Hand made soap - A challenge with Amba Hotels

I think that other than food I spend most of my money on cosmetics. It can be a right pain and I tend to spend more money than necessary because I am against animal testing and it always tends to be more expensive. I also have horrendously sensitive skin so there are a couple of 'hero' products that others swear by but I can't use because my skin clearly doesn't agree with the chemicals involved.

For a mothers day fun event (sadly not with my mum), I was invited by Amba Hotels* to make my own soap and bathbombs - from the beginning this would have been a day full of hilarity and (from my half) epic fail. I was proven right on both counts.

Whenever you plonk a bunch of bloggers into a room together, it's bound to be interesting. Let's face it, none of us shut up but there are still some things that we keep to ourselves (well, off the internet) but meeting eachother is a way to find out our darkest/most embarassing secrets. Apparently a phobia of pregnant women is actually a thing and people started to realise just how obsessed with British comedy Charlie, Distracted and I are when we found out the Fawlty Towers Dining Experience was in the next room. I did shout 'BASIL' a couple of times and asked for 'A gin and orange, a lemon squash and a scotch and water please!'

Once we had all settled down again, the rest of the fun could begin. And it was more difficult than you would think even though it was a piece of cake IN THEORY.

Through a simple combination of liquid soap, vodka (yes, vodka), food colouring and essential oils we started off making a solid bar, I went for vanilla and strawberry and was very proud that I got it right.


Next up was a jelly soap. I buy quite a lot of this from Lush and have been using it for years. I was surprised to see just how easy it was was to make and if I made it in bulk then I could probably save a fortune. My first attempt was a bit foamy but I was very happy when it set and I had my own little jelly.

The bath bombs... they're an entirely different story. I'm pretty sure most of the people in the room also failed at this. I thought I had succeeded once mine was taken out of the mould and decided to make another one... but then it started to sink and became a lime green pancake. OH WELL!

All in all, this was so much fun and I think I'll have to try it all again at home so a massive thank you to the Amba Hotel for inviting me.

Have you ever made your own soap?

*I was invited to attend this event for free but all views are my own


  1. Hobbycraft sells kits to make your own soaps and I've always been keen to have a go. This sounds like such a fun day :)

    Emma xx


    1. That's exciting. There isn't a Hobbycraft near me but I'm assuming I'd be able to get it all online.

      AJ x


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