I’ve been having so much fun making different varieties of easy DIY homemade melt and pour soaps and wanted to create one for the Valentine’s Day season that can also be used for Mother’s Day.
When I found a bottle of Rose Absolute essential oil, I knew this was the next scent I wanted to try.
I’ve used rose essential oil in my cold process soap recipe before, but never the absolute form.
I read that it’s very concentrated and a little goes a long way. I also didn’t want to add too much to my melt and pour base because I like its mildness and wanted to keep the fragrant oils from overpowering other scents in the scent of the soap.
Rose essential oil is said to have a soft, sweet floral scent that’s relaxing and calming. I loved it! This melt and pour recipe has rose absolute added into the fragrance oils blend along with vanilla CO2 extract, violet powder, iron oxide pigments and mica powders for color.
If you’ve never tried making your own melt and pour soap making, you’ll be shocked at how easy it is. You can use natural and organic soap bases so you know you are making toxic-free soap.
These make absolutely wonderful gifts!
What is Rose Soap good for?
Roses are infused with natural relaxing effects that help relax your body, relieve stress, and promote glowing skin.
A rose petal infused soap is the perfect way to de-stress.
It has been used traditionally as a face cleanser and body scrub to promote healthy, smooth skin.
Rose petal soap contains oils that nourish dry skin. For this recipe, we are going to use glycerin and goats milk.
Rose oil has harmonizing, relaxing properties. This essential oil is also one of the most skin-friendly essential oils. Rose cleanses, purifies, firms and tones the skin.
What You’ll Need to Make this Easy DIY Homemade Melt & Pour Rose Scented Soap recipe:
- 2 lb block of Goat’s Milk soap base
- 2 lb block of Organic Clear Glycerin Soap
- Silicone Mold for 12 bars
- Rose Absolute Essential Oil (I used Aura Cacia brand, but there .is also a Blend of Rose I recommend from Rocky Mountain Oils.)
- Red Liquid Soap Color
- Tea infuser (although this one looks like it would work even better)
- Gold mica powder
- Microwave Safe Glass Measuring Cup w/ Spout (having 2 on hand is easier for this recipe)
- toothpicks or skewer
- Small spray bottle filled with isopropyl alcohol
- Decorative tape, raffia, burlap, and/or ribbon (I used this gold leaf ribbon)
This is enough to make 24 bars
We are going to be making this soap in 2 different layers – one glycerin layer and one goat’s milk soap layer.
So we will melt and pour the glycerin layer first.
Start by cutting up the glycerin soap into smaller cubes and placing them in your microwave-safe glass measuring cup.
My Pyrex cup can only hold one pound of soap at a time – (half of what you ordered) which is enough to make 12 bars.
When your soap is cut into cubes, place in the microwave for (3) – 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval. You may need a 4th time, depending on how full your cup is of soap. Just be sure the soap is completely melted.
Then add 20 drops of Rose absolute essential oil and stir well.
If you want a splash of gold mica on the top of your soaps (and who wouldn’t, right? 🙂 then you need to sprinkle the gold mica powder in your soap mold before you pour in your soap.
I found that placing the mica powder in a tea infuser works great to spread the powder out evenly.
But, I also found that its important to make sure the infuser is full of powder (in fact overfilling it) and then tapping it on a table to get the extra off.
If you don’t tap it enough off, you’ll end up with some bubbles in your soap from air pockets from the loose powder.
I gently tapped the tea infuser on the side of the mold and the powder gently falls and you’ll get a nice even sprinkling of our “soap bling.”
Once your soap mold cavities are powdered, then you can fill each cavity half way with the melted glycerin layer of soap. Notice on the right hand side, I poured the soap directly in the middle and that will disrupt your gold powder and create a gap.
On the left, I poured the soap slowly in the corner so I would disrupt the gold powder the least as possible.
After pouring, lightly tap the mold on your work surface to remove bubbles.
Next, you can pour a small amount of clear soap into the center cavity as shown below and place a rounded teaspoon of glittered gold powder over it. Then using a toothpick or similar tool gently fold the powder into the soap until mixed in evenly.
The idea is to not stir so hard that you make bubbles in the soap, try to gently fold one side down into the center with just enough force to mix the soap and gold powder together.
You can grab a toothpick or skewer and swirl the soap, which will also stir up the gold powder a bit as well. You can experiment with this depending on the look you want for the top layer of soap.
Then pour a small amount of clear soap over that cavity and place another rounded teaspoon of glittered gold powder on top and repeat the same steps again until all your soap cavities have been filled with clear soap and gold powder.
As the soap cools, you will want to use your skewer and create a bumpy surface.
Probably wait about 5 minutes for the soap to cool and harden a bit, and then you can then move the soap around a bit to create this texture. This will help the goat’s milk layer to stick better when you pour that in next.
While you are waiting for the glycerin layer to cool and texture, go ahead and start heating up your goat’s milk soap in 30-second intervals in the microwave.
Again, stir each time in between and microwave it until it’s fully melted – about 1 minute and a half to 2 minutes total.
Add another 20 drops of Rose Absolute essential oil and 2-3 drops of red soap coloring.
Stir this well until you get a smooth pink color.
Be sure the glycerin layer is cool enough so that when you pour in the goat’s milk layer, it won’t pour into a liquefied glycerin layer.
Be sure there is a solid glycerin layer to pour on. Fill the rest of the soap mold cavities with the goat’s milk soap layer.
If you notice any bubbles on the top after pouring, you can give it a quick spray of isopropyl alcohol and the bubbles disappear. That ensures a nice smooth bottom to your soap.
Let the bars fully cool before attempting to pop them out of the mold. I’d wait a few hours.
Here is one bar after it is cooled – I just love the pink and clear layers with the gold accent!!!! This looks like a very fancy soap that was super easy to make!!!
I used some gold leaf ribbon to tie around a couple of bars. Now I have a great gift for my mother and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day!
Plus I’ll keep a couple for myself 😉
I also have FREE printable soap labels that you can print and give these wrapped soaps as gifts! Just fill out the form below and they will be sent to your inbox for printing!
Get Your Free Labels!
Subscribe to get your free printable soap labels delivered to your inbox!
If you are looking for more melt and pour soap ideas – check out these other easy tutorials I have for you:
20 Day Budget Challenge
Take one month to get your finances in order - learn my best money saving tips and tricks!