Pressed-Flower Bar Soap
Spring is in full bloom—and so are these lovely handmade soaps. Pick your favorite flower—crushed rose petals, lavender buds, or bluebonnets—and try our easy melt-and-pour technique.
Learn how to make bar soap from our contributor Anusha Rajeswaran. To create these sweet-smelling soaps, you'll need a variety of dried flowers—we recommend trying wax flowers, spray roses, calendula, lavender buds, and other greenery. Small flowers fit best in the soap mold, and unscented or lightly scented flowers are good for sensitive skin. If you prefer a strong potpourri-like scent in your soap, simply add a few drops of essential oil (like rose or lavender) to the mixture. To determine how much glycerin soap base you need, follow a one-to-one ratio of clear soap base to white soap base with a light spritz of rubbing alcohol between the layers. (Here, we used a half pound or one cup of each.)