Learn how to create bee-utiful lavender-rosemary soap bars with this easy tutorial.
Perfect for hostess gifts, party favors, or guest bathroom soaps.
Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. It was a scorcher here, way too hot to do
anything outdoors, especially gardening other than watering in the early morning hours.
. . . Ideal weather for a little indoor *gardening* fun and to satisfy my craving for flowers!
Lavender-Rosemary Goat Milk Soap Bars are easy to “grow” and oh so satisfying and fun to make!
They take about 10 minutes to come together and are ready to gift in under an hour. . .my kind of project!
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I started with Goat Milk Suspension Soap Base. I found my 2 lb. package at Hobby Lobby.
You can also find it online at Amazon, along with olive oil, shea butter or glycerin soap bases.
The soap base comes scored in cubes and is soft, making it easy to cut with a kitchen knife
and break off the amount you want to use. Follow the directions on the package for melting,
either in the microwave or using a double boiler. I used the microwave, heating it
in 30 second intervals on high, stirring until melted.
I recommend only melting 1 lb. at a time instead of the entire 2 lb. package.
I was all abuzz over these bee silicone molds which are also food safe for baking!
If you’ve followed my blog any length of time, you know I love all things bee
and also have a *thing* for watering cans, so I couldn’t resist this single
garden mold with a watering can and flowers!
Once your soap base is melted, add some fragrance oil. I used about 20 drops
of lavender-rosemary oil for 2 lbs. of soap base. Stir in any colorant if desired,
then any botanicals. I added some dried lavender buds.
Dried lavender buds can be found with the soap making supplies at Hobby Lobby
and Michaels in small quantities, or in larger quantities on Amazon.
Suspension soap bases are formulated to suspend any additives like botanicals
evenly throughout your soap, but most of my lavender buds collected on the bottom of the bars.
I didn’t object as it is a nice surprise when you turn the soap over to find all
the little buds on the bottom. It smells bee-utiful too with the addition of the lavender and fragrance oil!
Pour your soap mix into your molds and allow it to set until firm, about 40 minutes.
The cavities of my molds hold about 3 1/2 ounces so I got 10 bars of soap
out of 2 pounds of soap base. When bars are set, flex the molds and the bars
will release easily from the molds.
My remaining soap in my bowl firmed up in the 40 minutes while I was waiting for my soap
to set to reuse my molds. Fortunately there is no waste, as you can reheat any soap
left in your bowl and melt it again, making it pourable.
I added some lilac colorant to my remaining soap base for my second batch.
Add your color a few drops at a time, stirring until you have your desired shade.
The colorant for soap can also be found at the craft store with the soap making supplies.
These Lavender-Rosemary Goat Milk Soap Bars are so easy you’ll want to try them yourself,
as they make pretty hostess gifts, a fun garden club project, party favors,
for a church bazaar or fundraiser, or guest bathroom soaps!
You can customize them endless ways with your choice of mold, fragrance, color or soap base.
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Love these, such a fun project! They are adorable, we share the love of bees and lavender! Looks like I need some indoor projects, we are heating up and out tractor broke, I have been spreading 30-40 yards of mulch weekly, with out machinery a/c here I come!
Great project for a hot day spent inside. I made soap with the grandchildren one summer and we had such fun. Used a glycerin soap base and added a variety of herbs and little flowers. Kept them in my freezer for storage and took them out as needed.
Feels a little cooler this morning. Enjoy the day. Kathy
How lovely. Thanks so much! Going to be making these for a Garden Club presentation.
What a great idea, Mary! Thank you for sharing it as well as the how-to directions. I am not a very crafty person myself, but making these soap bars seems easy enough even for me! And as you suggest, they would make wonderful gifts–very welcome ones, I am sure, with more and more people looking for natural alternatives to their “normal” everyday products.
Mary, you said it – those are simply bee-utiful! Those molds are just adorable. Thanks for sharing the sources and your experience with making the stops. I wouldn’t want to use them! Lol.
While searching on Amazon for the soap molds, I came across this one, which made me think of you as much as the bee mold you got. I think it makes a bit bigger bar of soap, but the mold looks so pretty. You may have already seen it:
Thank you Maureen! I did see it and love it! 🦋
Would you please provide a link to the single watering can mold on Amazon. I couldn’t find that one. Thanks so much.
Hi Sandi, Here it is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K175JFJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Those are beautiful and I bet they smell so good. I’m going to buy supplies for my youngest who has been wanting to make soap. Thank you for all the ideas and tips!
I love the smell of lavender! I am not DIY’er but I could do this.
I love the molds you choose especially the one with the watering can.
Pinning for later. Thanks for inspiration.
How pretty your soaps turned out, Mary! Thanks for all your tips on making them. When I used dried lavender I noticed that it turned brown after awhile. I’m thinking that tinting the soap like you did, will help. I’m going to check out those molds and the special scent that you used. Soap making is a fun project with kids! 💜
What a fun project! And beautiful too!
What a fun idea! I’m definitely going to try this!
Love these! What a fun project!
You are so awesome! Thank you for adding so much fun to life. Already ordered the soap making items after reading your blog and super look forward to the joy of crafting them. Many Blessings!
I love this project! Perfect for this hot weather everyone seems to be having. So pretty and two of my favorite scents. Love that I can also purchase supplies even though I live in the middle of nowhere
Mary, Your soap turned out beautifully. Your tutorial is wonderful & it’s nice to know Hobby Lobby has all the necessary ingredients. I love those molds! Anyone would be pleased to receive such a nice gift. Thanks for sharing as I hope to try this in the future. Stay cool! Clara 💕🐝
Mary, I just love this project. I am giving a bridal luncheon for a young friend of mine in three weeks and think this will be a nice gift for my guests. There is a Hobby Lobby nearby so I’m heading there soon. Thank you so much for this amazing idea.
Love the soap, and the way you photographed it is beautiful! They will be a great guest gift and will go nicely with the Dirt Cake, or Beehive cake I make. I love gardening themed tea parties and we all know gardening leads to dirty hands in need of a pretty and fragrant soap. For some reason, I always start out wearing gardening gloves and before I realize it, I have removed the gloves and am back down to bare hands. I guess I just want to touch Mother Earth with no barriers LOL!
I have been on the fence for awhile when it comes to trying my hand at soap making. After reading your post, I’ve just ordered the molds from Amazon and can’t wait to get started. As always, you make it so beautiful and do-able. Thanks for this little nudge in the right direction, Mary.
Mary, I am not much of a DIY’er, but this I will do. It is a perfect little project for Ella Mae and me. Thank you for sharing and these soaps will be great for gift giving!
A very pretty little craft Mary! Perfect for this hot weather:@)
The soap bars are adorable !! I brought a big bar of lavender soap while on a vacation to Mackinaw Island , and I love it! But not as cute as yours !!
Keep cool !
Mary, I went to Hobby Lobby this afternoon picked up the supplies I need and ordered the molds from Amazon tonight. Hope mine turn out as pretty as yours. Thanks for the inspiration.
I know they will Virginia! Have fun, it’s so easy and addictive. 🐝
Oh, wow, how fun will this be! What perfect little gifts! Mary, thank you for this great idea. Love the molds and will check out our Hobby Lobby. Love your new spade too, you find the neatest things! 🐝🌼🦋
Thank you for sharing! I’m all “a buzz” about these bee-utiful soaps. Can’t wait to try. I think these will make perfect Christmas presents to the many bee lovers on my list!
What a fun indoor project Mary, they are all so pretty and your lucky friends will be thrilled! Such a great idea!
Lovely soaps and idea for me, recently retired and in need of fun yet pretty easy things to make and eat. And I love gift giving! Your site is just gorgeous; I’ll be following closely. Thank you, Thank you!❤
Cute idea and will be fun with the grandkids as it’s easy enough!
Oh how fun! Beeutiful! Will be doing these with my granddaughter for sure. She has already made hand soap and given it to me as a gift so I know she will be excited to make these beauties. Thanks again Mary…you are amazing!
Cute idea! I ordered the molds from Amazon. Did you get the lavender and rosemary oil at Hobby Lobby? I will go there this week to pick up the rest of the supplies. Thanks!
Hi Lori, No I found it on Amazon but there are lots of fragrances available at HL and Michaels with the soap making supplies.
Made these yesterday! Thanks for this beautiful gift idea!
Thanks for letting me know Marsha! I hope your recipients love them. ♥ 🐝
I will be making these for Christmas gifts this year. I had searched Pinterest and pinned a lot of soap making sites but yours is by far the best I’ve come across. Before reading your blog, I was a little intimidated about making soap. But you’ve made it sound so simple and easy. Thank you
So sweet! I love the darling soaps.
I was just wondering if I should change things around from winter to spring yet, and how to do it! This post helps me imagine it. Thank you.
Love this idea. Where did you find the single watering can with flowers mold please
They’re adorable. What a great and fun project. Thank you and have a great day
Thanks for posting this fun project. Iam inspired to try soap making. I too love bees and dragon flys.