It all started the first Christmas Doug and I were married. I put a bar of Scottish Fine Soap in Doug’s stocking. He liked it so much, the following Christmas I gave him a year’s supply of soap. The next year, however, the kind of soap he liked could only be imported from Scotland. We looked for other quality soaps, and that’s when I started noticing that a lot of the best soaps were handmade.
I decided I could learn how to make soap. The result? A handmade bar that is, as Doug described it, as exceptional as the original Christmas bar. It’s an all-vegetable soap made of saponified olive, coconut, and palms oils, plus shea butter. It was really easy and fun to make: