Is there something more comforting than the smell of chocolate?
Think of the smell of chocolate cake, baking in the oven. Now imagine being able to take this scent with you every morning in the shower… Grab your tools and ingredients, and in four weeks this soap could be yours!
Whether it’s Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or just another Tuesday, chocolate soap will always be greeted with “Oh!”, “ah!” and “mmmmmm”. An excellent soap you can keep all to yourself or offer to chocolate lovers in your life.
How to make chocolate soap?
- Protective soapmaking gear
- Scales, accurate to 1 g and 0.01 g
- 1 large Pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot (with a minimum capacity of 500 ml) for the sodium hydroxide solution
- 1 pot for weighing the sodium hydroxide
- Pipettes for the essential oils
- Large stainless steel bowls
- 1 thermometer
- Measuring funnel pitchers (900 ml)
- 4 ramekins
- 1 immersion blender
- Several spoons
- 1 silicone spatula
- Soap mold
- 675 g (30.74%) of olive oil
- 270 g (12.3%) of palm oil
- 270 g (12.3%) of coconut oil
- 135 g (6.15%) of cocoa butter
- 101 g (4.6%) of sesame oil
- 7 g (0.32%) of cocoa powder
- 36 g (1.64%) of cocoa absolute
- 36 g (1.64%) of vanilla aromatic essence
- 3 g (0.14%) of vanilla beans specks
- Optional: 2 g of titanium dioxide
To keep in mind
- Vanilla Aromatic Essence will darken your soap. If you are hoping to have it be whiter, add the titanium dioxide.
- Because of the trace accelerant in the recipe, the temperature of both the lye mixture and the oils need to be below 30ºC.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Take the necessary precautions for handling sodium hydroxide safely.
- Prepare the sodium hydroxide solution: measure the water and sodium hydroxide separately; pour the sodium hydroxide into the water, contained in a Pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot; mix together and leave to cool.
- Disperse the cocoa powder in a few tablespoons of olive oil table (keep some of the olive oil aside for this purpose). This step eliminates lumps when adding the cocoa powder to the soap.
- Weigh the butters and solid oils in a large bowl and melt in the double boiler. Once all has melted, add the liquid oils and mix well.
- When the oils and sodium hydroxide have both cooled less than 30ºC, add the sodium hydroxide solution to the oils. The difference between the two mixtures should be no greater than 3ºC.
- Separate the soap into two equal parts. In the first half, add the cocoa powder mix and the cocoa absolute. In the second half, add the vanilla bean specks and the Vanilla aromatic essence. You will end up with two blends with different scents and colors.
- Mix until you reach a moderately thick trace, in order to be able to easily spoon the soap into layers.
- Use a spoon to gently place one spoonful at a time of the vanilla soap into the mold, being careful to leave space in between.
- Do the same with the chocolate soap paste.
- Alternate between the colors.
- With a wooden skewer or the stem of your thermometer, draw swirling shapes on the soap to create a beautiful pattern on the top of your soap.
- Cover the soap and let it set for 24 hours.
- Cut the soap and let dry for 4 to 6 weeks.