Vanilla pods and/or essence in soap
Thanks for such an informative site! I'd like to know if I can use ordinary food grade vanilla essence in soap making? I'd also love to use the ground up pods as exfoliant and wondered if anyone had tried this already? It seems a waste to throw out the pods once you've used the seeds if they're capable of imparting fragrance.
Vanilla essence for baking contains alcohol and may cause adverse effects in the soap batter like seperation or siezing. It is best to use essential or fragrance oils that are specifically made for soap making.
It sounds like a good idea to give the vanilla pods a try. Perhaps blending them up in the water for the lye solution until they are finely chopped. I would imagine that the bits will bleed as the soap cures but this could look really neat. Think creamy/golden bar with small brown spots...it may come out looking like a cheetah! Of course the spots will probably all blend together eventually but I bet it will still look really cool.