Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Lather Project: 30 Soaps in 30 Days - Day 15, Soap 15

It’s Day 15 - and we’re already halfway done with The Lather Project! It’s hard to believe - this series is just going by sooooo fast!

Now, several readers were kind enough to cast their vote in our Poll to choose the scent for today’s soap - thank you so much! And the Winner was Amber Vanilla - so exciting!

And we’re also keeping with this week’s theme - soaps that serve a purpose - by creating a bar that works well as both a bath soap and a shampoo bar with Amber Vanilla fragrance.

In creating a soap that can also serve as a Shampoo Bar, I designed the recipe to include oils that would produce a bubbly and creamy lather as well as provide a number of benefits for skin, hair and scalp. While extremely luxurious as a body soap, it will work incredibly well as a shampoo bar, effectively cleansing and naturally moisturizing and nourishing.

And the additives I chose are beneficial for hair, too: Aloe strengthens the hair shaft, makes hair smoother, silkier, and more manageable and a touch of beer provides shine and manageability. Infused rosemary stimulates while chamomile soothes the scalp, promoting growth.

Unfortunately, I won’t be posting photos of this one until the end of the Project. I know that this is a soap that will discolor over time, and I’ve tried some layering that won’t be visible for a week or so - right now, though, it looks exactly like Soap #14 - but smells much, much better!

Here’s the description for Soap #15:

Bellissima Handmade Shampoo & Body Bar Soap in Amber Vanilla

Our amazing Amber Vanilla Shampoo & Body Bar Soap is incredibly lathering and deliciously creamy with our lavish blend of vitamin- & nutrient-enriched veggie & plant oils. Olive oil helps to promote full-bodied hair and a healthy scalp. Meadowfoam seed oil helps to silken hair and aids in detangling. Rice bran and Sunflower oils contains proteins that may help strengthen the hair shaft and prevent split ends. Sweet almond and Cherry Kernel oils add sheen and manageability while moisturizing and conditioning both the hair and scalp.

Amber Vanilla delivers a romantic and sensuous aroma with rich notes of amber, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli and bergamot blending harmoniously with the resonant spicy sweet and warm tones of vanilla. This is a sexy and passionate fragrance, elegant yet intense - definitely distinctive and unforgettable!

Look for the Amber Vanilla Shampoo & Body Bar at our shop in about ten days at

Tune in Tomorrow for Day 16!


  1. You really are moving right along...I like the sounds of Amber Vanilla...sounds so yummy

  2. I can almost smell them , it sounds delicious !

  3. WOOHOO!!! I knew amber vanilla would win eventually.

  4. I like trying the shampoo bars, but I find a lot of them leave my hair feeling as if I just got out of the ocean.. If you find a shampoo bar that leaves your hair beautiful and soft, please let us know!

  5. LillyShayStyle -
    If you're using a Shampoo Bar that's leaving a residue on your hair, try a rinse with 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar added to 1 cup of warm water. Thanks for commenting!

  6. i missed the voting but love the choice! amber vanilla sounds yummy

  7. go vanilla!! love the sweet smell..

  8. Oh This sounds wonderful! I have been wanting a shampoo bar and this scent sounds perfect! :) Can't wait to try it


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