Eeek! I swear the new year just started, but February is already sneaking up on us. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for gifts. As much as I love the candy and flowers, I think it is nicer to receive a handmade gift!
If you need an idea, then try out this Sweet Chocolate Mousse Soap. This soap smells just like the candy that comes in those heart-shaped boxes and definitely costs a lot less than one of those oversized stuffed teddy bears.
I am so excited about how this soap turned out. The chocolaty smell of Cocoa Butter mixed with the Chocolate Mousse makes this soap smell so sweet!
I’ve given few samples of this soap to the Shipping Department to include with orders, so don’t forget to request a sample with your next order. You might find a new favorite soap for yourself!
Palm Kernel Oil
Soybean Oil, hydrogenated
Chocolate Mousse Fragrance Oil
Microwave Safe Container
A mold of your Choice (I used a Rubbermaid Drawer Organizer #2915 lined with plastic wrap.)
|Recipe in Grams
56.70 grams Cocoa Butter
113.40 grams Palm Kernel Oil
170.10 grams Olive Oil
113.40 grams Soybean Oil
177 milliliters Water
61.52 grams Sodium Hydroxide (lye)
10.21 grams Chocolate Mousse Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Ounces
2 oz Cocoa Butter
4 oz Palm Kernel Oil
6 oz Olive Oil
4 oz Soybean Oil
6 oz Water
2.17 oz Sodium Hydroxide (lye)
0.36 oz Chocolate Mousse Fragrance Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
12.5% Cocoa Butter
25% Palm Kernel Oil
37.5% Olive Oil
25% Soybean Oil
Q.S. Sodium Hydroxide (lye)
Q.S. Chocolate Mousse Fragrance Oil
To figure out how much Lye I needed, I used our handy dandy Lye Calculator. If you haven’t used this feature, then you need to go check it out. It will make your soap making so much easier! You can see my calculations by clicking here.
To make this soap I weighed out all of my ingredients into a beaker then microwaved it, stirring occasionally. Once the oils were fully melted, I set them aside and allowed them to cool. While my oils were in the microwave, I mixed the Sodium Hydroxide and water together for my lye solution.
Once my oils and lye solution cooled to around 130° F, I was ready to mix them together. The cold January weather here in Utah means that my soap needed a little bit more heat to help jump-start the saponification process. I gently poured the lye solution into the oil and began mixing with the immersion blender. As soon as my raw soap mixture had reached light trace, I added the Chocolate Mousse Fragrance and stirred again to thoroughly mix. After the raw soap and fragrance were thoroughly mixed, I poured the concoction into my mold and left it on the counter where it could sit for 24 hours before cutting.
The coolest thing about this soap is that when you first cut it, the bars will have a creamy tan color. As the soap dries and the air moves around it, the bars of soap will become darker. If you want a darker chocolate colored soap, I’d recommend adding some cocoa powder to the soap. It also will help give the delightful chocolaty aroma a boost.
If you make any cute soaps for Valentine’s Day, please send pictures our way! We always love to see your creations.