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.