Guest Soaps… Rose Petals! … Tutorial

Somewhere on the web, ages ago, I found this idea.  What I’m trying to say this early in the morning is this..  this wonderful idea is not mine!  I cannot remember where I saw it so if you have seen this idea before and know who came up with it.. please let me know and I will give credit to that creative person.. ;o)

I have company coming.  I’ve thought for a long time about  trying this, but with company coming I found this to be just the creative oomph I needed .  So here’s what I did…

I bought a package of meltable glycerin soap,  honey/almond fragrance and packages of red and green rose petals that were found over on the wedding aisle.  A strip of waxed paper was used to place the wet petals on to dry.

I melted one bar of the glycerin soap in a microwave safe bowl.  With my microwave it took about 30 seconds on high… checking every 10 seconds to make sure the soap melted but did not burn.   After the soap was completely melted, I dipped each petal in the clear soap to cover it, lifted it with tweezers for a second to let extra soap run off and placed the petal on the wax paper right side up.   The soap on the petal and in the bowl solidified quickly.  The bowl had to be placed back in the microwave every 4th or 5th petal to remelt the film that cooled across the top of the soap.  The soap that adhered to the  the ends of the tweezers was easily pulled off and placed a back in the bowl with each re-melt.  I found that one bar of  melted soap would produce around 25 petals of soap  with some cooled soap left in the bowl.

A couple of petals that did not come out well were used to test the soap.  I found that each petal could be used multiple times before the soap was exhausted.  It has a medium lather, but it left my hands feeling soft.  All in all… I give this project a 9 out of 10.. ;o)

The finished rose petals turned out lovely.  It took only a few minutes for them to dry, but I allowed about 15 minutes to be sure.  I placed mine in a new soap dish beside some hand knitted face cloths in the guest bath.  You could use an antique cup and saucer, a tiny basket, a few placed in plastic wrap and placed inside a coffee mug … Putting these in a basket with hand knit face towels and home made olive oil/sugar scrub would make a truly lovely and useful gift.  Many, many ways to use this lovely soap.

Well… the sun is up and it looks like it will be another warm day.  Cooler temps are expected tomorrow and for several days after that.  By cooler temps I mean in the 80s… ;o)  We did all our running around yesterday so I have this morning to myself (woo hoo) and this afternoon for the Red River Fiber Arts group.  Gonna be a good day.. ;o)  Hope yours is too..

About Linda S.

Retired Grandma living in North Central Texas and enjoying being able to spend my time with all my many crafting interests.
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8 Responses to Guest Soaps… Rose Petals! … Tutorial

  1. Marguerite says:

    That’s brilliant! I’d put rose petals into soaps (and they crumpled up), but never thought of putting soap onto rose petals. Have to try it!

  2. Linda S. says:

    Hi Marquerite, I love these little soaps. I’m about to make a whole lot more.. ;o)

  3. Olga says:

    That is just awesome! Thanks for sharing this.

  4. zinaszanies says:

    After I received my prize package, I just had to come and find the instructions for making the flower petal soap! Wow, you didn’t disappoint. This is a MUST DO when my daughter comes to visit. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!!

    One question: How much fragrance did you add, and at what point did you add it? (Oops, that’s two questions, isn’t it?)

    Thanks again!

  5. Linda S. says:

    Hi zinaszanies.. ;o)
    I used about 10 to 12 drops to start with and then added until I was happy with the fragrance. I didn’t put the fragrance in until the soap was thoroughly melted and then stirred it really well. I’ve found that the bamboo skewers you can get in any grocery store for a buck work really well for the stirring..and for many other things too. ;o)

  6. zinaszanies says:

    Thanks for your help! I sent a link to the tut to my daughter, and she is as excited as I am to make these.

    And I agree, those bamboo skewers are wonderful! (They also make great “pushers” for that tiny bit of fabric that you need to feed through the sewing machine.)

  7. mamaclare says:

    Question: Did you or could you use real rose petals?

  8. Linda S. says:

    Hi Mamaclare.. no, I don’t think real rose petals would work. They would not stand up to the hot wax. Also, they would fall apart when you try to use them. I wish you could use real ones… would love the smell.. ;o)

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