A beautiful and fragrant diy soap that is easy to make and smells amazing.
Today we are making a simple diy that you as a soap newbie (yes you there, hello) can easily make yourself at home. 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 maybe. 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 is expensive. You need A LOT of different ingredients and most of them cannot be found in an average household. But that doesn’t mean muggles like us cannot make our own soap. Today we are making our own custom soap using a 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 goats 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 essential oil. It not only gives the soap a very natural and delicate scent but it also contains a lot of amazing properties such as being antibacterial, calming, relaxing and some even attribute antidepressant properties to it. Even if the soap isn’t going to get rid of my winter blues, I still like the idea of using a natural fragrance as opposed to artificial.
Other ingredients you will need are molds of your choice (I used these) 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!!
- 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 essential oil and soap coloring.
- Pour into molds and let the soap harden completely. This takes about 3-4 hours, depending on your soap base.
- Use immediatly or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place.
- *Depending on what rose essential oil you use, and whever or not it is diluted, you might want to add more or less drops.
- **I used these