I love coffee….and chocolate! Not just in edible stuff but in my bath and body products too, This love of the chocolate/coffee flavour combo inspired this cold processed layers of chocolate soap that you’ll simply adore. In this post, you’ll learn how to make chocolate and coffee handmade soap.
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Don’t lick the bowl- it’s soap!
Warning! You will have to stop yourself from licking the bowls or taking a quick taste of the rich chocolate and coffee layers as you create them, infused with all the irresistible goodness of chocolate, vanilla and coffee fragrance notes. This soap is not edible!
Great benefits for the skin:
I’ve used only three base oils in this handmade soap, but it does feel really wonderful on the skin. Chocolate is a great moisturiser and it is packed with anti-oxidants. The coffee grains will gently exfoliate while promoting healthy skin. Great benefits without the calories! Who knew?
Only three base oils
The base oils used here were:
- Coconut oil for lots of lather and to ensure a nice, hard bar.
- Sunflower Oil for its high in Vitamin E properties
- Olive Oil for its unequalled luxurious feel on the skin.
Fragrance or Essential Oils?
For this handmade soap I chose chocolate, vanilla and caramel type fragrances. These worked extremely well and in my opinion, made the soap irresistible. Oatmeal, milk and honey (fragrance oil) works quite well here too. If you wish to keep this soap 100% natural, pure essential oils could easily replace the fragrance oils. Try these essential oils.
I’ve used a Cold Process to create these handmade bars as in my opinion no other process yields a higher quality bar. (I can hear the protests of the HP people here)
So let’s get started with the recipe:
16 ounces Sunflower Oil
12 ounces Coconut Oil
4 ounces Olive Oil
4.9 ounces lye crystals
12.5 ounces distilled water
4 tablespoons cocoa powder (no sugar added type)
1 tablespoon coffee granules (do not use instant coffee)
2 tablespoons titanium dioxide
1 teaspoon activated charcoal
1 ounce Espresso fragrance oil
0.5 ounce Chocolate fragrance oil
(note that fragrances can be substituted)
Step 1: CREATE THE LYE SOLUTION.
To do this, weigh the lye crystals (please use gloves), then weigh the distilled water in a separate container. (A digital scale is EXTREMELY important for accurate weights. Get one here>)
Slowly pour the lye crystals into the distilled water and stir well. (Note that fumes will be liberated. Work in a well ventilated space). Set this aside to cool to room temperature.
|lye crystals are poured into the distilled water to create a lye solution|
Step 2: PREPARE THE OILS.
To do this: weigh each oil separately and place in a plastic, glass or stainless steel bowl.
Step 3: PREPARE THE COLOURS
To do this: use a separate mixing bowl for each of the three colours. We have used combinations of cocoa powder, activated charcoal (black) and titanium dioxide (white) to create three different shades of colour for three layers.
In one bowl, place two tablespoons of cocoa powder,1 tablepoon coffee granules and the teaspoon of activated charcoal. (this will be the darkest colour)
In a second bowl, place one tablespoon of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of titanium dioxide. (this will be the lightest colour. For a white layer, you can omit the cocoa powder altogether)
Finally, in a third bowl, place the remaining cocoa powder .
|use a combination of titanium dioxide and cocoa powder for a lighter colour|
|use a combination of cocoa powder and activated charcoal for a darker colour|
Step 4: MIX THE SOAP
When the lye solution has cooled completely, pour it slowly into the combination of oils. Use the stick blender to combine the ingredients. (Don’t have a stick blender? Get one here>)
You will notice a thickening of the soap the longer you mix with the blender. When the mixture gets as thick as a pourable pancake batter, it is time to add the fragrance oils.
Stir in the fragrance oils.
|blend the soap with the stick blender until it gets to the consistency of pourable pancake batter|
Step 5: SEPARATE THE SOAP TO MIX THE COLOURS
Pour three equal portions of the thickened soap into the bowls with the cocoa powder combinations. Use the stick blender to incorporate colour well. Start with the lightest colour and end with the darkest one.
By now the soap should be really thick.
|add the thickened soap to the cocoa powder combinations to create different shades of colour|
Step 6: POUR THE LAYERS INTO THE MOLD
Use a log mold and start by pouring the first layer of soap into the mold. You can choose which colour to use as the base layer. I used the darkest colour and poured my lightest colour last.
When pouring the second and third layers, pour the soap onto a spatula or spoon rather than directly on top of the first layer in the mold.
When you have poured all the layers, shake the soap to settle it and to ensure even distribution in the mold.
|pour any layer first. I poured the darkest first|
Step 7: LEAVE SOAP ALONE
You’ll be tempted to touch it, smell it, move it. Leave the soap alone for the next 24 hours. It will harden up and you will be able to remove it from the mold. If you find that after 24 hours, the soap is still soft, leave it in the mold for another 24 hours. Remove from the mold using gloves.
|Texturised the top with a bit of a swirl|
Step 8: CUT INTO BARS AND CURE
Finally its time to cut the soap into bars. Do this immediately upon removing from the mold. (remember to use gloves) This soap must be cured for 4 weeks before it is ready for use.
Place soap in a well ventilated area for curing. There should be no direct sunlight there, but it should be fairly warm. Turn soaps every few days during the curing process.
|one of my layered soaps,|
Step 9: ENJOY YOUR HANDMADE SOAP
You’re going to enjoy using this handmade soap. It’s got lots of lather, a bit of exfoliation (but it’s not too intense) and wonderful, almost edible fragrance. (yum).
Sign up for our next soap making workshop.
If you live in Trinidad or Tobago, sign up for our next Soap Making Workshop on our website now. I’d love to have you. You’ll learn this very process which is the Cold Process. Check it out>
Here are links to some of the things you need to complete this project. Why not check out our Banana, Milk and Bran soap recipe if you want to try another healthy (inspired by the kitchen) soaps?
Here’s my new book. It’s got 11 recipes and step by step instructions. I think you’ll love it..
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