Rose essential oil is one of the most precious essences available, so it’s extremely expensive. Luckily with this homemade rose soap recipe we can substitute it for a rose fragrance oil.
There are so many other great natural ingredients in this recipe. I find the coconut oil, sunflower oil and cocoa butter make for a wonderfully exotic soak after a hard day’s work running around after little ones.
I’ve used cardamom essential oil in this recipe as I love the fragrance, but you can feel free to substitute it or add other floral essential oils that you enjoy or that suit your skin. For example lavender works very well with this homemade rose soap recipe. Lavender originates from the Latin word ‘lavo’ which means ‘to wash’, so perhaps that’s why its always a good ingredient to use in recipes for soap!
It’s also possible to substitute the water in this recipe for a homemade rose water or even add a little homemade rose oil infusion.
Ingredients For Rose Soap:
- 312g (10oz) Vegetable Fat (Shortening)
- 312g (10oz) Coconut Oil
- 250g (8oz) Sunflower Oil
- 125g (4oz) Cocoa Butter
- 146g (4.5 oz) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda)
- 300g (10oz) Distilled Water
- 10ml (2 tsp) Red Liquid Soap Coloring (Amazon Link)
- 10ml (2 tsp) Rose Frangrance Oil (Amazon Link)
- 5ml (1 tsp) Cardamom Essential Oil
- 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) Benzoin Resin Oil
Specifics To This Recipe
Follow the Cold process soap making method plus the following recipe specific steps:
In Step 4 – Combine oils and lye when both temperatures equally reach 120° F (49 C)
In Step 6 – Make sure you add the color at very light trace and before adding any fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are well known for seizing (speeding up trace to the point where it becomes very thick and difficult to handle) the soap mixture. Floral fragrances oils are notorious for this, hence why there are no photos after adding the color. I was messing around with my camera and it almost cost me the entire batch of soap. By the finish I was forcing the soap into the mold, so take my advice and make sure you have everything ready so you can work fast after adding color.
Just for the record if you are unhappy with the look of any finished soap you have a few options, you can:
- Trim it, the crinkly soap cutter is a great way to disguise a ‘not so smooth’ soap batch!
- Rebatch it, with this process you can save botched batches that you would normally have to be thrown out.
- Use it as bath curls or in many other recipes such as Cleopatra’s Milky Cocoa Butter Bath or put it in bath bags ect.
Photos From The Buttery Rose Soap Recipe
I hope you enjoy making rose soap, please feel free to add any comments or ask questions below, and please let me know if you have any other interesting homemade rose soap recipes.