How To Make Flower Soaps

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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Homemade flower soap
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.

Homemade flower soap
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.

Homemade flower soap
If you want to add a fragrance, add a few drops of essential oil into the liquid and carefully mixing with a knife or toothpick – do so slowly, to avoid the formation of bubbles.

Homemade flower soap
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).

Homemade flower soap

Homemade flower soap
You can also do a layering technique by adding just a small amount of the soap base and some flowers or leaves every 15-20 minutes.

Homemade flower soap

Homemade flower soap
The soap should take about 45 minutes to an hour to harden. Leave it alone during this time. Touching the mold could result in unwanted air bubbles or a repositioning of the flowers.

Homemade flower soapOnce 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.

Homemade flower soap

I’m so thrilled with out these turned out. I want to make them for everyone I know!

Homemade flower soap

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  1. @bridashanne such a great gift idea for the upcoming holiday season! This & some homemade chai tea mix would be the perfect present

  2. FP, I am obsessed with BLDG 25 and have been for awhile now, I went back to review some old articles in the DIY and DÉCOR sections of the blog and I can not view the pictures. What’s wrong?

  3. Love these!!! I’m going to see if I can pull this off and make some for gifts. Thank you for sharing! :-)

  4. You make it look so simple! I hope someone else I know sees this when I share it and makes them FOR me. Haha! @KilaNalu

  5. This is definitely something I could make to give family and friends for the holidays! Thanks!!

  6. oooooh Brigette girl you have the most inspiring DIY posts. I’m loving all the crafts! so fun to do with all of my roommates! thanks for the ideas. @maighdlinshea

  7. Love this tutorial and can’t wait to try it out. I shared this post on Twitter as @Wallace_Dee! :)

  8. oh wow this is really lovely and such a good idea for the holidays coming up! I can not wait to share these gifts with my friends and relatives! twitter – @alykatttt

  9. @bgoerke

    When I worked in an after-school program I had a “Bath” club where we would make soaps, bath salts, etc.
    The BEST place to purchase everything you need is the they have basic glycerin soap they sell by the pounds (very cheap like $6.00 per pound), almond meal, essential oils, dried flowers (lavender, rose petals) molds, you name it including everything for making candles!

    And if you don’t have any molds, the small individual plastic applesauce containers work great, you just pop out the soap (once cooled) from the bottom!

  10. This is so cute! This would be the perfect gift. I think I’m going to make some with mint and different spices for a holiday gift! The possibilities are endless!

  11. A wonderful project for kids’ birthday parties. Great for awareness and knowledge. Shared @sadafzagha/@sadafagha

  12. these are beautiful! I made them for my mom on Mothers Day and she absolutely LOVED them the only problem was that after a few days the color of the flowers started changing colors and now the stunning purple of the lavender has become a yellow color, so I’m going to try to make them again today and see if I can improve the result.

  13. Just a heads up to everyone – These look great when you first make them but the flowers and greenery inside turn brown almost immediately. Unfortunately there’s nothing you can do to prevent this.

  14. I want to know do the soaps get cloudy once you start using them? Any flowers you do or don’t reccomend?

  15. As an experience soap maker and ebay and etsy seller, I can tell you not to do this. The flowers look pretty for a few days and then continue to turn brown and some will mold inside. I know I have tried it. Sadly, they do not look that way for long.

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