My dear friend Dakini came over last Sunday night and taught me how to make glycerine soaps. It was tons of fun and very easy, and the results are so pretty!

Block of Glycerine Soap Melting Glycerine Rose Soap in the Pot Fragrance Options

We used herbs from my garden, such as lavender leaves and rosemary, dried lavender flowers we both had been saving, and several essential oils. We also used kitchen goodies like honey and oatmeal.

Assortment of Finished Soaps

We made clear lavender; pinkish lavender rosemary; honey oatmeal orange; honey beeswax lavender oatmeal; and finally, rose with pink dye. The golden soaps are colored only with natural honey.

Finished Soaps

I think they look spectacular. They are going to make great gifts.

Finished Soaps

The only limiting factor was the number of molds we had. (Silicone molds are the best because the soaps pop out so easily!) We made five batches of soap in one evening, using only one sausepan and a couple of tools like a measuring cup for pouring the melted soap and a spatula. We let the poured soap cool and set outside under the porch. We still have materials left over. Cleanup was … soapy; hot water was all we needed to melt away the congealed soap on our tools.

I would say this project is perfectly suited for children with adult supervision. Even little ones can help gather herbs, drip in fragrance or dye, and stir the pot. The soap melts on very low heat.

Then, when we were done with our project, we got to drink wine and eat a delicious chicken fricasée that Ian made. A perfect evening. Thank you, Dakini and Ian!

5 Responses to “Soap-Making”

  • Jen
    December 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Wow! What an amazing blog you have! I am going to have to take some time to go through it today. I know I’ve been here before, but I forgot how amazing and stunning your blog is. You’re incredibly creative and I know I’m going to enjoy following along for inspiration 🙂 Thank you for commenting on my blog today so I could come on over and be like a kid in a candy shop!!!



    • Sara
      December 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

      Thank you very much for your kind compliments, Jen. I appreciate you reading. I’ll be visiting your blog regularly, too! Thanks for keeping in touch!


  • hands follow heart
    December 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve never been attracted to making soap but oyu make it sound all very easy. And, wow, they look amazing. What a great gift they’ll make!


    • Sara
      December 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

      I couldn’t believe how easy it was, Luciana. I think soaps made with lye are more complicated, but the glycerine type is easy. Give it a go!


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