Natural color Swirl soap with Cocoa and Turmeric

This is a perfect soap for mature skin. It is made from Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter. It has an easy swirl pattern, made from just layering the batter and swirled with a spoon. The soap is added a little beeswax and the colors are from cocoa powder and turmeric.

The soap is made with the hot process but needs to cure a week or two because it is a very soft soap. Normally you would not make a swirl soap by the hot process because the batter is more “sticky,” and the outcome more “rough.” But in this instance, it gives the soap a nice natural eco-friendly look that suits the soap.

The longer this soap cure, the more purple the cocoa-colored part of the soap will become.

This is what the soap looks like

Oils used in this recipe

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Recipe percentages, lye, and superfat

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  • 64% Rapeseed Oil
  • 20% Coconut Oil
  • 15% Shea Butter
  • 1% Beeswax
  • 38% Water percent of oil weight
  • 24.814 % Lye Concentration
  • 28.22 oz (800g) Total oil weight
  • 8% Superfat

Soap Quality

Soap QualityRangeThis Recipe
Hardness29 – 5427
Cleansing12 – 2213
Conditioning44 – 6971
Bubbly14 – 4613
Creamy16 – 4810
Iodine41 – 7079
INS136 – 165114

Recipe for Natural color Swirl soap with Cocoa and Turmeric

Natural Color Swirl Soap with Turmeric and Cocoa Powder

Keyword: body-soap, Face-soap, Lotion soap, nourishing soap


  • 2 plastic, glass, or steel bowls
  • Wooden or plastic spoon
  • Silicone mold (one for bread is perfect)
  • Stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • pH meter or test strips
  • Kitchen scale
  • Double Boiler, Slow Cooker or Crockpot
  • Tsp with long neck for swirl
  • Safety gear


  • 18.06 oz Rapeseed Oil, unrefinedcanola 512 grams
  • 5.64 Coconut Oil, 76 deg 160 grams
  • 4.23 Shea Butter 120 grams
  • 0.28 Beeswax 8 grams
  • 10.72 Water 304 grams
  • 3.54 NaOH 100 grams
  • tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cocoa Powder


  • Use the Hot Process method
  • Split the soap batter in 3:
  • Color 2/3 with Turmeric
  • Split the rest into two parts, where one is significantly bigger.
  • Leave the small part un-colored and ad Cocoa Powder to the other
  • Fill the bottom of the mold with yellow soap. Make sure to tap out the air after each scoop
  • Ad the uncolored soap in the middle in a stripe
  • Place the brown and yellow batter on each side of the un-colored
  • Top up with the rest of your batter but imagine one side is yellow, and one is brown
  • Swirl the batter once, starting in the far end and middle of the mold, and keep rotating the spoon while dragging it slowly thru to the other end of the mold

Soap Characteristics