La Vie en Lavender

When you think about fancy French herbs, lavender is usually the first herb that comes to mind. This tres chic botanical has long been used in French medicine, skin care, and even decor. The most notable thing about the pretty purple flower is it’s scent. It’s earthy, floral, and undeniably comforting. But beyond the aromatherapy value, the plant can actually help skin be more beautiful. Falls River Soap Company has formulated their French Lavender Basil Soap with this great plant in mind. We’ve added lavender essential oil and lavender buds to our moisturizing soap. We’ve also added in dry basil to compliment the herbal qualities of the lavender. The result is a beautiful handmade soap that’s loaded with skincare benefits. 

French Lavender Basil SoapWhy Essential Oils are So Great

Essential oils are some of our favorite ingredients for natural soap. They are what give our soaps their oomph. They give our natural soap a beautiful scent and an amazing skin health boost. Lavender is probably the essential oil that most DIYers and naturalistas feel most comfortable using. It’s gentle, effective, versatile, and can be used by the entire family. Here are some of the great benefits of lavender and how you can get them from our French Lavender soap.. 

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Lavender is known foremost as a great natural stress reliever. Simply smelling the essential oil can lead to calm feelings. Smelling lavender or basil can also help to alleviate a headache. One way to capture these great benefits is through a natural foot soak bath. 

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You can use our lavender essential oil soap to create a stress-relieving foot soak. Take a bar of our soap and cut off a one inch piece. Chop this piece into smaller bits that dissolve easy. Place the soap bits into a large bowl or tub. Add about a half gallon of very warm water and let the soap dissolve. You may add a few more drops of essential oil if desired. Once the soap is dissolved, simply soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes and let your mind relax. The lavender and basil in our essential oils soap will both work to relax you through aromatherapy and by drawing the toxins out of your body via your feet. You’ll feel happier and more relaxed afterward, and any headaches will be gone.

Improves Acne

Since it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, lavender can help to clean the pores and reduce redness and irritation. The fresh basil in our moisturizing soap is also great for fighting breakouts. Using our handmade soap twice daily can help improve acne. Use a washcloth to get a good lather and gently wipe it on the face and neck. Rinse and pat dry. 

Gives Better, Sounder Sleep

If you struggle with getting to sleep or staying asleep, lavender soap can really help. Since it has the ability to deeply relax your body, it can give you a deeper sleep. Using our lavender oil soap in a hot shower or bath right before bed can help you sleep better. If you really want to boost your sleep, you can make a batch of homemade laundry detergent to launder your towels and sheets with the scent of lavender: 

Homemade French Lavender Soap Laundry Detergent 


  • ½ bar (2 to 2.5 ounces) Falls River Soap Company French Lavender Basil  Soap, grated
  • ½ cup borax
  • ½ cup washing soda


  • Combine all three ingredients in a large bowl or container. Stir thoroughly to distribute ingredients evenly.
  • Place ingredients in a sealable container with a measuring scoop.
  • Use 1-3 tbsp of detergent per load of laundry (1 tbsp for small loads, 2 or 3 tbsp for larger or very dirty loads)
  • For best results, use within 30 days of making.

Heals Wounds and Skin Infections

If you are suffering from a cut, burn, or skin infection, lavender can be a natural soother and healer. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can fight against disease and keep wounds clean. Simply use our French lavender soap on the affected area until a good lather covers the skin. Rinse with cool water and pat gently to dry. 

Reduces the Signs of Skin Aging

The free radicals that our skin is exposed to (aka the chemicals and pollutants of everyday life) are what make our skin look and feel old. Lavender oil contains powerful antioxidants that can keep free radicals from damaging the skin. It also encourages blood flow so that your skin can create healthy, new cells. Replace your daily facial cleanser with our moisturizing soap and your skin can look and feel younger. 

Soothes Eczema and Psoriasis

Lavender has long been used to help alleviate pain. Combine this with it’s ability to cleanse the skin and reduce redness and irritation, and it makes for a fantastic body soap option for those with skin problems. If you suffer from skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, try our gentle and moisturizing soap. Us it in the bath or shower direct from the bar. It will keep your skin from being painfully irritated while helping to easily clean out any bacteria or dirt that may be causing irritation. Plus, with our added coconut oil, rice bran oil, and Shea butter, you’ll be adding gentle moisture that can help further irritation from happening. 

A Versatile and Pleasing Natural Soap

Our French lavender soap has many uses for your life. You can easily incorporate it into your existing routine to reap some major benefits. Our cold-processed soaps are made by hand and in small batches to give you a great soap that’s been crafted with care. We never add any chemicals or preservatives to our soap because we believe that natural is best. If you’re looking for an effective alternative to store bought, artificially fragranced soaps, give our French Lavender Basil Soap a try and see how you can use it improve your life.