How to make Dark Chocolate Soap
Today I had the pleasure of trying out Stephenson Personal Care's Crystal Natural HF soap base, and boy do I love it!
Hello Friends! I wanted to make a soap with a sort-of wintery feel to it, but I wasn’t looking for something that screamed Christmas quite yet (hey, it’s not even December!). Hot chocolate always reminds me of a cold winter day, so I came up with this all-natural dark chocolate soap!
Stephenson’s Crystal Natural HF soap base is a beautiful translucent base that has a neutral odor perfect for adding your own fragrances. What’s more, this base is all-natural! It:
- Contains no surfactants, mono propylene glycol, parabens, phenoxyethanol, or sulfate
- Is PEG free
- Is glycerine rich
- Is vegetable based
- Contains 100% natural Ingredients
- Feels great on the skin!
My first thought in making a chocolate soap was to use a base that was a bit more opaque, but I just couldn’t resist trying this soap with such a decadent all-natural soap base. Fortunately, the added chocolate gives it a sufficiently opaque look. To make your own all-natural dark chocolate soap, you will need:
- Stephenson’s Crystal Natural HF soap base
- Organic cocoa powder
- Chocolate fragrance oil (or fragrance of your choice)
- Vegetable glycerin
Melt down your soap base. I cut my soap base into small cubes and melted it in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between intervals, until it was melted down all the way.
Once my soap base was melted, I added two simple ingredients: organic cocoa powder and a chocolate fragrance oil.
While stirring, I first added the fragrance oil. It discolored my soap base a bit, but this was expected given the yellowish hue of the oil.
I then added my cocoa powder. The best way to add a powder like this to soap is to first wet it using a bit of vegetable glycerin. This turns keeps the powder from forming clumps and instead allows it to mix well with the soap base. I mixed about 3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder with just enough vegetable glycerin to get a smooth chocolaty paste, like below:
While stirring, I poured my wet cocoa powder into my soap base and continued stirring. I then poured my mix into a 1 lb. loaf mold and allowed it to dry. Normally I would put a couple spritzes of rubbing alcohol over the top of my base once it was poured into the mold to remove those excess tiny bubbles like that to form on the top. This time, I found I liked the look of the soap with the top layer intact, shown below (this is the soap now that it has dried and been removed from the mold).
Once your soap base has dried, you’ll have a very rich, dark chocolate colored soap. From here, all you need to do is slice it into bars! I once again used my favorite crinkle soap slicer.
Next time I might add some ground coffee and a coffee fragrance oil and make it a coffee mocha soap! What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed this soap making tutorial! Stay tuned for more!
Gabby is a creative lifestyle blogger located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She blogs over at Essentially Eclectic.
Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us!