Make your own biodegradable, eco-friendly soap with locally available ingredients.

One of my goals this year is to go chemical free and create healthy products with natural ingredients that my family and I can use. I tried making a few soaps earlier this month. Once satisfied with the outcome, I shared the soaps with my friends who liked the fragrance and the effect it had on their skin. The soaps scented with rose-petals, turmeric and lemon zest were quite a hit.

Here’s how you can make them, too.


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  • Glycerin
  • Rose petals
  • Rose water
  • Lemon
  • Turmeric powder
  • Vaseline
  • Silicon molds


  1. Make a coarse paste with rose petals and rose water.
  2. Grate some lemon zest, more the zest, more the fragrance!Handmade soap
  3. Now begin by melting the glycerin using double boil method- which means: fill 1/4th of a vessel with water and boil it.
  4. Let this simmer and place a smaller small bowl into the vessel, making sure that the bottom of this bowl does not touch the water. It should be at least 2 to 3 inches above the water level. The idea is to heat the bowl with steam and not with water.
  5. Coat the silicon molds with vaseline.
  6. Divide the melted glycerin into two parts
  7. Add rose petal paste into melted glycerin. The colour changes to green.
  8. Add lemon zest and turmeric powder into melted glycerin and you have a red concoction. Both the colour changes that you see in step 6 and 7 are absolutely natural and the products are safe to use.Handmade soap
  9. Freeze this for 3 hours and the soap is ready to use.

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Your soap is now ready to give you that natural glow and an amazing fresh fragrance!

Do you have any other soap-making ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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