A beautiful and fragrant DIY soap that is easy to make and smells amazing.
Today we are making a simple DIY that any soap newbie can easily recreate. I won’t go so far as to claim that this saves you any money. I’m rather certain that this is more expensive, depending on what soap you usually buy of course. However, there is a certain pleasure in making your own soaps and I found it to be a very fun process. These soap bars also make beautiful and inexpensive gifts which you can make ahead in batches, so you always have a homemade gift on hand.
This just might be one the easiest DIYs I have on my blog, well expect for this one. While you certainly can buy yourself some lye and make soap from scratch, I wanted to do the easier and newbie approved version today. Making soap from scratch can be quite pricey. You also need a lot of different ingredients, most of which the average person doesn’t have at home. But that doesn’t mean muggles like me (and maybe you too) cannot make our own soap. Today we are making our own custom soap using a goat milk soap base.
There are tons of different types of soap bases- shea butter, goats milk, olive oil, cocoa butter,… Some of them are clear others are white and some of them have their own colors. For this recipe I chose a goat milk soap base. Goats milk has a lot of hydrating properties and the base has a lovely delicate scent, plus it’s white which makes it easy to color. For coloring I used special soap colors. I find that these are easiest to work with as they do not change the texture of the soap and you really only need a few drops.
Now let’s talk about the scent. My obvious choice was rose geranium oil. It gives the soap a very natural floral scent. You can also use rose essential oil, however, I find that the soap doesn’t keep the scent as well.
Other ingredients you will need are soap molds of your choice and soap colors. You will also need a heat proof glass bowl to melt the soap base in. You can either do this in the microwave or if you do not own one like me (I know, I am from the stone age) you can use a double boiler. A double boiler is simply putting a heat proof bowl over a pot filled with a bit of water and melting your ingredients through steam.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!Print
- Cut the soap base into small chunks.
- In a heat proof bowl, melt the soap base either in the microwave (short intervals making sure not to burn it) or over a double boiler until it is smooth and there are no chunks left.
- Stir in the rose geranium oil and soap coloring.
- Pour into molds, spray with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles and if desired, sprinkle some dried rose petals onto the tops*.
- Let the soap harden completely. This takes about 3-4 hours, depending on the temperature in your home.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
*The rose petals will discolor over time.