Chocolate is good for your skin in all kinds of ways. It’s full of antioxidants. It’s moisturizing, and the caffeine in chocolate stimulates your skin and gives it a healthy glow. (See my homemade Chocolate Cream Facial Mask.) For my latest in soap experimentation, I decided to swirl some chocolate right into bars of soap. Notice that the chocolate is not blended into the soap. It’s simply swirled in, leaving rich veins of real chocolate throughout each bar. When the bars set up, the soap can be handled–the chocolate hardens. When you wash with it, the chocolate softens and comes out, and you can massage it into your skin for all the benefits then it rinses right away because it’s in soap! There is no chocolate mess in either handling the soap or using it. It’s like a chocolate spa treatment in a bar of soap–at home!
If you don’t know how to make soap, you can find my step-by-step soapmaking tutorial for hot and cold process soap here: How to Make Soap. I now use the hot process method exclusively. (Love it. So much faster and easier than cold process.)
You can use any favorite moisturizing soap recipe you like to make this chocolate spa soap–just make your soap then add the chocolate swirl. I used the following recipe. (Don’t make any substitutions in the fats in a soap recipe without putting the recipe through SoapCalc. You can find a great tutorial on using SoapCalc here. I will say, though, as one exception that olive oil and olive oil pomace are so close in calculation that you can use them interchangeably. Olive oil pomace offers the same great qualities in soap as olive oil but it’s cheaper.) Also note that this is a two-pound recipe. If making a different size recipe, adjust the amount of chocolate accordingly.
How to make Chocolate Spa Soap:
Crisco — 6.4 ounces or 181.437 grams
coconut oil (76-degree melt point) — 6.4 ounces or 181.437 grams
olive oil pomace — 6.4 ounces or 181.437 grams
lard — 12.8 ounces or 362.874 grams
water — 12.16 ounces or 344.73 grams
lye — 4.483 ounces or 127.077 grams
approximately 1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate
2 ounces essential oil or fragrance oil of your choice (optional)
Note: When using fragrance oil in hot process soap, use fragrance oil with a high flash point. (200 degrees.) I have learned this the hard way when my scent disappeared!
After my soap was cooked in hot process, before putting it in the mold, I mixed in my fragrance. (Use whatever scent appeals to you in combination with chocolate.) Then I drizzled a little bit of chocolate on top. I melted an ounce of chocolate, but only used about half of it.
I swirled it in a few circles with my spoon. Be really careful here so that you don’t blend it in. You don’t want to color your soap–you want to leave the chocolate in marbled veins.
I spooned the soap into the mold, being careful to evenly distribute parts of the soap that had chocolate so there would be chocolate in every bar when the soap was cut.
And look at that!
How cool is that?! I love this soap!