Traditional hybrid roses are quite difficult to grow. In fact, one could make the case that these classic roses are the fussiest plants in the garden. That is why I don't grow them. With four kids to fuss over, I don't have time to fuss over plants, so I grow roses that don't need so much fussing. When there is babying to be done, I am going to focus on the actual babies in the house.
There are many little DIY’s you can have fun with using roses and rosewater in particular! Here are a few ideas!
+ Rosewater and Thyme Lip Balm + Rose + Orange Tupelo Honey + Marshmallow Rose Cleanser
+ Rosewater Salve for Rough Skin + Rose & Mint Lemon Spritzer + Rose & Geranium Sugar Scrub
Rose Soap Square Tutorial
1 lb. of Goat’s Milk or Shea Melt + Pour Soap
¼ cup of rosewater, cooled
¼ cup of dried rose petals, culinary grade
Silicone brownie pan (for squares, other mold shapes will work)
Microwave, double boiler or candle melter
Melt the goat’s milk soap in chunks in a microwave, double boiler or candle melter. It takes 1-2 minutes per 4 inch chunk in the microwave. Watch carefully and stop the heat as soon as the product has melted. Do not allow it to boil. Carefully remove the HOT soap from the heat and stir in ¼ cup of rosewater.
NOTE: My particular rosewater went from a deep rose color in the bottle to a beautiful green when added to the soap! Yours might stay rosy, depending on the roses you used to make your rosewater. You DO want to add a colorant of some sort to this soap because natural ingredients (the dried rose petals we use later) will brown and turn white soap an off color. It does not harm the soap, nor the scent, but the look can be somewhat off-putting. By dying the soap initially with a deep green, rose, brown or even yellow, you will not have this problem.
Stir the rosewater into the soap thoroughly, add 1/8 cup of dry rose petals, stir, then carefully decant into your mold. I use a brownie silicone mold (available on amazon) for perfect little squares. Any silicone or non-stick pan can be used.
Wait 5 minutes until the soap *just* begins to set and sprinkle the remainder of the dried rose petals onto the surface. They will sink just slightly, becoming secure as the soap hardens. (This step is optional and is for appearances.)