How to make Vanilla & Coconut soaps
I’ve been feeling really crafty lately and especially coming up to Christmas. There are so many things you can make yourself that make really nice Christmas gifts, but also really useful things...
I recently partnered up with Stephenson Personal Care to be one of their ‘soapologists‘. I am a quite a crafty person, especially if I can make something that is useful either for myself or someone else. The best thing about making your own soaps is that the options are more or less endless. I love my baking, but sometimes I get a bit stuck with the same old ingredients. I’ve really enjoyed getting started making soaps, letting the imagination run wild. I started quite conservatively though, but with a couple of my favourite ingredients: coconut and vanilla.
I used half a clear soap base from Stephenson as well as about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, about the same amount of desiccated coconut, and a whole vanilla pod. I cut the soap base into cubes and heated on medium heat until melted, then added the rest of the ingredients and mixed it all together. I had bought 4 flower molds to use for the soaps and half of one base was the perfect amount for the 4 of them.
Because of the difference in density, the coconut floated to the top and the vanilla mainly sank to the bottom which gave the soaps a more interesting look. Both coconut and vanilla are quite delicate scents but compliment each other perfectly. Because of the coconut oil in the soap it becomes a nourishing soap as well, taking care of your hands as well as making them clean! I really enjoyed making these soaps, it is such a simple and fun way to create something special that you can share and give away as a present.
A huge thanks to Kristina Bergwall from the Mode of Style blog for this fantastic recipe!
Kristina is a creative lifestyle/fashion & Beauty blogger living in Leeds, UK, and recently joined our Blog Partner programme to work with our soaps to create fantastic blog recipies.