Botanical Soap Tutorial

Erin is busy with a Botany block at the moment for Spring, she has been learning all about flowers and plants and as an activity, we decided to make some little soap bars. We didn’t actually make soap from scratch, but we melted down glycerine soap in a double boiler and added dried flowers, Lavender essentail oil and poured it into moulds to set. It was such a sweet project for us to do together and most importantly we had fun!
Thank you so much to everyone who sent me links for how to make soap from scratch, I am so looking forward to doing this. I am still collecting all my ingredients and I should have most of them by next week.
The project from today could also be used for Christmas gifts, you can really add so many different things, dried flowers, essential oils etc…
This is what we did:

Glycerine soap bars
Dried rose petals
Lavender essential oil
Double boiler
Stick for stirring


1. Cut up the glycerine into little cubes.
2. Set up a double boiler, I used a pot and immersed an old, clean tin into the water.
3. Heat up the water.

4. Place the glycerine into the tin and let it melt, stir with a stick.

5.Once the glycerine has melted, remove the pot from the water, add the essential oils and the dried rose petals and stir.

6. Pour the melted mixture into some moulds, I used ice cube trays.

7. Wait for your soap to dry and then pop your soap out of the moulds.

This really was a lovely little activity and hardly took any time at all.


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11 Responses to Botanical Soap Tutorial

  1. EMMA October 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi Linda, we did a similar activity this summer using lavender flowers and leaves. When the soap disolved in the bath the bits of plant life left floating in the water looked like dead flies!! My boys thought that having ‘dead bugs’ in the bath was the best thing ever!

  2. Ligoakoma October 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Lovely! I must find some time this weekend with Micaela to do this! It seems really easy.

    Many thanks for sharing,

  3. JenMun(a) October 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    What a lovely idea and they look just sweet! We´ll try it next srping or may we do it with autumn leaves?;)

  4. K October 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    We went through a glycerine soap period also. But ours were not so lovely and botanical as yours. And, of course, you live across the street from a woman who just did a tutorial on cold process soap =-

  5. Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue October 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Gorgeous and sounds very simple, had some chocolate moulds set aside for the op shop but now I’m having second thoughts.

  6. Lori ann October 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    i love handmade soap, what a fun thing to do and so useful too.
    have a lovely weekend linda.

  7. Laura October 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    really lovely idea x

  8. Melissa Plank October 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    How adventurous to make your own soap! Those little molds are so cute.

  9. April's Homemaking October 8, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    Looks like a fun and easy way to make your own soap, I bet it smells great! ~April

  10. earthboysblog October 8, 2011 at 2:59 am #

    They are pretty Linda, what a sweet little project.

  11. Baa-Me Kniits October 10, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    They are so pretty, I bet they smell great! I was looking at Heidi Bears tutorial as well and thinking about giving it a go….not sure where I would put the soap to cure though? Do you think rats would eat it?

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