soap base

2. With your scraper or knife, cut your 1 pound block of soap base into 1"-2" cubes for easy melting.

Making lavender soap wedding favors with melt and pour shea butter soap base

3. Melt the soap chunks on the stove or in the microwave. For the microwave, melt in 20 second intervals, stirring between each interval to break up large chunks and distribute the heat.

How to make easy DIY lavender soap wedding favors using locally picked lavender in Virginia
Using lavender essential oil for shea butter soapmaking

4. Once your soap is completely melted into liquid, stir in the lavender essential oil and dried lavender buds. Leave a scoop of lavender buds to the side if you want to sprinkle them on top of your soap loaf.

Ways to make shea butter soap with dried lavender buds
Ways to make shea butter soap with dried lavender buds

5. Gently pour into your soap mold leveling as needed. Sprinkle some dried lavender buds on top and then spray with isopropyl alcohol to prevent bubbles forming on the top. Allow to cool and fully harden; this may take at least 4 hours or overnight depending on your mold and house temperature.

Making lavender soap wedding favors with melt and pour shea butter soap base
Making lavender soap wedding favors with melt and pour shea butter soap base

6. Once hardened, remove your soap from your mold. Using your scraper or knife again, cut the soap into your desired thickness for your favors (small is good!). For storing, cover in plastic wrap to help preserve and protect it until you are ready to wrap them up as wedding favors in your choice of fabric or bag.

7. Not only eco-friendly and reusable, fabric gift wrapping is a beautiful way to give your wedding favors. The Japanese concept of furoshiki is a timeless ancient art form that anyone can do! There are countless YouTube videos and articles out there, but essentially you are tying your gift in lovely fabric (or cheesecloth in our case). After wrapping, decorate with a sprig of greenery for a pretty finishing touch.

Lavender soap wedding favors for an easy DIY project
Beautiful and easy soap wedding favors using Virginia dried lavender buds
How to wrap DIY lavender soap wedding favors with furoshiki method
Lavender soap wedding favors for an easy DIY project

Tutorial Photography & Styling: Chelsea LaVere

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