Homemade soap from shea with vanilla and marigold


Make soap with shea soap base. You will need 600 g soap base to make 6 bars of soap. Add soap dye paste, vanilla essential oil and dried marigold which retains its colour in the bars of soap. Marigold is rich in natural oils which are known to be soothing, cleansing and bactericidal. Remember to place your bar of soap in a soap dish, allowing it to dry out between each use.

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1   Weigh the soap base. You will need 600 g soap base (100 g per finished bar of soap). We recommend you use gloves because the soap base gets hot and because the vanilla essential oil is very concentrated.
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2   You can melt the soap base either in a water bath or in a microwave when it is cut into 3 x 3 cm chunks. Melt in the microwave at 80% power with 30 second intervals and stir between each interval to prevent heat damage.
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3   Add 2.5 cm yellow soap dye paste, and 18 drops of vanilla essential oil. Stir well.
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4   Wash the mould and spray it with rubbing alcohol. Leave to dry.
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5   Sprinkle a thin layer of dried marigold over the bottom of the mould. Pour the molten soap into the mould.
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6   Remove any air bubbles from the surface by spraying with rubbing alcohol. Remove the bars of soap from the mould once hardened after 2-3 hours.
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