Soap paper is very thin slices of soap that can be used anywhere. Using a small piece of soap paper is cleaner and neater than using drippy soap and messy bars that everyone else has used. Paper rose soap is shaped into rose buds and makes a thoughtful and unusual gift. Use a bar of your favourite skin care soap and rose fragrance oil or essential oil. Once the soap rose buds are finished, pack them carefully in a gift box with waxed paper.
Bring water to a boil in the bottom of your double boiler or in a saucepan. Turn the heat down so that the water simmers and produces steam. Place the top of the double boiler or a glass bowl on the bottom pan. The water shouldn't touch the bottom of the bowl or the top part of the double boiler.
Cut or grate the soap into small pieces and place them in the top of the double boiler. Let the soap melt slowly until it is thin and pours easily. Stir in 4 to 10 drops of rose essential oil or fragrance oil and stir.
Place the cake pan upside down on the counter and pour a thin layer of soap over it. Keep the remaining soap warm in the double boiler. Let the soap firm up but don't let it get too hard.
Scrape a strip of soap 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide from the pan, using the metal spatula. Roll it into a rose bud. If you want a fuller rose, scrape off another layer and wrap it around the bud to form more petals. Shape the petals with your scissors if you want more definition.
Let the soap roses firm up completely and then pack them gently in a gift box lined with waxed paper.
Make two batches of soap and add colour to one. Pour alternating strips of soap very thinly on the bottom of the baking pan. Make sure each strip you scrape up has a bit of both colours.
It may take a little practice to perfect your roses, but you can remelt your less beautiful efforts and try again. If the soap hardens too quickly, remelt it with a teaspoonful or two of water.