DIY Rosemary Mint Soap Recipe: a melt and pour version that is easy and fast! A beautiful gift idea for family & friends.
Making soap can be pretty complicated. As I was researching all the different ways that soap is made, I gained a new respect for the pioneer women who had no choice but to make their own. I, of course, chose the easiest method I could find! I wanted to include another handmade rosemary project that we can use in our holiday gift bags. (More on that to come.) This DIY Rosemary Mint Soap is not only easy, it smells so wonderful that your friends and family will surely be impressed.
The key to easy soap-making is using melt and pour soap. So in reality, we aren’t really making soap. We’re making soap bars. Which, in my opinion, still produces a handmade item. So let’s get started…
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DIY Rosemary Mint Soap Recipe: Supplies Needed
- Silicone mold
- Goats milk glycerine soap base
- Rosemary essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Pyrex bowl & spatula
- brown kraft paper
- 4 x 9 inch cellophane bags
*The 2 lb. block of soap base, when melted, perfectly fills the six vessels in the silicone mold.
How to make DIY Rosemary Mint Soap:
- Cut the soap base into chunks. It cuts easily with a serrated knife or large paring knife.
- Place soap chunks in a large microwave safe bowl.
Tip: Make sure you choose a bowl that pours neatly. A pyrex bowl or bowl with a pouring spout works well.
- Microwave in 45 second increments, stirring well between each heating session.
- Soap base is ready when it is completely melted and stirs easily.
- Add 15 drops each of Rosemary essential oil & Peppermint essential oil. (I had readers write in that it’s better to use more than 15 drops each of the essential oil. Feel free to experiment, and use as much as you want!)
- Stir again to make sure the soap is mixed well.
Tip: DO NOT spray the mold with Pam or use any other type of no-stick spray. The soap bars pop out easily and the spray makes them greasy.
- Carefully fill each vessel in your silicone mold. Pour very slowly so the vessels don’t overflow.
Tip: Work quickly so the soap base doesn’t start to harden. Pour slowly, but work quickly!
- Let mold sit and harden for two hours.
- Carefully remove soap bars from mold…it should peel right off the bars.
- Let the bars cool completely. Package as desired.
I packaged the soap bars in two ways. First, I wrapped all of them in brown kraft paper. I made two different tags so you can choose which one you like best…or use them both. The first option is a wrapper that fits the soap bars perfectly when added length-wise. I simply closed the wrapper on the back of the bar with a piece of tape.
The second option is a tag which can be tied on when the soap bars are slipped into a cellophane bag. I added a tiny sprig of fresh rosemary for a little added charm.
I’ve already shared how to make Rosemary Salt and Rosemary Sugar Scrub. I’ve got a savory rosemary bread recipe to share soon that will be the finishing touch to our rosemary themed holiday gift bags. If you don’t love rosemary, I’ll be sharing a couple of other themes that will work too. (Update: Get the rosemary buttermilk bread recipe.)
NOTE: I did do research before I made this soap and found tutorials that used fresh ingredients, including rosemary. (I didn’t know melt and pour soap was a “thing,” but it is! There are lots of different ways to make it.) Anyway, I received a message from a reader who said that you should NOT ever use fresh ingredients. To be on the safe side, I removed that step from my tutorial. I will update this post if I get any further information.
As always, I am so glad you stopped by to spend a few minutes with me today. Thank you for your comments and support…but most of all thank you for your friendship. When I count my blessings, you all are at the top of the list. See you soon!