Chocolate & Vanilla Layered Soap 5

Yesterday I shared the Chocolate Mint Layered Soap. While it was fun to make the soap, I do have to say that chocolate and mint reminds me of the winter holiday season, not the summer! I decided to make another layered soap with chocolate layers, but this time I wanted to use a vanilla layer. This made me think of several fond memories involving chocolate and vanilla. 

After all, my favorite childhood summertime memories involve chasing down the ice cream man and his truck so I could buy a ice cream sandwich. I also remember going down the street to the pharmacy that also had a small grocery section for Oreos. During the school year I didn’t go often, but I tried to go as often as I could during the summer. Who wouldn’t if they could?

While this layered soap doesn’t look exactly like an ice cream sandwich or an Oreo cookie, it does bring back those memories of a chocolate covered face and fingers. I made three separate batches of soap so I could have layers without dividing the raw soap. Each batch was 11 ounces and I filled a mold that holds a 2 pound batch. Join me in the blog kitchen to make soap as we stroll down memory lane.

Finished soap.

Collect needed items: 

Sweet Almond Oil
Castor Oil
Cocoa Butter, Regular
Coconut Oil
Palm Oil
Sodium Hydroxide
Water (I used Reverse Osmosis Water)
Baking Chocolate
Titanium Dioxide
Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
Soap Spoon
Mold of your choice (I will be using my Guerrilla Mold.)
Immersion Blender
Time spent:
Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water for each batch: 20 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time for each batch: 2 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture for each batch: 15 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution for each batch: 3 minutes
Pour into mold (total time): 90 seconds approximately 30 seconds for each batch
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours
Recipe in ounces: (Make three times)
1.4 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
1.4 ounces Castor Oil
1.4 ounces Cocoa Butter, Regular
3.5 ounces Coconut Oil
3.5 ounces Palm Oil
1.6 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
4 ounces Water (I used Reverse Osmosis Water) 

Batch 1 Additions:
0.2 ounce Baking Chocolate

Batch 2 Additions:
1 tsp Titanium Dioxide
0.75 once Water
0.2 ounce Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil

Batch 3 Additions:
0.2 ounce Baking Chocolate

Since this is a layered soap, I made three batches each weighing 11.2 ounces. The fixed oils were the same for all three batches. The only difference is that I used Baking Chocolate to color Batches 1 & 2 and Titanium Dioxide and Vanilla Cream Fragrance in Batch 2.

Weigh fixed oils for all the batches 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 all batches. Mix well. Weigh the Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil into a small beaker and the Titanium Dioxide and water into another beaker 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. I then poured the soap into the Guerrilla Mold. I allowed the soap to sit as I began mixing the second batch.

Batch 2:
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 Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil, the Titanium Dioxide solution and mixed well. Once the fragrance and color 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.

Batch 3:
I repeated the same process for this batch as I had done for 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. I poured the soap onto a rubber scraper over the Guerrilla Mold to prevent divots in the vanilla layer. I allowed the soap to rest for 24 hours.

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.

This soap has an ammonia like odor for the first 24 hours after cutting. After this time has passed, the soap has a chocolate and vanilla odor that is perfectly reminiscent of ice cream sandwiches. The chocolate layers 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 finally think this soap was the one that helped cure my need for chocolate! 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 & Vanilla 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.


Weighing the fixed oils.

Melted oils with baking chocolate.

Adding the lye solution.

Pouring the first layer of soap.

Adding the lye solution.

Beginning to mix the oils and lye solution.

Premixed Titanium Dioxide and water.

Mixing after adding the color and fragrance.

Continuing to pour the vanilla layer.

Adding the lye solution.

Pouring the third layer over the scraper.

Log of soap after 24 hours.

Pouring the vanilla layer over the rubber scraper.

Completely poured second layer.

Pouring the first layer of soap.

Continuing to pour the second chocolate layer.

Finished soap.

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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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5 thoughts on “Chocolate & Vanilla Layered Soap

    • Andee Post author

      The Vanilla Cream Fragrance is the only vanilla scent we carry that has been specifically formulated to not discolor. Doesn’t that open up lots of doors? 🙂

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  • ping

    Andee, this looks beautiful! I am really pleased to know that the Vanilla Cream won’t discolor. Does the soap still retain the chocolate fragrance? I was not aware that cocoa butter could leave behind a chocolate scent after saponification. I will have to get some! My only experience with chocolate soap is the MMS soap recipe that uses chocolate mousse FO, baking chocolate and coffee grounds, among other ingredients and that smells out of this world! Thanks for another great recipe.

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  • Margaret

    The recipe is only in ounce. Most of your recipes in the blog have both. Personally I prefer grams.

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    • Tina

      @ Margaret,

      You can easily convert this to grams for your soap making adventure. Making soap in grams isn’t a big deal and conversion is quick with our Measurement Converter.

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