Chocolate is one of those naturally yummy foods that has a sweet yet full aroma that many people love. When you create a chocolate soap, you are looking to get this fragrance across, as well as have the natural properties of the chocolate as well. Chocolate soap is quite good for the skin because chocolate itself is good for the skin! It has natural rejuvenating and stimulating properties which can boost the skin’s collagen producing systems.
When making chocolate soap, try to use baking chocolate that is at least 75% cacao. This is the best kind of chocolate, next to pure chocolate because it is rich in cacao, which is what we want in our chocolate soap. Milk chocolate and white chocolate are not really chocolate. Though popular to eat, they have been ‘diluted’ with other ingredients and will not have the properties we are looking for. So be sure to check the cacao percentage of your chocolate!
Try out this recipe for chocolate soap and give your skin some special treatment every time you use it.
-2.34 ounces of lye
-6 ounces of water
-6 ounces of coconut oil
-2 ounces of olive oil
-2 quarter ounces of 75% cacao baking chocolate
-8 ounces of shortening
- Mix the lye and water in a cup, making sure the lye completely dissolves. This will heat up a little so set it aside to cool.
- In a bowl, melt the coconut oil and olive oil till heated. Add the chocolate and allow it to melt. As soon as it is melted, remove from heat and let it cool.
- Ideally, the lye mixture and the oil and chocolate mixture should have both cooled to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Once this has been achieved, pour the lye mixture slowly into the oil and chocolate mixture while you stir.
- Once all the lye mixture has been poured in, use a stick blender to blend everything together. The low setting should be ideal.
- Blend in bursts till your soap achieves trace.
- Pour the soap mixture into molds and set the molds aside. Cover the molds with a towel so that saponification takes place faster.
- After 48 hours, remove the soap from molds and allow it to cure on a drying rack for about 3 weeks.