Hi guys! Wow I can’t believe February is already here. It’s so crazy how 2017 is flying by already. February always seems to be the coldest month where I’m from, but it also has its redeeming qualities: the warm and fuzzy feelings of Valentine’s Day! And Valentine’s day isn’t just for lovers you guys! Valentine’s is about showing your love to all the people in your life you love the most. Literally, I send my mom a V-Day gift every year. So of course, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to tell your besties how much you love them. And nothing says, I love that you’re my BFF more than a gift you went out of your way to make just for them. These Rose Petal Soaps are the perfect way to show your girls some love this Valentine’s Day!
I started making soaps when I was a recent college grad and I wanted to make family members Christmas gifts. I had made sugar scrub before so I thought soap wouldn’t be too difficult!
Soapmaking can get really complicated and involve a lot of chemicals if you try and go the cold process method, but I prefer to go the simple route with Melt and Pour.
This is super easy because literally you buy the block of melt and pour soap at Michael’s or whatever craft store you prefer. I’ve used the Goat’s Milk, Glycerin, and Shea Butter. I used Shea Butter soap for this project. You melt in the microwave or on the stove with a double boiler (I always just use the microwave), and then add in your essential oils or fragrance, coloring, additives, or whatever you want to do. Pour in your mold, and put in the fridge to speed up the hardening process. It’s super simple y’all. So since roses tend to be a theme during Valentine’s Day I decided to create a Rose Petal Soap with dried rose petals and rosehip oil.
Step 1: Drying the Rose Petals
You can dry your roses two ways. You can buy your roses in advance and pull off the petals and let them sit out for a few days. No problem. But if you don’t want to wait for your roses to dry naturally, you can dry rose petals in the oven. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, then pull off all the petals of your roses, and put them on a baking sheet. Then, put them in the oven for 10 minutes at a time. We want the roses to be completely dry, with no signs of water left in them. It took mine maybe 15 minutes in the oven. My red roses turned a really pretty deep purple color when they were completely dry. You can choose any color roses that you like. Once they are dry you can crunch them up into small pieces and place in your soap mold.
Step 2: Melt the Soap
If your rose petals are dry you can melt start melting the soap. I usually just follow the directions on the package of soap, but you’ll just need to cut your soap up into cubes. It should already be scored, so it’s a lot easier to judge the size of your squares. Put it in a mixing bowl. Make sure it’s microwave safe if you plan on using the microwave to melt your soap. I usually place my soap in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds the first time and then 15 second intervals until it’s completely melted. Once it’s melted you can add in your essential oils or fragrance if you want.
Step 3: Pour Soap into the Molds
So you should have already put your petals into the soap molds, so now we just need to pour in the soap. Once I poured in the soap, I used my spoon to just stir up he petals a little bit so they are spread out pretty evenly in the soap. The directions recommend letting the soap sit out for about 45 minutes to harden. I usually put it in the refrigerator for a bit just to speed up the process. I usually still wait about an hour to give the soap time to really firm up before I pop it out of the molds.
Step 4: Wrap it up and Enjoy!
To fancy them up a bit, I cut scrapbook paper into strips and wrapped them around the soap. It’s all about the packaging with beauty products, right?
These soaps are super fun to make, and they turn out really cute! Your besties will love them!
What are your favorite homemade gift ideas?