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.
- 2 bowls
- HDPE soap mould
- 4 ramekins (for aromatic essences and powders)
- Immersion blender
- Silicone spatula
- 101g of sesame oil
- 7g of cocoa powder
- 36g of cocoa absolute
- 36g of vanilla aromatic essence
- 3g of vanilla beans specks
- Optional: 2g of titanium dioxide
- Gather all the equipment you need to make soap
- Read these safety instructions for using lye (caustic soda, sodium hydroxide).
- Read the recipe all the way through, to familiarize yourself with the steps.
- Put on your soapmaker’s uniform: gloves, safety goggles (even if your wear glasses), apron, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes.
To keep in mind
- Vanilla Aromatic Essence will darken your soap. If you are hoping to have it be whiter, add the titanium dioxide.
- Since the Vanilla AE is alcohol-based, it will accelerate trace. You will need to work quickly once it has been incorporated to be able to place the layers into the molds. This is why this recipe is considered “advanced”.
- 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
1. 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.
2. Follow steps 1 through 3 here. Remember that both parts of the recipe need to cool to under 30ºC before being mixed.
3. 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.
4. Mix until you reach a moderately thick trace, in order to be able to easily spoon the soap into layers.
5. 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.
6. Do the same with the chocolate soap paste.
7. Alternate between the colors.
8. 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.
9. Cover the soap and let it set for 24 hours.
10. Cut the soap and let dry for 4 to 6 weeks.