Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Homemade Soap Recipe

Lavender Charcoal Soap is the perfect blend of a few of my favorite things. Charcoal is terrific for oily skin, with the ability to pull both oil and dirt from pores.   Because the charcoal can be drying for some skin types, I’ve chosen to add a bit of shea butter to a goat milk base,  to help balance this bar.

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Recipe


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2 1/2 pounds of white Goat Milk Melt & Pour Soap.  I chose goat milk melt and pour soap for it’s extra skin softening abilities.

Activated Charcoal.  I prefer to use the capsules.  I have a fear of an open bag of charcoal being overturned somewhere in my house.  (shiver) But if you rather go with the loose stuff, I like this brand.

Young Living Lavender Essential Oils  I choose to use only Young Living Essential Oils.  You can go here to learn more about my favorite oils! 

Shea Butter (optional)  I chose refine shea butter because unrefined comes with a scent that is hard to cover.

Silicone Soap Mold

Small Spray Bottle of Alcohol

Heat-safe glass measuring cup

Thermometer (optional)

Scale (optional)

Ingredients To Make Lavender Charcoal Soap

Let’s Get Started Making Lavender Charcoal Soap!

Set aside 2 pounds of the goat milk melt and pour soap.

Cut 1/2 pound of the goat milk melt and pour soap into 1/2 inch cubes and place in heat safe glass measuring cup.

Melt the 1/2 pound of melt and pour and  1/4 teaspoon shea butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until soap is completely melted.

Allow to cool for a minute and then add 5-10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Make Your Own DIY Lavender Charcoal Soap

Slowly add in 5 capsules of charcoal(opening each capsule and adding the charcoal, and disposing of the actual capsule)  and stir until it is entirely incorporated into the soap.  The soap should be black.  If it isn’t dark enough for your liking, add in another capsule.

Pour this now melted black soap into two of your soap molds in different thicknesses. (You can put it back in the microwave for a few seconds if it’s set up too much.)  Spritz with alcohol to get rid of the bubbles.  Allow to set up and dry.

Lavender Charcoal Soap

Pop out the soap and then cut it into different sizes of rectangles and squares.  You’ll need to make sure that your sizes fit into your molds.

You can use a small kitchen knife to free hand the heart inside of your square, or you can use a fondant cutter in the shape of a heart.

Give Your Black Soap Shapes Time To Dry

I  recommend allowing your shapes to dry for at least a few hours to over night before continuing on with the recipe.  This will help your black shapes not to melt into your melted white base.  However,  if you are in a hurry, we can proceed now.

Creating The Soap Design For Your Lavender Charcoal Soap

Place your black shapes into each mold in the design of your choosing.  Having some shapes placed horizontally  and some shapes  vertically (going UP the sides of your mold)  will give more visual interest to your soap.

Press the shapes in so that no air is between the shape and your mold.

Melt The 2 Pounds Of Melt And Pour Soap You Set Aside


Take the 2 pounds of goat milk soap and cut it into half inch cubes.  Add 1 teaspoons of shea butter.   Microwave in 30 second bursts, stir, and repeat until your base is melted.  Allow your soap to cool for a minute and then add in 25 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Pay Attention To The Temperature Of Your White Soap

Pouring HOT white soap over your black shapes will melt your black soap pieces.

You’ll need to pour the soap at a temperature that won’t melt your black soap.  That means your white soap needs to be about 125-130 degrees, or liquid enough to pour, but not hot enough to melt.

If your soap is too hot to put your finger in, it’s too hot to pour.  If you soap is lumpy when you go to pour it, it has set too long.

Pour ONLY enough soap to cover the bottom of the mold, but NOT the shapes of your charcoal lavender soap.   Basically, you don’t want to be able to see the bottom of the mold.

Lavender Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap

Then, press down the black pieces to create a seal so that as you continue to pour, the white soap doesn’t flow under you black pieces.

Next, spritz your soap with a bit of alcohol to remove any bubbles, and continue to fill your mold with your white goat milk soap.  Fill it to the top of your mold, because as your soap sets, it will shrink down some.

Allow to completely set up and become hard before popping your Lavender Charcoal Soap out of the mold!

Charcoal Lavender Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap DIY Recipe

Ta-Da!  You’ve Made Lavender Charcoal Soap!

To celebrate your success, why don’t you draw up and warm bath and take your soap for a test drive!

Getting Started With Young Living Essential Oils

If you are looking to get started with essential oils you can purchase a Young Living Premium Starter kit that includes the Lavender Essential Oil I used in making my Lavender Charcoal Soap.   You can learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and my Top Ten Essential Oils for Preppers here.

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Frugal Laundry Hacks: Wool Dryer Balls

Laundry can be the bane of a Mom’s existence.  No sooner than you think you’ve got it all caught up, the piles have reproduced.  Again.  I’ve been looking for frugal laundry hacks to reduce the cost of doing laundry, as well as the time involved in getting clothes clean.  As an added bonus, I’ve been able to reduce my family’s exposure to chemical laden dryer sheets.  Pretty important considering my youngest son’s complex medical considerations.

Frugal Laundry Hacks with Young Living Essentail Oils

What Is A Wool Dryer Ball?

*this post contains affiliate links: Wool dryer balls are balls of wool that have been ‘felted’.  The woolen balls have had their fibers disrupted, usually by being placed in hot water, agitated, and then dried.   I use and prefer these.

How Do Wool Dryer Balls Work?

Wool dryer balls work by separating clothes so that warm air circulates better.  The felted wool gently rubs against garment fibers, softening clothes naturally.  They fluff by separating clothes that would otherwise clump together.  This is especially helpful when doing comforters, towels and heavy jeans.

Save Time and Money

Wool dryer balls allow clothes to dry faster, thus reducing your energy costs, and time between loads.
It costs approximately 45 cents to dry a load of laundry in an electric dryer, based on a 5,600-watt dryer, 40-minute run-time, and a 12-cent-per-​kilowatt-hour rate.  And that is just ONE load!  Wool dryer balls can cut that time by as much as 20%, simply by improving the air flow in your dryer.

 Reusable Frugal Laundry Hacks

A dryer sheet is meant to be used once and tossed.  Wool dryer balls can be used for a 1,000+ loads!    These are the brand I use and love.

Frugal Laundry Hacks: Wool Dryer Balls

Are These Safe For Cloth Diapers?

Yes!  Dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener leave a coating of chemicals behind on your items.  This is how you get that soft feeling.  Unfortunately, that thin coating affects how absorbent the cloth diapers will be.  The same holds true for towels.

I Want My Clothes To Smell Good.

The best part of my frugal laundry hacks is that it’s easy to custom create scents for each load of laundry! NATURAL scents with essential oils.

Frugal Laundry Hacks with Young Living Essentail Oils

Here are a few of my favorites!  Add each oil to a separate wool dryer ball.  Use 4 dryer balls for a medium load.  6 wool dryer balls for larger loads.  Put 4-5 drops of an essential oil on each dryer ball. You can usually get 3-4 loads of of laundry out of the dryer ball before you need to add more essential oil.

Stress Away + Peppermint
Purification + Lemon
Lemon + Peppermint
Lavender + Lemon + Peppermint
Thieves + Peppermint

Man, I could go on forever here.  But I think you get the idea, be creative and come up with your OWN best laundry day scents!  Can you imagine a laundry day that makes you feel good because of the uplifting blends you are using?

Of course, I’ve made the choice to use Young Living Essential Oils in my home.  I’m amazed at all I received in my Young Living Premium Starter Kit!

More Frugal Laundry Hacks

1. Make sure your laundry loads are full.  The less you run your washer and dryer the more money you save.

2. Save energy and money by washing more loads in cold water.

3. Try using half of your regular laundry detergent. Changes are you won’t be able to tell a difference.

4. Empty your dryer lint trap after every load.  Clean the outside dryer vent a few times a year.

5. Do your laundry at night when electricity providers often offer cheaper rates.

6. Take your laundry out of the dryer before it is completely dry, and allow it to hang dry the rest of the way.

Pro Tip:  Looking for more ways to hack your life easier?  You’ll want to read our posts here and here. 

Essential Oils for Prepping: The Top 10

We are living in uncertain times, where the ability to be self reliant could be the difference between living well, and merely existing.  For example, who knows what will ultimately happen to our ability to access health care?  To that end, I’m sharing with you the 10 Top Essential Oils for Prepping.

Top 10 Essential Oils For Prepping

Compliance And Essential Oils For Prepping

Unfortunately, because of regulations, I’m not able to share with you everything each oil can do to benefit your family.  It’s my hope what I can share will provide you the inspiration needed to begin learning more about essential oils for prepping.  In addition, it is  my firm belief that essential oils can help your family be better prepared for an uncertain future.

Young Living Vitality Oils

Perfect for adding flavor to your favorite foods or using as dietary supplements, the Vitality line of dietary essential oils gives you the freedom to share and explore some of our best-loved essential oils in a variety of nutritious and delicious ways. Discover Vitality—for food, for family, for life!* -Young Living 

Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Essential OIls for Prepping: Lemon Vitality

• Provides an invigorating citrus flavor
• Has antioxidant properties*
• Supports the immune system*
• Provides circulatory support*
• Contains cleansing properties*

-Young Living


Copaiba Vitality Essential Oil

Essential OIls For Prepping: Copaiba


Steam distilled from the gum resin of the Brazilian copaiba tree, Copaiba Vitality essential oil has a robust,earthy flavor with notes of honey.

When taken internally, Copaiba can promote overall wellness and may be an important part of a daily health regimen.*  -Young Living


DiGize Vitality Essential Oil

Essential Oils for Prepping: DiGize

Use DiGize Vitality essential oil to help you enjoy each and every meal! This proprietary blend of Young Living essential oils is a great mealtime companion and addition to your wellness regimen. *  -Young Living


Thieves Vitality Essential Oil

Essential Oils For Survival: Thieves

With Young Living’s Thieves Vitality essential oil you can support overall wellness and a healthy immune system* with just a few drops. Additionally, Thieves Vitality may also help support a healthy respiratory system when taken internally*. -Young Living

Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Peppermint Vitality essential oil (Mentha piperita) has a bright, cool flavor, with benefits that include gastrointestinal comfort and normal digestion support, in addition to its great taste. Therefore, as a dietary supplement, Peppermint Vitality oil can support healthy gut function and digestive efficiency.* –Young Living

Peppermint is my personal favorite of the Top 10 Essential Oils for Prepping.


Young Living Essential Oils

Experience singular notes of pure bliss.  As a result, these powerful essential oils, lovingly harvested from farm-grown plants and herbs, bring out the very best in you each and every day.

Lavender Essential Oil

Essential Oils For Prepping: Lavender


Because of it’s versatility, Lavender is a favorite of the essential oils for prepping. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your preparedness lifestyle.

In addition, Lavender essential oil is thought to:

  • Promote feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension*
  • Have balancing properties that calm the mind and body *(because the end of the world is going to be stressful, people) Lavender is a Top 10 Essential Oil for Preppers.
  • Cleanse and soothe minor skin irritations*
  • Be soothing to the skin after a day in the sun*
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes*

 -Young Living


Frankincense Essential Oil

Young Living Frankincense Essentil Oil is a Top 10 Essential Oil for Prepping

Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts. When you seek purpose or engage in prayer or meditation, use this oil to enhance your experience. –Young Living

Frankincense could be a good oil to help increase our focus during times of upheaval.

The TOP TEN Essential Oils for Preppers, Suvivialists, and Every Day Families


Young Living Essential Oil Blends

Invigorate your senses and transform your day with essential oil blends carefully crafted by D. Gary Young with you in mind. -Young Living

Purification Essential Oil

Young Living Purification Essential Oils for Prepping

Much as I hate to remind you, emergencies can bring smells.  Because these smells won’t be pleasant, I include Purification to our list of the Top 10 Essential Oils for Prepping.

Place a few drops of Purification on cotton balls and stash them wherever necessary.  As a result your living space will smell clean and fresh.  Create an on-the go air freshener with a spray bottle, distilled water, and Purification.  Keep it in your bag to freshen up public restrooms, work places, etc.

PanAway Essential Oil

Panaway is an essential oil for prepping.

Popular PanAway® oil uses include applying it to tired muscles after exercise, or to the neck and back any time of day to enjoy its soothing and stimulating aroma. YoungLiving

Seems like Panaway is the perfect oil to reach for after a long day of Zombie hunting, making this one of our essential oils for prepping.


R.C. Essential Oil Blend

Young Living R.C. Essential Oil

R.C.™ Essential Oil is a powerful blend of Spruce, Cypress, and three types of Eucalyptus oils (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora). –Young Living

For days filled with strenuous prepping, rub properly diluted R.C. on the back of the neck before you get started.


The 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kits:

The 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kit Choices for essential oils for prepping

All of the above oils are available in Premium Starter Kit that includes a diffuser. While the diffuser is not practical in an emergency situation, these essential oils for prepping can all be used on their own and are small enough to pack in your Bug Out Bag, ESPECIALLY the sample sizes.

However, if diffusing your oils is your preferred means of utilizing their benefits, then you’ll want to check into personal diffusers that you can easily fit in your bag.

It’s true, oils are not inexpensive, but when you know how to use them the cost is more than justified in your prepping. Please do not buy “cheap” essential oils for prepping that you find in big box stores or possibly adulterated versions online. This is your family you are investing in.

Who should invest in the 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kit?

Benefits of being a Young Living Member

  • Families that plan on bugging in during an emergency.
  • Families that plan on bugging out during an emergency.
  • Moms concerned with the physical and emotional well being of their family members.
  • Any parent wanting to add another level of protection to their emergency first aid kits.
  • Anyone with an interest in making handmade soaps, lotions, bath bombs, shampoo, etc.
  • Anyone who would like to save 24% on their personal essential oil purchases!

Which Diffuser should you choose for your Premium Kit?

I’m going to out myself here. But I have diffusers in almost every room of my home. What can I say? Some people are all about the shoes. I’m all about the diffuser. To help you decide which diffuser is best for your needs, here’s a quick overview on each one.

Your diffuser choices include:

HOME Diffuser

    • 30 second on/off and continuous run settings
    • Runs for 5 hours, maximum
    • 125 ml capacity that will cover 215 feet
    • I use distilled water in all of my diffusers and suggest the same for you.

DEWDROP Diffuser

    • Simple, single mode operation
    • Can be used for a humidifier and atomizer
    • Runs for 4 hours, maximum
    • 180ml capacity covers 325 square feet


    • Ultrasonic Diffuser
    • Runs for up to 8 hours
    • Ambient Light Settings
    • Negative Ionizer
    • Includes a remote control

ARIA Diffuser

    • A real show stopper; it’s a piece of art.
    • Multiple timer settings
    • Multicolored LED lights
    • Plays it’s pre-programmed music or your own through it’s aux cord.
    • 260 ml capacity and covers up to 430 square feet

Ordering Your 2018 Young Living Premium Starter Kit

Young Living Premium Starter Kits have a beginning price of $160.00 USD.

How to order a Young Living Premium Starter Kit


click here to order now

Pro Tip:  Did you know that you can now use PAY PAL to purchase your kit?  You’ll make 6 payments of about $30.00 each INTEREST FREE.  Yup.  Simply log into your existing PayPal account and apply for credit.

Next, change your online payment preference to CREDIT.  Finally, CLICK HERE, and when you get to the check out screen click PayPal as your payment choice.

Still Have Some Questions About How To Sign Up?

This video will walk you through the steps to order your 2018 Premium Starter Kit:

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How To Earn FREE Oils With Your Kit

Did somebody say FREE? Oh, yeah. That was me. As you sign up for your Premium Starter Kit, you will be given the choice to join the Essential Rewards program. Click YES! By joining the Essential Rewards program you will be able to choose a minimum of 50 PV a month of the oils of YOUR choice. You can change the amount you spend and which oils you choose on a monthly basis, and cancel at any time. Just remember the minimum order is 50 PV. You can certainly order more if you would like.

Since your Premium Starter Kit will earn you 100 PV, you can see how quickly things will add up and you can use your PV stash on FREE STUFF.

Prefer To Purchase At Retail Prices?

Worry Not! Simply sign up as a RETAIL member of Young Living and purchase your oils!

As always, please don’t hesitate to email me  if there is anyway I can help you make your choices!

*These statements have not been approved by the FDA.  Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Top 10 Oils For Prepping

If you don’t yet have a stash (or a hoard) of essential oils, now is the time to start stocking up. Things are changing in our ability to access health care and you want to be able to take care of your family in non traditional ways. To that end, here is the top 10 oils for prepping and how to start building your stockpile of essential oils. Unfortunately there are so many things that I am not allowed to share about oils due to regulations. So it is my hope that using what I can say below leads you to peak your curiosity about oils and starts you on your research journey.

top 10 oils for prepping

Thieves Essential Oil

I add 1 drop of Thieves to a cup of warm water as part of my wellness regimen.*

Top 10 Oils for Prepping: Thieves Essential Oil

RC Essential Oil Blend

I diffuse R.C. to create a comforting aroma.

Top 10 Oils for Prepping: RC Essential Oil Blend

Panaway Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Panaway Essential Oils

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is great when used as a dietary supplement to support healthy digestion*. It’s so perfect and convenient to just add 2–3 drops to my water.

Oils for Prepping: Peppermint Essential OIls

Stress Away Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Stress Away Essential Oils


I apply Frankincense topically to help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin.

Oils for Prepping: Frankincense essential oil

Copiaba Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Copiaba Essential Oil

Digize Essential Oil Blend

Oils for Prepping: Digize Essential Oil Blend

Lavender Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Lavender Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Oils for Prepping: Lemon Essential OIl

All of the above oils are available in Premium Starter Kit that includes a diffuser. While the diffuser is not practical in an emergency situation the oils can all be used on their own and are small enough to pack in your Bug Out Bag, ESPECIALLY the sample sizes. Oils are not inexpensive but when you know how to use them the cost is more than justified in your prepping. Please do not buy “cheap” oils that you find in big box stores or possibly adulterated versions online. This is your family you are investing in.


    • Young Living Diffuser-you get a choice between the Home, Dewdrop Diffuser, Bamboo Diffuser, Raindrop or Aria Diffuser (price ranges but starts at $160-Home diffuser may be substituted for the Dewdrop based on availability). Hint: if you have problems with your hands opening items it may be best to choose one other than the Dewdrop. I have the Home, Bamboo and Aria and I love them all. If you want a basic one to get you started the Dewdrop or Home is a great choice. If you want a beautiful show piece for your home, you are looking for either the Raindrop or Aria.
    • Lavender Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Young Living Thieves Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Copaiba Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Purification Essential Oil 5 ml
    • DiGize Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Peppermint Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Frankinscence Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Young Living Lemon Essential Oil 5 ml
    • R.C. Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Panaway Essential Oil 5 ml
    • Stress Away Essential Oil 5 ml
    • 10 Samples packets of essential oils which are perfect for traveling or your purse!
    • Ningxia Red sample packs so you can taste this Wolfberry blend for yourself.
    • Young Living Product Guide

Get $25 back When You Purchase a Young Living Premium Starter Kit

Because I feel so strongly that you need to buy yourself some books or apps for your phone to learn how to really use your oils I will give you a $25 refund via paypal when you buy a kit so you can buy more educational materials or additional oils. All of that information is below. Once you buy your kit, you automatically become a wholesale member which gives you the ability to buy all your oils at 24% off retail.

Additional Oils You May Want To Use Your Refund On:

  • Oregano
  • Tea Tree
  • Manuka
  • Helichrysum
  • Hyssop
  • Myrrh
  • Lemongrass
  • Valor
  • Peace and Calming
  • Cedarwood
  • Deep Relief Roll-on (the roll-on blends are perfect for Bug Out Bags)
  • Breathe Again Roll-on
  • Tranquil Roll-on

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