I love the sweet and warm scent so I have been wanting to make Vanilla soap for ages and finally went ahead. I wasn't quite the succcess I hoped, but it does smell lovely. I had this vanilla in glycerin and it was dark brown. I figured it would make a very dark soap so I thought I'd try to see how my white soap gratings would turn out in a dark brown base. I also wanted to experiment with a cocoa line which I think Tiggy at FuturePrimitive was the first one, at least she does it expertly. So the plan was to have a darker bottom with a cocoa line and then above that a white line! How cool. And on top of the I would have a lighter layer of soap with the white soap shavings and I would have a bit of white soap for decoration. I wanted to see what finely grated soap shavings would look like in a soap. I wasn't thrilled that my Confetti soap resembled Spam just a tad too much.
|I love the way those dollops almost look like flowers.|
I am just about to try it out properly in the bath. I did try the off cuts when it was fresh and it was promising. But here is the recipe.
40% Olive oil
25% Coconut oil
15% Cocoa butter
5% Rape seed oil
I used Vanilla with just a touch of Palmarose, Rosewood and Ylang Ylang to take away the cloying sweetness that pure vanilla can have. I also used both sugar and silk in the lye solution and that should make for a good and silky lather.
So I'm off to have a nice long soap in tub. The weather is miserable, rainy and feels even colder than when it snows. So the warm and comforting scent of the vanilla is going to be lovely and I'll finish with a my precious vanilla oil and dream of spring. At least the snow is melting.