Old-Fashioned Rose Soap Recipe

Old-Fashioned Rose Soap Recipe + Instructions
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Rose soap recipe featuring rosehip seed oil.

Rose Soap Recipe by Jan Berry. Her new book is called Simple & Natural Soapmaking

This lovely soap features real roses, creamy shea butter and nourishing rosehip seed oil. Rose petal-infused olive oil softens and conditions skin, while coconut oil adds plenty of bubbles and creates a harder bar of soap.

Shea butter is not only great for your skin, but it adds additional hardness to the bar. Rosehip seed oil was included for its fantastic skin-regenerating and healing properties. Rose kaolin clay contributes a natural pink color, but you can use half as much for a paler shade of pink or leave it out completely for a creamy white bar

Old-Fashioned Rose Soap Recipe + Instructions



Rose Soap Recipe Ingredients

For the Rose-infused Water

You begin making this rose soap recipe by placing the rose petals in a heatproof jar or container. Heat the water to a simmer and pour over the petals. Allow the rose infusion to steep until it’s room temperature or cooler. Make sure that your tea is fairly light, and not a dark brown color, or it may affect the color of the finished soap. Strain the rose-infused water into a heavy-duty plastic or stainless steel bowl or pitcher.


1. Wearing gloves, goggles and long sleeves, pour the lye into the cooled rose petal infusion and carefully stir until it’s fully dissolved. It may turn a dark brown color as it meets the lye, but that’s okay at this point.

2. Set the lye solution aside for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until cooled to approximately 100 to 110°F (38 to 43°C).

3. While the lye solution cools, weigh the olive, castor and rosehip seed oil and place in your soap mixing pot or container. In a double boiler, heat the coconut oil and shea butter until melted. Pour them into the container with the olive and castor oil. This should bring the temperature to somewhere around 90 to 100°F (32 to 38°C).

4. In a small bowl, stir together the rose kaolin clay, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water and essential oil until smooth. This will be added at trace* (for cold process soap) or after cook time (for hot process soap).

5. Combine the lye solution and the oils. Hand stir with an immersion blender (powered off) for about 30 seconds, then turn the immersion blender on and mix the soap batter, alternating every 30 seconds or so with hand stirring to prevent the immersion blender’s motor from burning out. Continue mixing until trace is reached. This recipe will reach trace within a few minutes.

6a. For Cold Process Soap
Thoroughly stir the clay, water and essential oil mixture into the soap. Pour the soap batter into a prepared soap mold, cover with a sheet of wax paper and then the mold’s lid or a piece of cardboard. Tuck a towel or quilt around the mold to help hold the heat in. Let the soap stay in the mold for 24 to 48 hours, then remove and slice into bars. Allow the bars to cure in the open air for at least four weeks before using.

6b. For Hot Process Soap
Pour the soap batter into a slow cooker turned on low heat. Cover with the lid and let cook for 1 hour, checking and stirring every 15 minutes. After the hour has passed, stir in the clay, water and essential oil mixture, then spoon the cooked soap into a prepared mold. Allow it to firm up overnight, then remove from the mold and slice into bars. You can use hot process soap right away, though it makes a longer-lasting bar if it cures in the open air for a few weeks.

* “Trace” means that the soap batter is thick enough to leave a faint, fleeting imprint when it’s drizzled across itself.

Old-Fashioned Rose Soap Recipe + Instructions

31 Discussion to this post

  1. Jennifer says:

    This recipe might be next on my to-do list! I make soap, bath salts, bath bombs, and lip balms. It’s wonderful to know exactly what’s in the products I use.

  2. Sarah Donnison says:

    I have bought the tools and ingredients to have a go at soap making , having been inspired by your blog. I have not been brave enough to have a go – yet!!

  3. Elena says:

    I love making homemade “concoctions” just tried a dandelion infusion. Next I am going to hunt down some rose petals from neighbors to infuse. Love natural products!! I regularly follow your blog and Jan’s. You are both truly inspiring in my endeavors.

  4. Debra says:

    I have been wanting to make some soap for a while because I want to do something good for my family – as well as doing something creative. This rose soap recipe looks like the one I want to try out. I would love to have a copy of Ms. Berry’s book!

  5. Jan says:

    I’ve been making all sorts of concoction for a while now, but have not attempted soap yet-this recipe sounds like the one to get me started!

  6. Cheri says:

    I’ve just started making natural cleaning and beauty products in the last couple years – skin scrubs, healing ointments with essential oils. We’ve started gathering and drying wild plants and weeds here in Alaska in the last year and can’t wait for the spruce tips to pop out so we can try to make products with them

  7. Helen says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing more of your book Jan. I’ve made quite a few of your great recipes in the past. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  8. Cindy says:

    This looks luscious! I’ve only made a face and hand scrub, so maybe its time to get a little more ambitious!
    Thanks! 🙂

  9. Catherine Brown says:

    The rose soap is so pretty.I would love to try it.I have never made soap.

  10. Melissa says:

    I have been trying to learn how to make homemade salves, soaps, and more. I’ve been a little timid about trying soap but this book looks like the perfect tool to help! Thank you for the opportunity!

  11. Vanessa says:

    No, I have never made a natural beauty or health product before, although I cook regularly with herbs from our garden. Would love to try!

  12. Tara Soens says:

    Beautiful soap! I love the usage of the wild roses, they are often over-looked. Being so plentiful, it is easy to find what you need.
    I have been making my own lotions, shampoos, and herbal medicines since I was in my teens, but, despite having bought all the ingredients a few years ago, I have not made soap from scratch. I think this recipe has inspired me to cross soap off my bucket list this summer, and make a few batches, for home use, as well as Christmas gifts. Thank you!

  13. Camille says:

    I made deodorant, facial toner, herbal hair rinse, facial mask, and facial oil last year. My next projects are lip balm and remineralizing tooth powder. I want to make soap too but have been a bit anxious over all the important details. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and detailed instructions on your blog. There are lots of projects here I want to try…you seem to offer just what I’m looking for 🙂

  14. Lucy Spencer says:

    Ok. Now I’m intrigued. I would love to try this recipe. A little timid about it but willing to try.

  15. saniel says:

    Yes, I’ve made a sugar scrub. Thanks

  16. Cassandra says:

    Soap is the only natural beauty product that I have made and I found it surprisingly straight forward. I will definitely be trying this recipe when my roses are in flower later in the year.

  17. Diane says:

    This week I made 3 of Jan’s projects from her website, honey dandelion soap, pineapple sage sugar scrub, and lavender whipped body cream. They are all wonderful. So now I want to win her book!!

  18. Mireille says:

    I have started making soap and lip balm and other beauty products a little over a year ago and I love it! I love knowing what ingredients I am putting on my and my family’s skin and love the creative process involved.

  19. Sandra King says:

    I’ve made lip balms, skin scrubs and deodorant. I love making natural skin care products! Soap is on my list!

  20. Hazel Carey says:

    This sounds like a lovely soap. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at soap making for a while, but lye scares me a little, I’ve used it to clear drains so I know how caustic it can be. I know a copy of the book would inspire and motivate me to try it out 🙂

  21. lovelygreens says:

    I am pleased to announce that the winner of The Nerdy Farm Wife’s book is SARAH DONNISON who entered the drawing through my blog. Congratulations Sarah!  

    Thank you to everyone who entered and I highly recommend Jan’s book! To pick up your own copy, visit Amazon:
    UK: http://amzn.to/1N6Y6E0
    USA: http://amzn.to/204D5RY

  22. Sydnee Braase says:

    How many bars of soap does the recipe make

  23. Cathleen says:

    I have a question about this recipe. The ingredients list rose petal infused olive oil, however, you give instructions for making a water infusion. Should we be infusing in oil or water for this recipe? Thanks!

  24. Joyce Blake says:

    I am just starting to make cold process soap, I have been making melt & pour for a few years, one of my favorite scents is rose, so this recipe I will for sure have to try, I also have relatives on the Isle of Man that I have never met, so when I found this lovely lady, and she also makes soap. I really enjoy making soap and lotions, and look forward to making more.

  25. Lucinda Clara says:

    I am organising a fund-raising event again this year to raise funds for the Maria Letizia Verga Fund here in Italy where I live. It is a hospital and residence for the cure and research for children with Leukemia where our daughter was and still is in therapy. The name of our fund raising event is Natalie’s Rose and we, last year, made roses out of crape paper to sell. This year my idea was to make rose soap and would love to try your recipe as in your blog (which I love by-the-way)
    I may try first with the melt and pour Shea Butter soap. I was wondering where I could get a large quantity of this soap from and what is necessary to then add to it to get a final product.
    Could you help me?
    Many thanks in advance,
    Lucinda (Mummy to Natalie) xx

  26. PJS says:

    Has anyone tried this recipe? The recipe calls for 8 oz (227) grams of rosehip seed oil. The link leads to a 1 oz. bottle which costs $5.79. Multiply that by 8 and this would be a very expensive soap recipe. I would like to try this recipe, but not at that cost. I’m wondering if this is a typo. Thanks.

    • PJS says:

      I think I see the problem. The amounts are showing up on the wrong lines on my computer. So it is 1 oz. of rosehip seed oil. Very confusing. Not sure why the recipe is jumbled.

  27. Morgan says:

    Can i make the infusion water from any fragrant flower petals. Ie lilac, lavender, etc.

    • lovelygreens says:

      Hi Morgan — this is Jan’s recipe but I’ll jump in to answer your question. You can make infused water from many skin-beneficial herbs and flowers but unfortunately the scent does not come through in the final soap. For scent, you’ll need a stronger concentration of fragrance such as essential oils.

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