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Vanilla and Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe

Vanilla & Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe

Vanilla and Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe

This simple homemade shaving soap recipe is great for beginner soapmakers still getting their feet wet. It combines some pretty basic oils along with lanolin and marshmallow root powder for that extra slip. It’s then scented with a dreamy vanilla and fig fragrance oil.

Vanilla and Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe with Marshmallow Root Powder and Lanolin

Vanilla & Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


13.5 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. sustainable palm oil
13 oz. 76°F melt point coconut oil
2 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. refined shea butter
1 oz. lanolin

5.1 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye
12 oz. distilled water

2 oz. vanilla fig fragrance oil
2 Tablespoons marshmallow root powder


This homemade soap recipe will fit into my DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Mold and  yield approximately 10 – 12 homemade soap bars depending on how thick they are cut. To make this homemade soap recipe follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Prepare and mix the lye-water using a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils, shea butter and lanolin and combine in stainless steel (non-aluminum) pot. Heat on the stovetop over medium heat until all the ingredients have melted, then remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once both the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 95°-100°F you can mix the two together using a stick blender. At light trace add the fragrance oil and marshmallow root powder and mix well to fully incorporate both the fragrance and powder, then pour into your prepared mold. Keep in mind that this fragrance oil will turn the soap a dark brown due to its vanilla content.

Cover and insulate the soap loaf for 24 hours, then unmold and cut into bars. Wrap and label as desired.

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  • Kimberly

    August 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    How is the lather. I’ve heard that olive oil defeats the lather.

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      August 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      It has a great lather once fully cured. Olive oil actually creates a stable lather. In combination with the shea butter, palm oil and coconut oil, it’s very creamy making it perfect for shaving.

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