Flowers and beauty products are two things that have my heart. Putting the two together is just pure perfection. I’ve always loved the way solid soaps look with beautiful flowers inside, and I decided it was finally time to try this on my own. It’s pretty simple and really gratifying to make these, and they make the most gorgeous gifts. As I was making them in the office, people kept coming over to watch. These soaps are just so beautiful.
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Dried or pressed flowers or leaves of your choice (I used dried chamomile, hibiscus, and lavender, as well as some leaves that I kept under a book for a few nights to press.)
Soap base (This can be found at most craft stores – try to get one made with natural ingredients, if possible.)
Essential oils of your choice (I used lavender.)
Baking, cooking, or soap molds (Silicone molds work best.)
First, cut your soap base into small pieces.
Place the pieces in a microwave-safe container, and heat according to the instructions on the package. The instructions for this particular soap base were to heat on high for 30 seconds, and then for 10-second intervals until all pieces were melted.
Place your flowers or leaves into the mold and then pour the liquid in, leaving a little space at the top. You can use a toothpick to help position the flowers. The flowers seem to float to the top before the soap dries, so if you’d like a smooth surface, pour a little more liquid soap base on top after the initial portion has hardened a bit (about 15-20 minutes).
Once fully hardened, remove from the mold and you’re all finished! As I mentioned earlier, silicone molds are the easiest to use (I found mine at a cooking supply store). If you’re using plastic or tin molds, you may need to use a toothpick or knife to scrape the area between the soap and the mold to help release the soap.
I’m so thrilled with out these turned out. I want to make them for everyone I know!
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