My birthday’s in February, the month of roses. I was born 5 minutes after Valentine’s Day. So it was an easy decision to make these pretty rose shaped soaps for my February soap this year.
In my 23 years of soap making, I’ve been to more conferences and soap gatherings than I can count. There’s usually a destash section where other soap makers sell items they no longer want. I know I picked up a few of my long rose loaf molds that way. The purple mold that makes the smaller soaps, I bought those from China. They were freakishly expensive and took F.O.R.E.V.E.R to ship. Both are detailed and delicate and make the coolest looking soap.
I have 6 of these large Rose loaf molds.
I have two of the molds that make the small Rose bars, but each mold makes 9 soaps.
Because, who doesn’t love roses??
I made these soaps on a Facebook Live, and unmolded them the next day. (I had a special guest unmold the soap. It was fun watching him try so hard to carefully try to get the soap out. He’s not comfortable with dainty things). I used the True Red set from Mad Micas (because my roses need to be red), and scented the soap with Lavender and Bergamot.
Why didn’t I use a rose scent for the soap? Rose for soap making is pretty much always a fragrance oil, not an essential oil. Since I (and my customers) have fragrance oil issues, I wanted to stay away from them. I do have a Geranium Rose essential oil, but it sets up fast and the soap batter doesn’t stay fluid. Remember, I was pouring soap into individual molds, it’s a bit time consuming.
I’ve been told they’re too pretty to use. My response is Use them anyway, I’ll make more.
What do you think of the February soap?
Yours in Gratitude,