This past weekend, one of my best friends came to visit. She and I have known each other since those uncomfortable junior high days of braces, over-sized glasses and zero sense of style. Fortunately, we survived the preteen years and have come out the other side with an awesome friendship and (hopefully) a little less adolescent awkwardness.
We spent this past weekend hanging out downtown, eating great food, reminiscing about old times and of course, crafting. I couldn’t wait to share my new love of soap-making. I’ll admit, after my last soaping mishap I was a bit nervous to create my own recipe. But when you’re crafting with friends, the mistakes are half as frustrating and the successes twice as fun, so why not give it another shot?
After researching soaping oils and shopping for ingredients (we found everything we needed at my local grocery store), we came up with a simple chocolate hazelnut recipe that’s perfect for holiday gifts and almost delicious enough to eat!
What kinds of fun DIY projects have you done with friends?
Chocolate Hazelnut Soap
Makes about sixteen 2.5 ounce bars of soap
For the full cold process soap making instructions, check out Tiffany’s beginner’s soap making tutorial.
11.2 oz. canola oil (35% of total oils)
1.6 oz. hazelnut oil (5% of total oils)
9.6 oz. coconut oil (30% of total oils)
9.6 oz. olive oil (30% of total oils)
10 oz. water
4.5 oz. lye
Add 1/2 ounce of bakers chocolate and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to your melted oils. Make sure chocolates are completely mixed into the oils, then combine with lye solution and complete the soap making process.
Remember to let your soaps cure for 4-6 weeks before using or gifting!