Cold Process French Vanilla Homemade Soap Recipe

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DIY Cold Process French Vanilla Homemade Soap Recipe

This classic french vanilla homemade soap recipe combines creamy vanilla fragrance with hints of sugar and musk. Plus the addition of lanolin to this homemade cold process soap recipe makes this handmade soap not only feel extra luxurious in the bath, but it also makes it a great shaving soap by giving your razor that extra slip for a smooth shave.

You can “dress up” this vanilla homemade soap recipe with a touch of peppermint and a cream colored layer in the middle by setting aside about a fourth to one third of the soap after you’ve mixed the lye-water into the oils and it’s reached a light trace but BEFORE you add the fragrance oil.

After setting aside a portion of unscented soap, add the french vanilla fragrance oil to the soap in the pot and mix with your stick blender until you reach a medium trace. Pour half of this soap into your prepared mold.

Now add peppermint essential oil or fragrance oil to the soap you’ve set aside. If you reserved 1/3 of the soap add .35 oz. of peppermint essential oil or .9 oz. of peppermint fragrance oil. If you reserved 1/4 of the soap use .26 oz. of peppermint essential oil or .66 oz. of peppermint fragrance oil. Mix well with your stick blender to full trace then pour on top of the first layer of french vanilla soap you poured.

Now pour the remaining french vanilla soap into your soap mold on top of the previous two layers. Dust with pearl, silver, or white sparkle mica powder if desired then cover and set aside for 24 hours before unmolding and cutting your soaps.

To get this french vanilla homemade soap recipe check out the Wholesale Supplies Plus. October 2014 issue of Handmade Magazine here. You can find my homemade soap recipe on page 9.

Looking for more homemade cold process soap recipes?

For more of my homemade soap recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and also be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest! Or check out my past submissions to Handmade Magazine: Bewitching Halloween Pigment Pots Recipe (September 2014), Natural Lavender Milk Soap Recipe (August 2014), Honey, Oatmeal & Banana Soap Recipe (July 2014), Stars Forever Homemade Soap Recipe (June 2014), DIY Sunburn Relief Rescue Soap Recipe (May 2014), Honeysuckle & Rose Homemade Soap Recipe for Mother’s Day (April 2014), Spring Inspired Bamboo Scented Homemade Soap Recipe (March 2014), Deodorizing Cedarwood & Baking Soda Homemade Soap Recipe for Men (February 2014), Silk & Rose Clay Heart Shaped Soap Recipe (January 2014), Handmade Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap Recipe for Men (December 2013), and my Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soap Recipe (November 2013.)

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Handmilled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Homemade Soap Recipe

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DIY Homemade Soap Recipe - Handmilled Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe with Coffee

This homemade soap recipe is made by rebatching or handmilling unscented cold process soap and then adding additional ingredients to give its skin conditioning properties a boost. In lieu of using water in this handmilled soap recipe, I chose instead to use a strong brewed espresso coffee and then combined it with a bourbon vanilla fragrance oil making it a wonderful unisex scent choice for both men and women. Plus, shea and cocoa butters give dry skin that extra bit of love.

This homemade soap recipe is simple to make and the resulting handmilled soaps serve as lovely homemade gifts or DIY wedding favors any time of year. Dad is sure to love these as homemade Father’s Day gifts too!

Homemade Soap Recipe for Making DIY Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Handmilled Soap

Handmilled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


24 oz. unscented cold process soap, grated (Make it!)
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. cocoa butter
2.5 oz. strong brew espresso coffee
1 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
.85 oz. bourbon vanilla fragrance oil


How to Make Homemade Soap by Rebatching or Handmilling

Begin by weighing out the unscented soap using a digital scale – I used my own unscented goat milk soap – then grate into a large bowl.

Homemade Soap Recipe - How to Make Handmilled Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap

Weigh out the espresso coffee, shea butter, cocoa butter and fractionated coconut oil and combine with the grated soap in a stainless steel pot.

Handmilled Soap Recipe - How to Make Homemade Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap

Place the pot on the stove over medium heat until the shea and cocoa butters have melted, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir until the soap looks like it has melted. Stir in the fragrance oil until fully incorporated then remove from heat.

How to Rebatch Soap and a Homemade DIY Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Handmilled Soap Recipe

Spoon the soap evenly into each of the six cavities of a Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold.

Homemade Soap Recipe - DIY Handmilled Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe for Homemade Gifts or DIY Wedding Favors

Once soaps have hardened completely, carefully push each soap bar out of the mold and then set aside to allow excess water to evaporate. This could take several days to a week or more depending on your humidity levels. Then wrap and label as desired.

You may also want to try out these other homemade soap recipes for making handmilled soaps: Men’s Seriously Sexy Homemade Soap Recipe, Natural Handmilled Rosehip Homemade Facial Soap Recipe, Natural Handmilled Lavender & Sea Salt Homemade Soap Recipe, Handmilled Heart Shaped Soap Recipe for Valentine’s Day, and my Homemade Shaving Soap in a Mug Recipe. Or use this same round mold to create your own DIY Melt and Pour Loofah Soaps!

For even more homemade soap recipes, including melt and pour soap recipes and cold process soap recipes visit my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

DIY Homemade Mocha Coffee Vanilla Marshmallows – A Delicious Homemade Gift Idea

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DIY Mocha Coffee Vanilla Homemade Marshmallows - Wonderful Handmade Christmas Gift Idea
After stumbling across The Frugal Girl’s post on how to make homemade marshmallows and then subsequently drooling over all of the homemade marshmallows on etsy, I finally decided to make my own. And really I can’t even take all of the credit for these as Brian did most of the work and I was basically the assistant.
How to Make Homemade Marshmallows - DIY Mocha Coffee Vanilla Flavored Homemade Marshmallows
We used the recipe for homemade marshmallows found on The Frugal Girl and tweaked it to our liking blending in 12 Tablespoons of Instant Mocha Coffee once we poured the water, corn syrup and sugar into our mixing bowl with the water and gelatin. Another fun alternative would be to add freshly grated vanilla bean into the marshmallows when you add the vanilla extract. (You can also use your own DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract!)
Also of note, we did not have a stand mixer. The cheapest stand mixer available that I could find locally was Rival brand and it was $59. Considering that Rival toasters are notorious for burning toast I opted against burning sixty bucks on a stand mixer and bought a hand mixer instead for $6. (Hey, I don’t bake often.) This worked just fine, so don’t feel like you have to use a stand mixer.
Additionally, we did not have a thermometer. But Brian is pretty brainy when it comes to temperatures having made caramels and candies and such previously so he guessed at the temperature using the point at which all of the water boiled off as a gauge. If you aren’t keen on candy making, you may want to opt for a thermometer. (I meant to buy one but totally forgot.)
We also didn’t have a seize or sifter. We instead winged dusting the marshmallows before covering overnight using a strainer and it worked just fine. No sticking. We also used a very large holed pasta strainer to remove the excess powdered sugar from the finished marshmallows after coating them for packaging/eating.
DIY Homemade Marshmallows - Great Homemade Christmas Gift Idea
Brian loved these and couldn’t stop eating them as he was cutting them into squares. The recipe does make a lot of marshmallows though so luckily we still had enough to put in air tight containers to store for snacking on later.
DIY Homemade Mocha Coffee Vanilla Marshmallows - How to Make Homemade Marshmallows
So what are you waiting for? Grab the recipe and ingredients and make your own! Our next batch we are going to experiment with using Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water from The Fresh Market – in separate batches of course. I’m thinking a chocolate rose and I haven’t quite decided on the orange yet. Regardless, I think these would make amazing Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers! Will you be baking any homemade gifts for the holidays this year?

Natural Vanilla and Patchouli Bath Salts Recipe

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This natural vanilla and patchouli bath salts recipe is easy to make but a luxury to soak in! Create your own using natural salts and oils.

This natural vanilla and patchouli bath salts recipe is easy to make but a luxury to soak in! Create your own using natural salts, and organic coconut oil, vanilla and patchouli essential oils.

Natural Vanilla and Patchouli Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


1 Cup coarse sea salt
1/2 Cup Epsom salt
1/2 teaspoon organic fractionated coconut oil (or organic refined coconut oil)
2 mL vanilla essential oil (or organic vanilla absolute oil)
1 mL organic patchouli essential oil


To make this vanilla and patchouli bath salts recipe, begin by combining your salts and mix together. Next measure out your fractionated coconut oil – I like this oil because it has such a long shelf life – and pour in the salts. Using a pipette with mL markings, measure out your vanilla essential oil and add to the salts. Do the same with the patchouli oil using a new pipette. Mix well, then store in an air tight container in a cool, dry location.

Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

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Friday on my way to work I saw an ice cream truck. I seriously thought these things were extinct, but obviously not. This truck was larger than the tiny trucks we had as a kid – I guess size does matter *wink* – and it had the tauntingly eery, traditional ice cream truck music. Fortunately the music didn’t sound like it was dying. Anyhow, it gave me a craving for some ice cream, so I dug around and found some fabulous recipes for DIY ice cream you can make yourself without breaking the bank. Now your waistline… I’m not so sure I can help with that.
Coconut Cream Popsicles. A ridiculously delicious and easy to make ice cream treat made with natural coconut milk, whole milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Compliments of Smile Monsters blog. Yum. You’ll also want to check out the other recipes on this site for Lemony Lemon Popsicles and Mocha Latte Frozen Treats.
Image Copyright © Helene Dujardin 2011
Grilled Peaches, Poached Cherries, and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Now this is an ice cream for foodie fans. It requires a bit more work to make the ice cream and then pit and grill the fruit, but the effort is worth it. This recipe would be perfect for summer parties or for saying “I love you” to your special someone. Grab this recipe on Tartelette blog.
Fresh Lavender Ice Cream. It won’t be long til lavender is in bloom and what better way to use your plucked blossoms than in a delicious summer treat? This lavender ice cream recipe calls for 1/2 cup of fresh lavender florets, whole milk, real vanilla bean, vanilla sugar, heavy cream, and a sugar substitute. They recommend Splenda, but if you want to go all natural, opt for Stevia. You can find this recipe at Eat Drink Better Blog. (If you’re looking for more recipes for your lavender blooms, check out this Lavender Margarita Recipe.)
Fennel Ice Cream. If you’re far from an ice cream “traditionalist” you may want to try this incredibly unique recipe for fennel ice cream. Made with fennel seeds for flavor, “the cream takes on the essential flavor of the seeds, as you would expect, but the butterfat works to soften that flavor, rounding off its pointy edges, turning down the volume on the licorice notes, resulting in a taste that’s almost hard to identify: cool, herbal, smooth, even quiet. It doesn’t scream fennel, by any means. It mostly whispers eat me, ideally with a bowl of sliced strawberries.” You can find this recipe at Orangette Blog.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! So what’s your favorite ice cream flavor?