This is day three in my 30 day blogging challenge. My goal this month is to post one recipe every day. You can see day one here and day two here. These recipes feature natural colorants and additives and are scented using natural essential oil blends.

Vanilla Bean Fiber Exfoliating Cold Process Soap

They will all fit into a 10″ silicone loaf mold (affiliate link–P5199.aspx?bb=5) from Bramble Berry. So let’s get started!

vanilla bean fiber

Featured Ingredients:

Vanilla Bean Fiber – After the extraction of vanilla, the beans are dried and ground down. This natural fiber makes an excellent exfoliant and gives the soap a gentle speckled look.

Apricot Kernel Oil – AKO is great for elder skin, irritated skin and damaged/dry skin. It softens and moisturizes.

Vanilla Bean Fiber Exfoliating Cold Process Soap Recipe

Coconut oil – 12 oz.
Cocoa butter – 2 oz.
Olive oil – 12 oz.
Apricot kernel oil – 2 oz.
Avocado oil – 2 oz.
Castor oil – 2 oz.

Lye – 4.6 oz.
Water – 9 oz.

Vanilla Bean Fiber – 2 teaspoon (add more or less based on your exfoliation preference)

Essential Oil Blend:

Vanilla Oleoresin – 20 grams
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil – 15 grams
Cassia Essential Oil – 5 grams
Bergamot Essential Oil – 15 grams

Basic Soapmaking Process:

New to soapmaking? Visit our basic tutorial here.

Step 1 – Wearing safety gear, weigh out the lye and water into two separate containers.

Step 2 – Pour the lye into the water while stirring. Place in a safe place and let cool while you prepare the oils.

Step 3 – Weigh out the hard oils/butters and melt.

Step 4 – Weigh the liquid oils into the melted oils/butters. This helps cool the oils down.

Step 5 – Add essential oils and additives to the melted oils. Stick-blend to get rid of clumps if any occur.

Step 6 – Once both the lye solution and oils have cooled to under 100° F, add the lye solution to the oils and mix to trace. Be sure to wear goggles and gloves!

Step 7 – Pour the soap into your mold.

Step 8 – Unmold, cut and cure your soap for at least four weeks.


Happy Soaping!

Amanda Gail


pssssst – Do you want more cold process soap recipes featuring natural additives and essential oil blends? Check out Lovin’ Soap Studio Cold Process Soap Recipe Book! This recipe book contains 50 recipes for cold process soap and 64 essential oil blends. You can get it as a PDF eBook here or a printed book here.

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