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Luxurious Cold Process Rose Soap Recipe

This is an old fashioned but luxurious cold process rose soap recipe, 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 other recipes: Pink Clay Soap Recipe and Patchouli Soap Recipe. However, for this recipe, I’ve used a rich 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 Pink Clay 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 iron oxide mica to give it a stronger rose color.

So Soft and Conditioning

The soap itself consists of a mixture of oils chosen 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 works 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, for Mother’s day, as a birthday gift, or simply as a treat to yourself.

Try this recipe at home and enjoy your soap!

Find Where to Buy Handmade Pink Soap

If you’re not yet ready to try to make this recipe at home, but you still wish to enjoy natural soaps, you can find handmade rose soaps at the following links:

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Luxurious Rose Soap Recipe

Sofia Matias
A recipe about a romantic and luxurious heart shaped rose soap for a special occasion, like Valentine's day. With shea butter for extra hydration, a special blend of rose fragrances and coloured with pink clay.
Difficulty: Easy
Weight: 450g
Lye Concentration: 35%
Superfat: 5%
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
MethodCold Process
ProductSoap Bar
Servings6 soap bars
Cost$10 – $20 / 8€ – 16€


Lye Water


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

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

Molding and Curing

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


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4 thoughts on “Luxurious Cold Process Rose Soap Recipe”

  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?

    • 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.




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