Retro Roses soap design

This is a fun and easy soap design that ends up looking like roses. It uses squirt bottles and a skewer to create the design.

My inspiration…found on Flickr here

Make your favorite soap base.  One that is super slow to set and allows for time to decorate your soap.  Mix it until just emulsified.

Pour about 1/4 cup into your mixing cups with mica.  Don’t scent this part of your soap or it will get thick.  I used TKB Apple Green POP and Chameleon Red Mica from Supplies by Star.

Add your color and scent to your base and pour into your mold.  I left this one unscented (oops!  forgot my fragrance!) and added some Blue POP mica from TKB.  I was going for a baby blue like in my inspiration photo…but since I used a high amount of olive oil it turned a pretty pastel green instead.  It will work!

Pour your colors into your squirt bottles.

The first step is to tightly swirl the red roses.  You want to leave a little of the base poking through.  It’s okay if it’s a bit messy looking.  We’ll beautify here in a minute.

Then take a skewer and swirl the rose a bit.  Start from the outside and move inward.  The bit of base color that you left peeking through helps define your petals a bit.

Here they are swirled and now we make the leaves.

To do the leaves simply place a dot of green wherever you want a leaf.  I did about two per rose.

Then you’ll stick a skewer into the middle of the leaf dot and pull away from the rose.  This creates the whispy point of the leaf.

And that’s it!  You’ve got a pretty Retro Rose garden!

Happy soaping!


By |2017-02-01T15:34:00+00:00December 7th, 2010|Cold Process Soap Recipes, Soapmaking Tutorials|12 Comments

About the Author:

I am a soapmaker, author and blogger! I started blogging in 2008, sharing soap recipes, design tutorials and publishing articles on various topics of soapmaking.


  1. Megan January 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Hi Amanda
    What an interesting webpage so many lovely
    soaps pitty I can’t smell them how about
    giving one a Welsh name All the best with
    your venture

    • iheartsoap January 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Aunty Megan! Now I have your email so I can email you. Hope you are well. 🙂

  2. Shanessa December 22, 2010 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I have been stalking your blog for a while now and you never cease to amaze! Beautiful and very creative!

  3. yusan December 15, 2010 at 4:45 am - Reply

    I really like this design~ Thanks for sharing step by step!

  4. Deb December 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    So precious! I just love your blog (and your kitchen!)

  5. iheartsoap December 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Cool! I got my squeeze bottles at Walmart. About a buck each 😉

  6. krissy December 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    you are totally awesome Amanda! i think i am going to try this. i just have to get a bottle to make the rose parts

  7. Steve December 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    This would be a great soap for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  8. iheartsoap December 8, 2010 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Thanks Holly and Donna!

    Cigdem – good luck with your soap making! Please send pics I can’t wait to see what you come up with! And thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. Cigdem December 8, 2010 at 2:30 am - Reply

    It is very beautiful! I will try this and send you pictures as soon as possible.
    Daisies are my and i think it would be Nice and easy to make it on soap, too.
    I bought my lye, food thermometer and kitchen scale.
    However, I could not find shea and other butters here in Turkey. Have to search more for oils 🙂 all I have got is Olive oil in the kitchen.

    Love from Turkey,
    p.s.sorry for my bad english.

  10. Donna December 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Stunning! I love this. It’s so pretty. And you are so kind to share this technique with us. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks you!

  11. Holly December 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    You amaze me Amanda!

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