How to Use Rose Buds in Soap


After preserving your precious rose buds grown in your flower garden, you may be looking for something unusual to do with them. If you like to experiment with different soap-making projects, melt-and-pour is one of the easiest methods for creating unique soap in any shape, color and scent. Choose a translucent melt-and-pour base such as glycerine or a basic base such as castile. Add a few drops of rose essential oil and the dried rose buds and you can make lovely soap that will pamper and gently clean.

Step 1

Grate the melt-and-pour soap base with the cheese grater. Place the grated soap base into the glass measuring cup.

Step 2

Microwave the soap base on medium setting until the soap becomes a liquid. Stir several times to blend the soap base as it melts. Remove the glass-measuring cup from the microwave after it turns to liquid.

Step 3

Add between five and ten drops of rose essential oil to the soap base after it melts. Stir the essential oil in well with the spoon to incorporate it.

Step 4

Add the dried rose buds to the melted soap base. Add as many as desired to create an effect you like. Stir the rose buds in gently.

Step 5

Pour the melted soap into the soap mold. Watch the surface of the soap as the soap base begins to harden. If bubbles form, take a pin and prick them carefully.

Step 6

Place the soap mold in a safe location for six to eight hours where no one will disturb it. After the setting time, gently loosen the soap from the mold and pop the soap out of the mold.

Step 7

Store the soap for approximately two weeks to give it time to cure before using. If you do not properly cure homemade, soap, it will dissolve quickly when it becomes wet.

Things You'll Need

  • Melt-and-pour soap base (glycerine or castile), 1 lb.
  • Cheese grater
  • Glass 1-quart measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Microwave
  • Rose essential oil
  • Dried rose buds
  • Soap mold
  • Pin


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Keywords: rose buds for soapmaking, dried rose buds glycerine, melt-and-pour soap base

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