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DIY Rose Petal Soaps

These hand-made, all natural decorative soaps are so beautiful and fresh. Not to mention so very easy to make. It's the perfect way to use leftover roses, just pull a few petals off for the soaps and dry the rest! Keep them for yourself or give them away as a thoughtful, inexpensive gesture.

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What you'll need:

  • An all-natural soap base. We used Stephenson's¬†clear suspending, so we could layer the flowers throughout the bar.
  • Dried flowers and herbs of your choice (press the rose petals in a book for a couple of days before use)
  • Soap Mold of your choosing
  • Essential oils of your choice (We used Rose and Lavender)
  • Beet Juice for coloring if wanted


Cut soap base into small pieces and place in a pan over boiling water to melt. You can also microwave the base on high for about 30 seconds.

Stir in essential oils of your choice. 1-2 drops is more than enough, oils are very strong and can be overpowering. Make sure to stir slowly.

Place petals in the bottom of soap mold and pour base on top. Use one of your flower stems to press the petals down into the base as they tend to float to the top.

DIY Rose Petals Soap - How to Make

You can do a layering technique to arrange flowers throughout the bar by pouring a thin layer of base, letting it dry for about 20 minutes, then placing additional flowers. Repeat process until you get your desired look.

If you want to color to your soap base, add a small amount of the beet juice which will give the soap a pinky tint (we did this on our final layer.)

Let harden for at least an hour. We put ours in the fridge to speed up the process a bit. They should be completely cool and come out of the molds easily. If they don't, let them cool a bit longer.

DIY Rose Petal Soap - Results

Voila! Easy, beautiful soaps! We are so in love with them we put them all around the office!

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  • Will the roses keep their color over time? I've heard they turn black when used in soaps.

    • Hi Meliss,

      If the roses are dried out enough, they should not turn black. Thank You!

  • cleo johnson April 4, 2016

    Nice i want to try them.

  • Rita McKenzie September 24, 2016

    I put rose petals from my mother's funeral in olive oil. I'd like to make soap from them. How long can they be in the olive oil?

    • I'm not familiar with roses being in olive oil. But, you can remove them from the olive oil, and pluck each petal and lay the petals out on a cookie sheet. Leave them there to dry out for a good two-three weeks, and then you can use them for your soap. With roses, they stay more vibrant when sprinkled on top of the soap bar, rather than being folded into the soap base.

  • Melissa Fuentes April 7, 2017

    Can you use the dried rose buds that are found in the tea/herb section at the grocery store?

    • It would be best to use fresh rose petals. Choose blooms that are not fully open, because the flower will continue to open after you cut it. Flowers that are fully open when you dry them tend to drop their petals. You can air dry the flowers.

  • Tiffany May 3, 2017

    Hi! I'm thinking about doing this with a group of girls from my church so I want to try to have all of the information I can so it's not a flop! 1. Do you have to dry all flowers or just roses? 2. When you say air dry, what is that process? 3. Do the flowers change colors over time in the soap? Thank you so much in advance!

    • Hi Tiffany,

      All flowers are different. Roses seem to dry the best and are able to keep their color, while some flowers don't keep their color so well. You should try drying out the flowers and roses well before you have your event, just to see which flowers hold their color. The process for air drying is to trim the stems in an angle. Then bunch them together with string around the stems and hang them upside down so that the petals stay nice and uniform. It takes about 1 week or so for the flowers and roses to dry out nicely. And yes, the flowers can change color in the soap. Roses and lavender flowers can be sprinkled on top of the soap in order for the color of the flowers to stay vibrant.
      You may also be interested in DIY Pressed Flower Trays, that tutorial can be found here:

  • Julieta May 19, 2017

    Do the petals have to be dried? Or is there a downside to using fresh petals?

    • Hi Julieta,

      Yes, the petals need to be dried, otherwise, they will be a dull color and will not last. Thank You!

  • Sophia June 22, 2017

    Do the flowers feel gooey or slimy when soap wears down with use?

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