Following manufacturer’s instructions, melt clear glycerin soap in a bowl in the microwave.  Add fragrance and soap dye; stir thoroughly. For plain soap bars:  Fill each mold to about 1/8 in. from the top edge. For bars with lavender buds: Fill each mold about 2/3 full. Let set until firm (about 30 minutes), then add a thin layer of dried lavender buds and cover to about 1/8 in. from the top edge with melted glycerin. Let soaps dry until completely firm. Remove from molds. If desired, wrap bars in clear cellophane and tie closed with ribbon.

YIELD: About eight 4-oz. bars

STORE: Away from moisture

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Homemade Scented Glycerin Soap photography by Country Woman.