Heart Shaped Soap

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This recipe is about an old fashioned heart shaped soap, with rose color, rose scent and wonderfully soft. Perfect for Valentine’s day, Mother’s day or just a birthday gift.

Rose Geranium and Other Fragrances

I’ve spoken about rose geranium essential oil in another recipe: Homemade Rose Soap Recipe. However, for this recipe, I’ve used a blend of essential oils and fragrances that resulted very well: along with rose geranium, I’ve also used a fragrance of english rose, neroli essential oil, patchouli, and rose essential oil that I believe to be adulterated due to its price, therefore, consider it another fragrance oil.

The resulting aroma was relatively intense for a handmade soap and, no wonder, it smelled a lot like scented roses.

Pink Clay

Similar to rose geranium, I’ve also used pink clay in my other recipe Homemade Rose Soap Recipe. Pink clay is a very soft clay that is adequate for most skin types – even sensitive ones. In this soap, it works as a “scent fixer” and a natural colorant. However, since my pink clay is so light colored that the soap was more skin-colored than pink, I’ve added just a small teaspoon (1/16 or 1/32) of red mica to give it a stronger rose color.

So Soft

The soap itself is made with a mixture of oils to be very conditioning and therefore, soft to the skin. Olive oil and sunflower oil makes the soap conditioning and soft; coconut oil is very cleansing, gives hardness to the soap and adds foam; castor oil also adds creamy foam. Then shea butter is added as a superfat oil (doesn’t saponify) for extra-conditioning properties, various vitamins and anti-oxidants. More than a soap, becomes almost a purifying / conditioning treatment to your skin.

Using heart shaped silicone molds, this soap becomes a must for Valentine’s day, as a romantic gift to your beloved. Works very well for Mother’s day or simply as a birthday gift.

Try this recipe at home and enjoy your soap!

I hope you like this recipe, and enjoy your soaps at home!!

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Heart Shaped Soap

Sofia Matias
A recipe about a romantic heart shaped rose soap for a special occasion, like Valentine's day. With shea butter for extra hydration, geranium rose essential oil for a special scent – I've also added a natural a rose fragrance, but it's optional – and coloured with pink clay.
Difficulty: Easy
Weight: 450g
Lye Concentration: 35%
Superfat: 5%
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Curing Time 30 d
Total Time 30 d 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 6 soap bars
Cost 8,35€ / $10,2
Cosmetic Soap Bar
Method Cold Process


  • Immersion blender
  • Pyrex or stainless steel bowl
  • Heat-proof jug for lye solution
  • Digital scale
  • Digital thermometer
  • Rubber spatula(s)
  • Small strainer
  • Cup / bottle for after trace ingredients
  • Soap mold (hearts)
  • Safety goggles, gloves and mask


Lye Water

  • 120 g distilled water low mineral water
  • 64 g lye (100% sodium hydroxide) (100% caustic soda or NAOH)
  • 1 tsp (4 ml) sodium lactate (optional)
  • 1 tsp (4 ml) french pink clay (optional) other pink clay
  • 1/8 tsp (0.6 ml) red iron oxide – CI 77491 (optional) (optional)


  • 182 g extra virgin olive oil
  • 136 g refined or organic coconut oil organic coconut oil
  • 91 g sunflower oil
  • 23 g castor oil

After Trace

  • 23 g refined or organic shea butter
  • 5 drops grapefruit seed extract (GSE) or rosemary extract (RSO) (anti-oxidant) rosemary oleorresin extract (ROE)
  • 13 ml essential oils blend (optional) or 8 ml geranium rose EO + 2,5 ml english rose fragrance + 2,5 ml patchouli

Essential Oils Blend

  • 8 ml rose fragrance oil (2 tsps)
  • 2,5 ml essential oil rose geranium (1/2 tsp)
  • 2.5 ml essential oil patchouli (1/2 tsp)


Get Ready!

Heat The Oils

  • Heat the oils until the solid oils are completely melted (it is not necessary to heat all the time).

Make the Lye Water

  • Make the lye solution according to How To Make Lye Water. Add the sodium lactate, the pink clay with red mica. Mix well until the vapours start to dissipate. The mixture will turn dark pink to almost brick red.

Make the Soap Batter

  • Use as a target temperature 38ºC for the oil-solution mixture. If necessary, you can reheat the oils, but not the lye solution. Reach trace with the immersion blender.

Add After Trace Ingredients

  • Add after trace ingredients: essential oil(s), grapefruit extract and shea butter. Melt the shea butter before adding it to the soap. Mix well the batter only with a spoon.

Molding and Curing

  • Pour the batter into the molds, sprinkle with alcohol or witch hazel and let it set for 48 hours, always keeping an eye on the hardness of the soap.
  • Unmold and let it cure for 4 to 6 weeks. See How To Cure Soap. Enjoy your beautiful romantic soaps!


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  1. Using organic shea butter for a more conditioning effect, I never thought of that, cool! I usually use shea butter lotions for my skin and I really love it as it’s very moisturizing especially for those with dry skin like me but having one for soap would be great. Do you think it’s good if I use shea butter for the soap too if I’m already using it for lotions?

    1. Hello Riaz and thanks for your comment.

      Yes, you can use shea butter in soap and lotions, I don’t think there’s a problem. Soap is going to be washed off your skin anyway, it’s just when the soap is doing its work, it’s not so harsh, due to some of the shea butter acting on your skin. Anyway, you should always test to see if it works for you.

      By the way, I find the best conditioning soap to be 100% olive oil, or pure castile soap. You can give it a try as well.



      1. 5 stars
        Castile soap, interesting! Definitely checking that out, thanks!

        1. Yes, give it a try, it’s easy and fun!
          Thanks again for your comment and come back any time!


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