Rose scented products sometimes get a bad rap. Images of grandmothers and doilies often come to mind whenever you mention rose-scented anything to some people and personally, I’d like to change that notion. With all of the new essential oils, organic rose petals, and fragrance oils on the market today, it’s easy to find (or make) a product with a subtle rose aroma instead of the sickening and overwhelming I’m-going-to-choke-on-this smell.
The rose petal soap I made for this tutorial falls into the subtle rose scent category. It does not have that overwhelming rose smell yet the soap still contains all of the antioxidants and fatty acids that are great for your skin. The goat milk soap base adds an additional layer of moisturizing while the lactic acid acts as a gentle exfoliator. It’s a win-win!
Let’s get started!
Rose Petal Soap DIY Tutorial
What You’ll Need
- 1 lb of goat milk suspension soap base (I used this one)
- rosehip oil
- soap mold (I used this one from Michaels)
- large glass bowl
- wooden spoon
- organic rose petals
Sprinkle rose petals onto the base of your soap molds (make sure to weed out any stems or green leaves).
Break up the soap base into smaller chunks. Place into a glass bowl and microwave on high for 20 seconds. Repeat until the soap is melted.
Add 1/4 cup (more or less to your liking) to the melted soap and stir with the wooden spoon.
Quickly add 25 drops of rosehip oil to the soap mixture and combine with the spoon.
Pour evenly into your soap molds.
If bubbles start to form, lightly mist the soap with alcohol.
Place the soaps in the freezer for 2-4 hours.
Once they’re fully hardened, pop them out by gently pressing on the back of the soap mold.
Note: This recipe and mold yielded 6 soap bars.
Note: If you want to add color to your soap, make sure you use soap base coloring.
Aren’t they pretty? I decided not to use soap coloring because I wanted the rose petals to stand out in the soap. I like the way it looks–more natural.
If you sniff your soap (yes, I’m encouraging you to smell your soap), you should notice the light rose aroma. That comes from the wonderfully scented rose petals.
Even the bottom of the soap is pretty. My only regret? I wish I had added more rose petals to the bottom of the soap mold.
Since I decided to give these soaps away as Mother’s Day gifts, I added a touch of fancy with burlap gift bags and an iron printable I designed myself.
I used Jolee’s Easy Transfer Paper (for dark fabric) and printed out my labels onto the transfer paper. If you’re using a different transfer paper, make sure you follow the package directions. My images did not need to be mirrored but some require that your mirror the image before printing.
After I cut the printed images out, I used a hot iron to transfer the labels onto to the burlap bags.
Once the iron-on cools, add your soap(s) and include a few loose rose petals. I was able to fit two soaps into each bag.
I think the labels add a special touch with a hint of vintage inspiration. 😉
However, if you don’t want to use gift bags, you can always print the labels out, wrap them around the soap, and then secure with twine.
I sure hope the moms I’m giving these to like them. This isn’t your grandmother’s rose petal soap after all. 😉