Mother’s Day (in the US) is May 11th this year. Here’s a quick but special gift for any Mom.
Scented Soap Petals
These soap petals are, in effect, beautifully scented, teeny, tiny washcloths. A little treat for your guests and a great twist on the hostess gift.
Tools and Supplies:
- Fabric Rose Petals — available at craft stores in the Wedding section.
- Glycerin soap base, unscented – from craft stores, or sometimes found at grocery stores.
- Essential oils –your fragrance makers. Get them at drug stores, craft stores, or online.
Cut the soap into cubes and place in a glass bowl, 5 oz will make about 75 petals. You can melt the soap using a microwave, but a double boiler is better at maintaining a constant temperature.
When the cubes have melted, stir in your essential oil. 5-10 drops is plenty. When choosing your fragrance, you can always use rose, as the petals are usually rose petals. But you can also consider the color of your petals – neroli or grapefruit oil for peach-colored petals or lavender scent for purple petals.
One by one, give your fabric petals a quick dip. It’s important to only dip one at a time, so they don’t stick together and make a mess. Make sure they’re fully coated. Remove them with chopsticks, tongs or tweezers. Cool on a metal rack and your petals are done!
Place in a pretty dish on your bathroom counter. For those who aren’t sure how to use them, a friendly note is always helpful (see below). No messy bar-soap, no ugly hand soap. Yay!
They can also be scattered to make a romantic bubble bath. But do remember to remove the petals before draining the tub or you’ll have to call a plumber.
I’ve included some text for you to put in your soap petal dish. (Soap Petal Labels)
Bonus Tip: I like to make mine semi-waterproof by covering with packing tape before cutting out.
If you’re looking for more fancy labels, check out the printables at my pal Cathe Holden’s blog, here.