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How to Make Floral Botanical Soap
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How to Make Floral Botanical Soap

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time 1/2 day +

Adding dried flowers to soap will create a pretty and practical treat for your bathroom, or the perfect gift for a loved one! Choose your petals and create soap with flowers for a summery spin on soap-making.

This project is made easy thanks to the Melt and Pour soap bases available.

Projects and instructions by Becki Clark.

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You will also need -

* Rose petals (real)

* Takeaway box and brown baking paper if not using a soap mould

* Kitchen tissue

Step 1

Start by gathering all of the supplies and then deciding on how much soap you want to make. The Melt and Pour is great, and where the soap base is set, you can work out your quantities easily before melting it.

Cut the amount you want to make (I used half the tub) and place into a bowl.

Top Tip: If you have a microwave, you can pop the soap base in there for 30 seconds until the soap is melted or heat up over a simmering pan of water for about 5 minutes again until the soap is melted.

Step 2

Once the soap base has melted, add in the rose oil. You will need 2ml of fragrance to every 100g of soap base. Stir in to the mix well.

Step 3

Line a plastic tub with baking paper so that when the soap sets into the shape, it is easy to pull out of the plastic rather than having to cut it inside the mould.

You can also add a layer of vaseline between the tub and baking paper for ease.

Step 4

Pour the soap mix into the tub/mold and begin sprinkling your rose petals over the top, the soap does tend to set fairly quickly so you’ll want to make sure you have enough petals dried and ready to use.

Leave to set in the fridge for 1 - 2 hours.

Top Tip: You can also dry rose petals in the microwave, SImply place them on top of a sheet of kitchen tissue, and then cover them with another sheet and pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute, making sure to check on them every 10 seconds.

 

Step 5

Once the soap has set, carefully remove it from the mould and cut into your desired shapes. If you are giving the soaps as gifts, you could wrap each piece in a sheet of kraft brown paper, wrap with twine and finish of with a fresh flower sprig for a rustic botanical look.

Top Tip: You may need to use a knife to ease the hardened soap out of the tub.

Floral Botanical Soap

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