Lavender essential oil has been used for centuries for washing, scenting homes, and for its healing properties. It is no surprise that it finds its way into so many bath and body products. The name is derived from the Latin lavare "to wash", referring to the use of infusions of the plants. Lavender is also used extensively in aromatherapy as its lovely earthy floral scent is said to have relaxing and soothing properties. Lavender is also known to have healing properties, including antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, and is excellent for fungal infections. Oatmeal is well known for its soothing, skin loving qualities; in soap it makes a fine exfoliant as well. The addition of shea butter, which is known for its emollient and moisturizing qualities, creates a bar of soap your skin will love.