This week, I’ve been sharing some recipes using aloe vera and fresh roses. First, we made a skin soothing gel, then we turned that gel into a fabulous anti-aging skin cream, and today – we’re making soap!
To make this, you’ll need a pint jar full of freshly picked rose petals. (If you don’t have fresh roses available, you can order organic dried ones from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
Sometimes roses have little critters hiding in them, so let the jar sit outside in a shady place for about thirty minutes so they can escape.
Pour simmering hot water over the petals, cover with a saucer, and allow them to steep for about ten minutes, then cool and strain for use in the recipe below. (Don’t infuse the roses for too long, or you’ll have a strong tea that can discolor your soap.) Leftover rose infusion can be used in your bath, as a hair rinse, or a facial skin toner.
This recipe would normally call for 9 ounces of water (or tea), but since we’re adding 1 ounce of aloe at the end, I subtracted (or discounted) the extra ounce of tea at the beginning so the total amount of liquid in the recipe would remain the same.
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Aloe Rose Soap Recipe (Palm Free)
All measurements are by weight, even the liquid.
- 8 ounces rose infused water (rose tea)
- 4.01 ounces sodium hydroxide (lye)
- 15 ounces olive oil (infused with roses, if possible – see how to HERE)
- 8 ounces coconut oil
- 3 ounces meadowfoam oil
- 3 ounces apricot kernel oil
At trace add:
- 1 ounce rose infused aloe (see HERE to make) or plain aloe vera gel
- 1 teaspoon rose clay (use less for a lighter pink)
- 1 tablespoon geranium or rose essential oil (For a light scent. Add more, if desired.)
To figure out how many pounds a recipe is, add the water (& other main liquids) + lye + oil/butter weights, rounding slightly if needed.
This recipe has 8 oz rose tea + 1 oz aloe + 4 oz lye + 29 oz oil = 42 ounces total (or 2 pounds & 10 ounces), so a 3-pound soap mold should work well.
It will also fit in a cylinder mold like THIS ONE from BrambleBerry.com, but for this batch, I filled nine bars using THIS MOLD, also from Bramble Berry. Another idea is to use a glass bread loaf pan, lined with parchment paper, as a mold.
Make according to regular cold process soap instructions. If you’ve never made soap before, be sure to thoroughly research the process and precautions before proceeding.
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