Making Rose Soap
For generations, roses have symbolized love, passion, and romance. Many consider a rose to be the official flower of Valentine's day. The flower has been featured in many forms of media, taking center stage in mushy movies and television shows, sometimes even playing a symbolically notorious role, as in the film 'American Beauty'.
Being such a popular flower, and one that smells good, it isn't a wonder that roses and their scent have been incorporated into soap. If the flower is associated with the many great love stories of our history, then it is only natural that a rose bath be associated with luxury and love for the skin.
For a while, rose soap was a novelty item, but now you can make your own rose soap!
1 bar clear glycerine soap
2 tsp. chopped rose petals
1 tsp. powdered milk
3-4 drops rose fragrance oil
2-3 drops vanilla fragrance oil (optional)
Using an old cheese grater, shred the glycerine soap bar. Create a double boiler by placing a Pyrex bowl on top of a pot of water and bring the water to a boil. Put the shreds in the bowl and melt the bar. Once totally melted, remove the bowl from the heat.
Using a wooden spoon or hand held electric mixer, begin mixing the liquid soap. As you stir, add the powdered milk. Stir till you have an even consistency.
Add half of the petals to the mixture and stir.
Next, drop in the fragrance oil and stir the soap again.
Place some petals at the bottom of your soap mold. Then pour your soap into the molds and sprinkle a few more petals on top.
Let the soap harden in their molds. Once hard, pop them out and use your soap!
This rose soap recipe is very easy to follow, and the end product will make a great gift for family and friends, as well as a wonderful soap to put in guest bathrooms and powder rooms. You can also choose to use it all yourself! Just make sure that you store the bars in airtight containers, such as zip lock bags, till you're ready to use the next bar.
Note: The vanilla fragrance will soften the soap fragrance and give the soap a vanilla undertone. Be prepared for some of the petals to turn black due to the heat of the mixture.