Single Oil Soap -Cocoa Butter, Regular

I love Cocoa Butter. I have loved it ever since I was a little girl. I mean, who can complain about a butter smelling like chocolate?! In this single oil soap adventure, I wanted to test a soap with just Cocoa Butter. Come join me for this delightful adventure! 

Needed Materials

Ingredients
Cocoa Butter, Regular
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Water
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Immersion Blender
Spoons
Mold

Recipe

Recipe in Grams
454 grams Cocoa Butter, Regular
58 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
177 mL Water
Recipe in Ounces
16 oz Cocoa Butter, Regular
2.05 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
6 oz Water
Recipe in Percentages
100% Cocoa Butter, Regular
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Water

Weigh the Cocoa Butter, Regular into a microwave safe container. Heat until warm. This took about 2 1/2 minutes for me. Add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Enjoy!

I didn’t have any accelerated trace or any other problems when mixing the soap. However, I was startled to find that after 24 hours, the soap still smelled like chocolate! I had expected it to act more like Virgin Coconut Oil. If you remember, I tested the Virgin Coconut Oil in a soap, but the scent of the coconut did not come through. Imagine my surprise when this soap still smelled like chocolate!

The Cocoa Butter made a really hard bar of soap and it will get harder the more it cures. This is not a soap I would want to have edges. When I went to wash with it, I was surprised at how creamy it felt. I even got some random bubbles. It wasn’t lather but there were some bubbles there. My hands also felt clean after washing, not oily like with the Avocado Oil Soap. I might be tempted to make this soap again. It is a must try!

Taylor

Soap

Weighing Cocoa Butter

Melted Cocoa Butter

Mixing Lye Solution

Adding Lye Solution

Mixing Soap

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Single Oil Soap -Cocoa Butter, Regular, 4.7 out of 5 based on 3 ratings

3 Comments

  • Cee says:

    A soap made with too high a % of cocoa butter will be hard and prone to cracking. Limit cocoa butter to around 15% of your total fats and oils. Use it to counterbalance the stickiness of certain fats such as shea butter and lanolin. You don’t need much. I use 6% to make MMS Shaving Soap — found in the Recipes Section. Excellent lather and feel!

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  • safiya says:

    hi im new to soapmaking and just wanted to find out how you know what percentage to use and how to measure

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    • Tina says:

      When making single oil soaps for testing purposes there isn’t any percentage to worry about. Calculating lye on our Lye Calculator will give you the amount of lye to use for the fat you are using. I suggest leaving 5 to 6% excess fat in your batch, the same as when making most soaps that are blends of oils and fats.

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