In my heart I am a true DIY’er, always have been. That’s why you will be seeing a lot more DIY’s on here now. I am still between jobs which gives me a bit of time to really give more crafty ideas some wings. Projects that otherwise would have been buried under new dessert recipes. But this project for a DIY Natural Wildflower Soap won’t be one of them.
With my efforts into going more zero-waste at home, there are a lot of cool DIY’s the I have been playing with which I want to share with you soon. You will be surprised how easy a lot of those projects are. And what an impact they will have on your wallet, the amount of waste you create and your mood that you have done something good for the environment (shoulder pat).
Most of the DIY projects will be food related. But today I am going to show you a pretty way on how to make your own natural flower soaps using dried flowers. I am by no means a soap making expert. There are many ways to make soap using different ingredients. But I have tried to stick to a super easy recipe that everyone can work with.
Making soap is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste in the bathroom. I feel that with the rise of shower gel, soap has become a bit of an old boring hat. Soap is for grandparents and usually smells weird too. But boy, how has that changed! Soap couldn’t be any cooler! I am a real hoarder for handmade soap nowadays, I can hardly ever resist buying them as souvenirs when I travel. Soaps are the perfect travel and vanlife companion. You can take it with you on the plane as carry-on, soap never makes a mess. Soap lasts an eternity.
So to cut it short, I love it and it was more than time to actually make my own soap.
The 4 main soap ingredients
- the base – glycerin soap base
- something to make it smell great – essential oils
- something to make it look great – dried flowers, coloring
- skin nourishing ingredient – almond oil, coconut oil
Starting with the soap base, I choose one made from glycerine. Glycerine is derived either from animal fat or vegetable oil. So make sure to pick a soap based that is declared as vegan or plant-based. This way you know, the soap base isn’t tested on animals. The advantage of glycerin is that it is usually kind to the skin. A glycerin soap base is odorless, so you can add your favorite smell to it. Pick a glycerin soap base that has as little ingredients as possible without sulfites.
I chose a transparent soap base so I could use some of my dried flowers that were still waiting to make an appearance in a creative project.
To make your soap smell amazing, I recommend using organic essential oils. Choose what you love, I picked an orange and lemon essential oil but just because I really love a lemon fragrance in my soaps. Essential oils can be pricey but you only need very little and they can have some great therapeutic impacts too.
As far as look goes, you could color or use ingredients such as coffee beans, ground oats, ground cinnamon or even oat milk to it. I wanted a super pure look for my Natural Wildflower Soap so I didn’t add any of the above.
I love to add some skin nourishers to my soap which leaves the skin hydrated and soft. There are many ways to do that but adding a bit of coconut oil (or also almond oil) work magic.
To give my DIY Natural Wildflower Soap the right shape, I used a silicone mold but even if you don’t have one, you could recycle old yogurt containers to shape round soaps. Just be creative, oftentimes there is no need to buy a specialty silicone dish.
DIY Natural Wildflower Soap
- 500 g glycerin soap base
- 3 drops organic essential lemon oil
- 3 drops organic essential orange oil
- 1/2 tsp melted coconut oil
- Melt the soap base in a double boiler on medium heat.
- Place your dried flowers in your silicone molds.
- Pour in the liquid soap base using a ladle.
- Let harden for at least an hour. You could speed up the process by letting the soap harden in the fridge.
For more zero waste or creative DIY’s, check out my Healthy Hacks category on the blog!