Energizing Rosemary Peppermint Soap Recipe

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The scent of rosemary is used in aromatherapy to promote focus, memory, and reduce brain fog. Peppermint is purported to help energize and refresh the mind and body. And both of them are effective natural deodorizers. That?s why I combined these two scents for my morning shower soap (well, that and they smell awesome together). I love this energizing rosemary peppermint soap for my morning shower because it helps me to wake up, clean up, and feel ready for the day.

Rosemary Mint Cold Process Soap. Naturally deodorize and refresh with this handmade soap.

Soap vs. Body Wash

You may think that your body wash is just a type of liquid soap, but actually the reason why it is called ?body wash? is because it isn?t soap at all. It is a detergent. You know, like you use on your dirty dishes.

Soap can only be called soap if it goes through the saponification process of turning fats and oils in water and sodium hydroxide into soap. This process makes the most nourishing, gentlest, and healthiest cleanser for your skin, which is why soap is the only thing I use to get clean. No mystery body washes in this household!

A stack of homemade rosemary spearmint soap bars

Soap retains the natural glycerin that?s created in the soap-making process. Products like beauty bars and body washes are detergents, or a recipe of ingredients that, combined together, cleanse your skin. Glycerin has been removed from these products because it is much too valuable to leave in there and make a big profit. Then a bunch of other artificial ingredients have been added to mask the missing glycerin.

That?s why I use soap in my morning shower every day. It?s the healthiest way to cleanse the body, and this particular soap wakes up my mind with its refreshing scent combination of rosemary and peppermint.

rosemary and spearmint essential oil next to the fresh herbs and soap in a mold

Rosemary and Peppermint: a Winning Combination

Rosemary is an excellent natural deodorizer and peppermint?s bright scent leaves you feeling fresh. The invigorating scent and natural cleansing properties of both of these essential oils makes this combination the perfect choice for your everyday morning soap.

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Energizing Rosemary Peppermint Soap Recipe

Makes 36 oz total; approximately 7 x 5 oz bars; or will fill a 2 lb soap mold


Mix temp 115?F


  • 7 oz 
  • 17 oz 
  • 2 oz 

Lye mixture

  • 78 grams  (NaOH)
  • 215 grams filtered water

Scent and Color

  • Scent with 10ml  and 10ml essential oils
  • Color with 
  • Gently stir in  to make a darker green swirl
  • Add in 1/4 tsp of finely chopped dried mint tea leaves

Make it!

Head over to and follow the instructions there.

rosemary spearmint soap setting in a mold

I like using the cold process technique for this soap, but if you want something even easier, you can use a pre-made soap base and add peppermint and rosemary to that. For info on this technique, check out my own book on handmade soap the easy way (using the melt and pour method): .

handmade soap bar resting on a nail brush

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You have come to the right place if you are looking to get started with making your own natural beauty products and stock up your home apothecary.Home Apothecary supplies and resources

This resource guide is a companion page for my books on plant-based skincare, and . If you don?t yet have a copy of either of these books, to purchase them.

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These two books both contain recipes that use ingredients from my own natural beauty apothecary, where I keep dried botanicals from the garden, various natural colorants, skin-nourishing oils, waxes, and butters, pure essential oils, and more.


My personal apothecary is a wonderful source of wellness and creativity (just looking at all of my supplies gives me inspiration for new recipes), and I want to encourage you to make your own. This resource guide will give you a ton of ideas for what to stock your own home apothecary with and how to find the various ingredients that are useful to have on hand, as well as equipment like double boilers and supplies for packaging.

My own apothecary has taken shape in what used to be my garage. Now it is a place where all of my natural beauty and herbal supplies are kept, so when I want to make a project I simply head out to the studio and begin creating! As you can see, it?s my happy place.

The garden studio is the perfect place for drying flowers and herbs because it is cooler than the house but dry and protected. Right now I have hops and a ton of flowers hanging to dry.

flowers drying on a rack

My apothecary garden shed is my happy place, and whether you have a whole studio or just a shelf to devote to it, I hope you will be inspired to begin your own home apothecary too. Here you will find everything from the ingredients to the tools you will need to get started making your own DIY plant-based beauty products from the books.

See all of the books that have been created in my studio .

In many cases, you will have everything you need in your kitchen, in other cases, you may need to purchase some of the supplies. This resources and supplies page is updated regularly to ensure that the items you need to make these projects can be accessed easily.

DIY Natural Beauty Recipes Supplies and Resources

If you are here to get a handle on your shopping list so you can start making your own DIY plant-based beauty products and stock your apothecary, then let?s get to it! The supplies are listed by category so you can easily find recipe ingredients and materials from the two books. If the text is green, then it is a link you can click to take you straight to where you can buy the item mentioned. Some of the links go to affiliates which means that I get a small commission on each sale.

Equipment, Tools, and Supplies for the Home Apothecary

Brushes and Sponges

Labels and Tags

Many of the labels, tags, gift boxes, and bags that I use are from where I collaborate as a blogger. I have written 120 projects for Evermine with different customized labels each time. See all of my Evermine projects .

I have also created a number of free canning label designs in both regular and wide-mouth sizes. For these, all you need is label paper and a printer.

See . Download and print the different designs from the links below:

  •  (3 different designs to choose from)

DIY Lip Balm Labels

Want a durable label for your homemade lip balm that looks great but is simple to make? Use a piece of duct tape! (I used  but there are plenty more decorative options to be found.)


Tubes, tins, and pots for natural beauty projects are usually only available at specialty soap-making shops. You can certainly reuse the containers from store-bough cosmetics, just wash them well and boil to sterilize. You may also need some to remove the labels. If you are making large batches or want sparkling new containers, here are some that I use regularly.

  • (for tub tea)

Mason Jars

Mason jars are wonderful for natural beauty products. I would suggest buying if you are going to keep them in the shower, as the metal ones will rust when exposed to moisture. Here are the ones that I like to use most of the time:


Ingredients for the Home Apothecary

Oils & Butters


Essential Oils

There is much variety in quality for essential oils and in price as there is no separate regulation for essential oils. The best way to get started with essential oils is to purchase a starter pack and start using them. Remember, essential oils are powerful and should only be used with the approval of a healthcare practitioner. Many of the recipes in this book only contain a few drops of an essential oil, which may make you question whether or not it is necessary. But with these small-batch recipes and the potency of essential oils, it really does make a world of difference to have even 1-2 drops.

The essential oils I use the most in my plant-based beauty recipes are as follows:

Dried Flowers and Herbs

Natural Colorants 

Ground up dried herbs and other organics work well as natural colors in your handmade beauty products. While you may not get the same bright hues as with synthetic colors, you will get natural tints and the peace of mind that what is going on your skin is good for you.

  • Green ?,
  • Golden yellow ?
  • Yellow ?
  • Orange (yellowish) ?
  • Orange (reddish) ?
  • Pink ?
  • Purple ?
  • Brown ?



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Home Apothecary by Stephanie Rose

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