With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I was looking for some whimsical and practical goodies that I could wrap up in a pretty, but easy-to-ship package and send a little love to some out-of-state family.
These pretty little soaps were perfect! They were easy, didn’t take up too much time and I was pleased with how cute they turned out.
Two lessons learned that I would pass on – anytime you use flower petals in a beauty recipe, you should probably dry them first. I did not, and my gorgeous yellow petals soon had black edges developing inside the soap. Also, don’t wait until the week before Valentine’s Day to purchase flowers – I learned the hard way that the price for rose petals skyrockets by 150%!!
I’m pretty sure that this recipe can be tweaked to fit any holiday or occasion by switching out the scents, flower type and molds. I’m thinking about a summer version with Johnny Jump Ups in a round mold for the guest restroom.
- Rose Petals (dried, or dry them if fresh)
- Roughly 1/3 of a 2lb Block of Glycerin Soap
- 2 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
- Rose Extract
- Almond Extract
- Food Coloring (optional)
- Soap Mold
First, put the soap base in a bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. The soap cuts easily with a butcher knife and I didn’t have any problems with cleaning the bowl I melted it in later.
While the soap is in the microwave, fill your mold with rose petals.
Next, mix in the sweet almond oil (optional, but makes it a little nicer on your hands if you have it), essential oil (to your smell preference – start with around 15 drops) and almond extract (I didn’t put much in, and afterwords, wish I had!) into the melted soap.
Just a note, there is soap colorant that you can purchase. Since I wanted a very faint color, I used food coloring. If you want a darker color, I would purchase the colorant.
Pour the soap into the molds, on top of the petals. The liquid pushed the petals to the top of each mold, so I filled each section halfway, let them sit for a minute, and then finished filling to try and keep the rose petals in the middle of the soaps.
Wait a few hours and pop your soaps out of the mold. Easy!
I used the rest of the rose petals to make a Rose Petal Foot Soak.
I found that using fresh petals was not a good idea, as they did start to blacken in the soap. You can dry them by laying them out on a towel for a few days.