In fact, doing messy crafts with my children is honestly one of my least favorite things to do. This is why I love taking them to our local Art and Science Museum so they can craft until their hearts are content. BUT, if the end result is something useful as opposed to some kind of macaroni picture that is supposed to hang on the fridge, then sometimes I can be persuaded.
Here Was My Motivation
Meg and I found this recipe for Rose Almond Soap and unbelievably, I had almost everything necessary to make it. I thought “This is something we can actually use,” and I loved the name. So. I was motivated. Life is so much better when Mom is motivated :)
I was on my way to the health food store anyway, so I could easily add Geranium Essential Oil to the list. I know you are thinking “You had rosewater on hand?” Well, I bought it probably over 2 years ago when I had some bright idea to make something, then never did. Seems it sat there forever waiting for this moment.
Rose petals – 2 T
Almonds – 2 T
Soap – 2 4 oz bars (something plain like Ivory or Castille) or 8 oz of soap flakes (which I don’t think exist anymore – I looked and asked and couldn’t find any)
Rose water – 1/2 cup
You can make rosewater by taking 1 firmly packed cup of rose petals. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over it. Cover and let steep until cool. Drain.
Geranium Essential Oil – 9 drops Anything would work. I just like the sound of “Geranium.”
Boiling Water – 2/3 cup
Put your rose petals on a cookie sheet and dry them. Ours were somewhat dry to begin with, drooping off their stems several weeks after Valentine’s Day.
I dried the yellow ones too, but only used the red for this recipe.
Now mix together the soap flakes, crushed rose petals and boiling water in a bowl til smooth. If the soap starts to solidify, place the bowl over near-boiling water. Mine did not even come close to solidifying while we were stirring.
Mix it up good.
This recipe came from this book that I found at our last homeschool convention. It has become one of my favorite books to have in the kitchen.
Have fun with this! God Bless You!