Chocolate Mint Layered Soap

Lately I have been craving any chocolate that I could get my paws on. (I mean hands!) Now, I truly mean any chocolate. Chocolate bars, chocolate chips, chocolate ice cream, brownies, chocolate shakes, you name it. If it contained chocolate, I wanted it 10 minutes ago. :razz: I’m beginning to feel like I should be suffering from Chocolate Fever or The Chocolate Touch. (Both of these books have been in my personal library since I was a young girl and I would highly recommend them. The links will take you to Amazon, but I suggest checking your local library or bookstore for these books first. Amazon will give the pictures of the covers and author information.)

Last week I decided that I needed to make a chocolate soap. I thought that if I acknowledged the craving in a way that wouldn’t be calorie laden, then the craving would subside. My only problem is that I’ve made a chocolate cold process soap before and I wanted to try something new. Looking for inspiration, I remembered a post that was released 2 years ago this month! I had visited Becky in her soap workshop and she showed me how she made soap. Her layered Fourth of July soap was the basic inspiration for my layered Chocolate Mint Soap. I made two separate batches of soap so I could have layers without dividing the raw soap. Each batch was 1 pound and I filled a mold that holds a 2 pound batch.

I’ve been finding any excuse possible to go check on my soap and take a big whiff. I’ve been told that it smells just like a York Peppermint Patty or a Junior Mint. All I know is that I still want chocolate and now I want to make peppermint brownies. Maybe I’ll make plain brownies. Either way, off to the blog kitchen to share the “how to” for this yummy soap.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Sweet Almond Oil
Castor Oil
Cocoa Butter, Regular
Palm Kernel Oil
Palm Oil
Sodium Hydroxide
Water (I used Reverse Osmosis Water)
Baking Chocolate
Mint Green Dry Color
Peppermint Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Mold of your choice (I will be using my Guerrilla Mold.)
Immersion Blender
Time spent:
Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 20 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 2 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 15 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 3 minutes
Pour into mold: 10 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours
Recipe in ounces: (Make two times)
3 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
1 ounce Castor Oil
2 ounces Cocoa Butter, Regular
5 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
5 ounces Palm Oil
2.23 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
6 ounces Water (I used Reverse Osmosis Water) 

Batch 1 Additions:
0.25 ounce Baking Chocolate
0.28 ounce Peppermint Essential Oil

Batch 2 Additions:
1 tsp Mint Green Dry Color
0.28 ounce Peppermint Essential Oil

Since this is a layered soap, I made two batches each weighing one pound. The fixed oils and essential oil were the same for both batches. The only difference is that I used Baking Chocolate to color Batch 1 and the Mint Green to color Batch 2.

Weigh fixed oils for both batches on your scale. Gently warm the fixed oils, one batch at a time, on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water for both batches. Mix well. Weigh the Peppermint Essential Oil in two beakers and set aside.

Batch 1:
Add the Baking Chocolate to the melted oils. Mix until the Baking Chocolate has been completely melted. Combine the fixed oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. For me, this took almost 90 seconds to reach the thin trace. After the soap reached this point I added the Peppermint Essential Oil and mixed well. Once the fragrance was completely mixed into the raw soap, I poured the soap into the Guerrilla Mold. I allowed the soap to sit as I began mixing the second batch.

Batch 2:
Add the Mint Green Dry Color to the melted oils. Mix until the oil has completely suspended the Mint Green Dry Color. Combine the fixed oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Again, this took almost 90 seconds to reach the thin trace. After the soap reached this point I added the Peppermint Essential Oil and mixed well. Once the fragrance was completely mixed into the raw soap, I poured the soap onto a rubber scraper over the Guerrilla Mold to prevent divots in the chocolate layer. I allowed the soap to sit until was firm.

The next morning the soap was cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Notes:
This soap has an ammonia like odor for the first 24 hours after cutting. After this time has passed, the soap has a chocolate mint odor. The colors will leave a slight coloration on a white washcloth, but it does wash out of the washcloth easily.

Thanks for joining me on my latest soaping adventure. I don’t think this soap helped cure my need for chocolate, but maybe it will help you! I at least hope this soap has inspired you to make something different. I know it has inspired me to try a few new ideas.

The Chocolate Mint Layered soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders. I really want to hear your comments about this soap. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one and if we have any samples we will send them to you.

Enjoy!

Finished Soap.
Weighed oils.
Almost completely melted oils.
Adding the baking chocolate to Batch 1 oils.
Mixing the oils and baking chocolate.
Adding the lye solution to the oils.
Mixing the raw soap.

Pouring the Batch 1 into the mold.

Adding the Mint Green Dry Color to the oils.
Mixing the raw soap.

Continuing to pour raw soap into the mold.
Mixing the color and oils together.
Beginning to pour into the mold.

Soap after 24 hours.
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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Mint Layered Soap”

  1. I found Lye at the local Ace HardWare store it says right on it house hold lye 100%. It might be a good idea to add that to your where to find lye section cause it comes in 16 oz. containers for around 4$. perfect size for the beginner to start out with. They also carry all the safety gear that you need to work with lye.

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