Luxurious Rose Cold Process Soap
A perfect DIY project, this rose scented cold process soap recipe will result in a luxurious soap with a rich and gentle lather.
- 12.5 oz olive oil
- 12.5 oz coconut oil
- 2.5 oz castor oil
- 2.5 oz shea butter
- 4.13 oz lye
- rose petals
- 1 tablespoon geranium essential oil
Prepare a “rose tea” with approximately 1.5 cups hot water and a quarter cup of dried rose petals. Cool to room temperature (or colder in the refrigerator). Strain the tea and measure out 10oz by weight of the “rose tea”.
Wearing safety gear (long sleeve, rubber gloves, and protective eyewear), prepare your lye solution in a plastic tub (with the recycle symbol #5 on it – I use this so that it can be thrown away) by carefully pouring the measured out lye granules into the cooled rose tea. I like to do this in the kitchen sink to capture any splashes. After working with your lye, wipe up area with a paper towel dampened with vinegar to clean and neutralize any stray lye granules. Your lye solution will superheat to near boiling point and may discolor (don’t worry). Place a lid on the container and cool in a safe and secure spot until the lye solution is about 90-110 degrees F.
Meanwhile, combine the oils and butters. Warm until blended. Cool to 90-110 degrees F.
When both mixtures are cooled to 90-110 degrees F, transfer oil to a heavy crock or stainless steel bowl (do not use aluminum). Slowly pour the lye solution into oil, using a stick blender to emulsify. Make sure the stick blender stays below the mixture to avoid splatter. Within a couple of minutes. the mixture will reach “trace” stage when an instrument dragged through the mixture leaves an impression before settling in. Add essential oil at this time and blend thoroughly.
Quickly pour into a parchment lined or silicone mold. Smooth top with a rubber spatula and gently press dried rose petals into the surface if desired. Wrap mold in a couple layers of towels. Cool in a safe spot for 24-36 hours. Unmold and cut.
Cure the cut soap in a single layer, turning daily for three to six weeks. When properly cured the soap will be gentle and non-drying.