Homemade Gift Idea - DIY Patchouli & Rose Complexion Melt and Pour

Patchouli Rose Melt and Pour Complexion Soap Recipe

December 8, 2013
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Homemade Gift Idea for Her - DIY Patchouli Rose Complexion Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

These heart shaped soaps were inspired by a recent melt & pour soap recipe at Soap Queen blog that included both Rose Kaolin Clay and Activated Charcoal for natural color and detoxifying properties. I switched the recipe up a bit and used a six cavity heart shaped mold silicone mold for my melt and pour complexion soap recipe. I also scented mine with a rosewood blend and patchouli essential oils instead of the much more expensive rose absolute and sandalwood essential oil.

The resulting homemade soaps are perfect for giving your face that bit of extra love to help keep it clean and clear regardless of your skin type. Or you can gift these to a sweetheart or loved one. They also make a lovely homemade gift for Valentine’s Day if you’re one to plan ahead.

Homemade Gift Idea - DIY Patchouli & Rose Complexion Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Natural Patchouli & Rose Complexion Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


22 oz. natural white melt & pour shea butter soap base
2 Tablespoons activated charcoal powder
1 teaspoon rose kaolin clay
1 ml patchouli essential oil
1 ml rosewood essential oil blend

Tools & Supplies:

Quart sized Pyrex Measuring Cup
stick/immerson hand blender
digital kitchen scale
Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan
Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes
cutting board (optional)
professional plastic food wrap film
alcohol in spray bottle
measuring spoons


To create this homemade complexion soap recipe you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out 12 oz. of the melt & pour soap base. Cut into cubes and place in the Pyrex measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in 30 second increments.

Measure out 2 Tablespoons of activated charcoal powder and using the stick blender, mix into the soap base into fully incorporated.

Now measure out the patchouli essential oil with a pipette and stir into the base. Place the mold on a cutting board for easy transport, then evenly pour the melted base into all six of the heart shaped mold. Spritz with alcohol.

Set the mold aside and allow it to set up. Clean out the measuring cup for the next layer.

Once the first layer of soap has set you can prepare your second layer. Measure out 10 oz. of the soap base, cut into cubes and melt.

Measure out the rose kaolin clay and add to the soap base. Use the stick blender to fully incorporate the clay into the base.

Then use a transfer pipette to measure our the rosewood essential oil blend and stir into the base. Spritz the existing soap in your mold with alcohol, then pour the soap with the clay into the six cavity mold on top of the first layer.

Allow soaps to harden completely then remove from the molds and wrap tightly in plastic food film. I highly recommend using professional plastic food wrap film – it’s what I use – as it wraps tightly to prevent sweating and stays wrapped. Label if desired.

Handmade Heart Shaped Soap Recipes for Gifting

Other homemade bath and body recipes that utilize this mold include: Handmade Triple Butter Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts, Handmade Heart Shaped Handmilled Soap, Homemade 4th of July Red White & Blue Soap, Handmilled Lavender & Dead Sea Salt Milk Soap, and Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion Bars. You can also find more homemade soap recipes by visiting Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as well as by following my DIY Bath & Body Board on Pinterest!

Want to learn how to make cold process soap – or lye soap – from scratch? Then be sure to check out my cold process soapmaking tutorial as well as the books The Soapmaker’s Companion, Soap Crafting, and Advanced Soap Making: Removing the Mystery.

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