Bee-utiful DIY Lavender-Rosemary Soap Bars

Learn how to create bee-utiful lavender-rosemary soap bars with this easy tutorial. Perfect for pretty hostess gifts, party favors, fundraisers, 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!

I started with Goat Milk Suspension Soap Base. I found my 2 lb. package at Hobby Lobby for $9.99 less 40% with a weekly coupon. 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 on Amazon, 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 essential or 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.  If you’re looking for molds, *buzz* over to Amazon and search for ‘silicone soap molds’ to see the wide variety of designs available.

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  36 comments for “Bee-utiful DIY Lavender-Rosemary Soap Bars

  1. July 22, 2019 at 7:06 am

    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!

  2. Kathy Menold
    July 22, 2019 at 7:12 am

    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

  3. Sandi Lee
    July 22, 2019 at 7:13 am

    How lovely. Thanks so much! Going to be making these for a Garden Club presentation.

  4. Maureen D. Eha
    July 22, 2019 at 7:23 am

    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.

  5. Rita C.
    July 22, 2019 at 7:29 am

    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.

  6. Maureen D. Eha
    July 22, 2019 at 7:33 am

    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:

    https://www.amazon.com/X-Haibei-Butterfly-Silicone-Process-Supplies/dp/B072SM9Z13/ref=sr_1_40?keywords=silicone+soap+molds&qid=1563794762&s=gateway&sr=8-40

    • July 22, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Thank you Maureen! I did see it and love it! 🦋

  7. Sandi Lee
    July 22, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Would you please provide a link to the single watering can mold on Amazon. I couldn’t find that one. Thanks so much.

  8. Debbie
    July 22, 2019 at 8:07 am

    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!

  9. Bonnie Morgan
    July 22, 2019 at 8:13 am

    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.

  10. July 22, 2019 at 8:44 am

    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! 💜

  11. July 22, 2019 at 9:01 am

    What a fun project! And beautiful too!

  12. Mary from Virginia
    July 22, 2019 at 9:28 am

    What a fun idea! I’m definitely going to try this!

  13. Sandi Allen
    July 22, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Love these! What a fun project!

  14. Mary
    July 22, 2019 at 9:48 am

    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!

  15. Dana
    July 22, 2019 at 9:57 am

    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

  16. Clara
    July 22, 2019 at 10:12 am

    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 💕🐝

  17. Virginia
    July 22, 2019 at 11:47 am

    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.

  18. Jane Greene
    July 22, 2019 at 11:54 am

    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!

  19. Kim
    July 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    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.

  20. July 22, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    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!

  21. July 22, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    A very pretty little craft Mary! Perfect for this hot weather:@)

  22. Paula
    July 22, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Mary~

    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 !
    Paula
    IN

  23. Virginia
    July 22, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    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.

    • July 23, 2019 at 6:20 am

      I know they will Virginia! Have fun, it’s so easy and addictive. 🐝

  24. Cyndi Raines
    July 22, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    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! 🐝🌼🦋

  25. Marsha Wassel
    July 23, 2019 at 7:44 am

    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!

  26. July 23, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    What a fun indoor project Mary, they are all so pretty and your lucky friends will be thrilled! Such a great idea!
    Jenna

  27. TRICIA SMITH
    July 24, 2019 at 8:37 am

    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!❤

  28. Debbie
    July 24, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Cute idea and will be fun with the grandkids as it’s easy enough!

  29. Linda Hovgaard
    July 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    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!

  30. Lori
    August 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    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!

    • August 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Lori, No I found it on Amazon but there are lots of fragrances available at HL and Michaels with the soap making supplies.

  31. Marsha
    August 11, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Made these yesterday! Thanks for this beautiful gift idea!

    • August 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

      Thanks for letting me know Marsha! I hope your recipients love them. ♥ 🐝

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