DIY rosemary soap

Hey guys, so a couple of weeks ago I showed you a really quick and easy way to make DIY cupcake soaps with rose petals; and with my mums birthday coming up it’s now her turn to be subjected to my latest creation! mwahaha

The last handmade soaps that I made were for my sister in law who loves a bit of girly glitz so she got the pretty flowery soaps. My mum however loves things that are natural and ethereal so I decided to go with rosemary to scent my soaps and give them a natural look.

Here’s what I used:photo 1-13

  • Quakers oats – although any kind of oats would do!
  • Olive oil
  • Rosemary
  • 1 bar of soap

Now I’m in no way claiming that I make my soap from scratch, why would I when there is this simple and easy ‘cheat’ to doing it!

Simply cut up the bar of soap into smaller pieces, this makes it quicker to melt down and ensures that the consistency is even. Then pop it in a saucepan on a low heat and add some boiling water. As you know I don’t do measurements so just add enough to touch all of the soap, not too much and not too little – it’s just to help the soap to melt quicker and get a good consistency!

photo 2-14

 

Add in some oil, I poured it straight from the bottle but I’d say it was around 1-2 tablespoons! This helps to hold the soap together and keep your hands lovely and smooth when you use it!

Then pour in some oats, as much or as little as you’d like depending on how much of an exfoliant you want the soap to be! I used about 2 tablespoons worth.

Don’t forget to pop in some rosemary too! It’ll give the soap a lovely aroma and makes it look very earthy!

Then just pop it into a container, last time I used silicon cake moulds but this time I used a plastic cup.  I also added a couple of bits of rosemary on top for decoration …. pretty huh!?photo 3-13Then I left it out for a few hours, depending on the size of it depends on how long you’ll need to leave it, but to speed up the process once it’s cooled down pop it into the fridge!

Mine slipped out pretty easily, I just needed to use a knife to loosen the edges a tad. photo 4-9In keeping with the earthy theme I used some hessian to decorate it. My sister thinks it looks like potato salad – not sure if that’s a good thing or not haha

and ……wallah!photo 5-4

 

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12 Comments

  • Simple Nature Decor
    13th February 2014 at 4:12 am Reply

    I love this Home Made Soap, I just made home made Spa Crystals
    its for a Valentine DIY, will post it tomorrow.. I’m stopping by from your pinterest If you have time stop by minehttp://www.pinterest.com/mariab10/

    Thanks
    Maria

    • admin
      14th February 2014 at 7:35 pm Reply

      Amazing I’d love to see the crystals! Will check out your pinterest, is your blog link on there?

      xx

  • Lucie Aiston
    14th February 2014 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Oh how lovely!! Ive never seen this before! Awesome! Fab gift ideas too! I have a few birthdays coming up 😉

    Lucie

    http://www.ourworldandautism.com

    • admin
      14th February 2014 at 7:34 pm Reply

      So much nicer to give a homemade gift, it was my new years plan to handmade every single gift. I have some posts to put up for the other bits that I made my mum too xx

  • Emily
    14th February 2014 at 12:30 pm Reply

    I’ve never made soap before, but Lush came into my workplace and gave a demonstration and we all a had a go ourselves. This looks quite easy to do, so I might give it a go! Thanks for linking up #binkylinky

    • admin
      14th February 2014 at 7:33 pm Reply

      Ooh I’d love that! Big fan of lush 🙂 Give it a go, it’s so easy using a bar of soap already, bit of a cheat but oh well!

  • Alissa
    14th February 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I have to say, I read this, and I am pretty excited to try it. Those that know me are well aware of my love for giving home made gifts. I’m a little concerned about measurements. Is there any way to be a tad more specific on how much of what to use? (I’m a perfectionist of sorts)

    • admin
      14th February 2014 at 7:33 pm Reply

      The measurements I gave were more specific than I ever normally get lol As long as the soap is an even consistency once you’ve melted it down it’s pretty easy to judge how much of the oats and other ingredients to put in. Enough oil to smooth your hands, enough oats to exfoliate and enough rosemary to look and smell lovely 🙂

  • Seychellesmama
    14th February 2014 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Wow this is so cool, very inventive 🙂 x

    • admin
      14th February 2014 at 7:25 pm Reply

      Thanks very much! So simple and easy to do 🙂

  • BakedPotato Mummy
    14th February 2014 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Really inventive. You could use all kinds of things to scent the soap!
    Thanks for linking up with #binkylinky

  • Philippa Tyrer
    17th February 2014 at 9:15 am Reply

    I love crafty posts! This looks so easy too. I may even give it a go! #binkylinky

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