This charming, adaptable, wildflower-and-honey goddess soap recipe makes a great pagan craft idea for solo witches or as a group activity for coven get-togethers. Perfect for a full moon bath or ritual body cleansing!
Makes a lovely gift for like-minded friends.
Wildflower Milk & Honey Goddess Soap Recipe (Pagan Craft)
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What’s the significance of wildflowers, milk and honey?
Bathing in milk and honey prepares the mind and body for sacred experience.
Even the Egyptian goddess-queen, Cleopatra, presumably indulged in the milk-and-honey baths for youth and beauty.
Wildflowers connect you to the earth’s bounty and free spirit, making these bars a lovely addition to any ritual bath.
Why melt-and-pour goddess soap?
If you go hardcore on your soap-making projects with from-scratch soap, more power to you.
Personally, I am not comfortable instructing people to make things that could blow up or cause serious bodily harm in a blog tutorial.
However, melt-and-pour soap is relatively safe to work with and highly customizable, so I used it this tutorial for safety and practicality reasons.
About the mold.
The tutorial calls for this soap mold.
Honestly, in terms of quality and material, it’s not my favorite. The stock image they use is a little misleading because it looks like silicone (to their credit, they do point quite boldly in the listing that it is not silicone). It’s plastic, and when you get it, it comes looking like this.
I much prefer silicone molds for soap-making.
But I really liked this “primitive” goddess shape, and I couldn’t find a silicone version quite like it. Plus, the price was quite reasonable for a cold-process soap mold.
Also worth noting, you have to cut the soap afterwards. It comes out as one big bar. The smaller bars around about 4 inches.
I experimented with the ratios quite a bit to get a consistency I liked. Mostly, I struggled the most with balancing the beeswax to soap ratio. Too little beeswax and the soap disintegrates almost immediately in the shower. Too much and the soap doesn’t lather well.
I encourage you not to get frustrated if you don’t get it perfect the first time. Lots of factors, including the type of wax, the purity of the essential oils and source of the beeswax you use make a big difference.
The good news is, if you make a mistake, just melt it all down and add more of whatever you need to change the ratios. For example:
Soap is too soft!
Add more beeswax if your soap dissolves too quickly in water.
Soap won’t lather.
Add more melt-and-pour if your soap is “suds challenged.”
Soap is “sweating” essential oils.
This one is easier to prevent than it is to fix, but you can still fix it. Wipe away the surface oil with a damp, absorbent paper town or cloth. Then melt it in a microwave or double-boiler. Add more beeswax and melt-and-pour.
Things You Will Need For Goddess Soap
-1 goddess soap mold
-1 ounce beeswax (solid or in beads)
-1 tablespoon organic, local honey
-1.5 lbs melt-and-pour goat’s milk soap base (you may not need all of it).
–dried wildflowers (you can pick them yourself or substitute tea flowers like lavender or rose)
-double-boiler or microwave
-5-10 drops lavender essential oil (or another oil of your choice)
Here are the ingredients. Click each photo for current prices.
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Melt the beeswax first. It’s much harder than the soap base, so it takes longer to heat. You can melt it in the microwave in 60-second intervals, or use a double boiler. Personally, I think the double-boiler is better option, but a microwave will do in a pinch.
Melt the melt-and-pour and combine it with the beeswax. It will melt MUCH faster than the beeswax. If you use a microwave, melt it in 30-second intervals.Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon and remove from heat.
Add honey and essential oils (if using).
Lightly grease the mold with olive oil or mold release. You might be able to skip this step, but I always do it just in case.
You could simply mix in the wildflowers to the melted goddess soap and beeswax mixture and pour it all into the mold. If you use this method, skip to Step 7.
I tried it this way the first time, but I found the look of the dried flowers distracting to the design.
So I poured the mold halfway up and allowed it to cool for about 2 hours. The first layer is smooth and highlights the shape of the mold.
Leaving the first layer in the mold, rub the back of the now solid soap with a paper towel soaked in isopropyl alcohol and allow it to dry. This will ensure that the second layer “sticks” to the first. Melt the remaining beeswax and melt-and-pour soap base mixture and pour it on top. Sprinkle the second layer with wildflowers.
I made three versions of this with different flowers. This is the one with lavender.
You can make it super neat and even, or more sporadic like this. The advantage to using this technique is that one side is exfoliating, the other isn’t.
Allow it to cool for a long, long time. The first time, I only waited 24 hours and it was still too soft. I recommend at least five days, with the best results being (for me, anyway) about 2 weeks.
Use them in ritual baths, give them away for handfastings or Yule or whatever floats your spell candle.
Any questions? How did you soap turn out? Leave your comments below.