This is a fun project if you want to make soap that looks like chocolate. But it is also a lovely soap with all the nourishing abilities of Cocoa Butter and Cocoa Powder.
What does Cocoa Butter do for a soap recipe?
Cocoa Butter is an ancient skincare product and has many benefits. Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids and natural phytochemicals which forms a protective barrier from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It also keeps the skin mustorized and improve elasticity, smooth scars, wrinkles, and other marks on the skin.
Cocoa butter is believed to benefit healing of rashes from conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
Cocoa Butter makes a hard soap that traces quickly, but it needs a good time to cure. Around 12 weeks will make it perfect.
Cocoa Butter gives the soap a little scent. We like to add mint essential oil as a fragrance to chocolate soap, but you can use any scent you like.
Raw Cocoa Powder in Skincare
Cocoa Powder is an excellent natural color for soap. It not only has a beautiful color, but also adds valuable effects to the finished product.
Cocoa powder contains sky-high levels of antioxidants called flavanols. Flavanols decrease the harmful effects of UV rays, enhance elasticity, and hydration. These properties help to soften, clear, and detoxify your skin. Raw cocoa powder can also increase the elasticity of your skin, which helps with fine lines and wrinkles and reduces scars’ appearance. Cocoa also contains omega-6 fatty acids making your complexion look and feel plump, dewy, and hydrated
Cocoa Powder makes the soap batter trace faster and gives a harder bar of soap, so do not expect to play with it for long. Have all your molds ready and make stunning soaps, but fast.
The soap in the picture was an experiment and had too much cocoa powder. Too much will give a brown lather and is not recommended. We have used some of it for confetti soaps, but it is also beautyful as a showpiece.
Recipe percentages, lye, and superfat
This information is for advanced soapers. Go to recipe if you are new to soap making.
- 40% Canola Oil
- 30% Coconut Oil 75 deg
- 21% Cocoa Butter
- 6% Castor Oil
- 27.107% Lye Concentration
- 38% Water percent of oil weight
- 5% Superfat
- 22 oz Total oil weight (624 grams)
30% Coconut Oil in a recipe can be a little too cleansing on very dry hands, so this bar is for normal skin. The Cocoa Butter will however make up for most of this.
|Soap Quality||Range||This Recipe|
|Hardness||29 – 54||39|
|Cleansing||12 – 22||20|
|Conditioning||44 – 69||56|
|Bubbly||14 – 46||25|
|Creamy||16 – 48||24|
|Iodine||41 – 70||63|
|INS||136 – 165||140|
Recipe for Chocolate Soap with Cocoa Butter & Cocoa Powder
Chocolate Soap Recipe
- 2 plastic, glass, or steel bowls
- Wooden or plastic spoon
- Stick blender
- Scale (kitchen)
- Microwave oven
- pH meter or test strips
- Silicone molds
- Safety gear
- 9.46 oz Canola Oil 268g
- 6.6 oz Coconut Oil, 76 deg 187g
- 4.62 oz Cocoa Butter 131g
- 1.32 oz Castor Oil 37g
- 3-4 tsp Cocoa Powder
- 8.36 oz Water 137g
- 3.11 oz NaOH 88g
- 0.69 oz Fragrance 19.6g
- Use the cold process method for this soap
- Cure for at least 3 month
Soap Fatty Acid Profile