This recipe builds upon my milk soap making tutorial, which you can find HERE. With a few simple tweaks, you can turn a plain, unscented bar into a deliciously scented milk chocolate mint soap!
To make this, you’ll need:
- 22 ounces olive oil (71%)
- 8 ounces coconut oil (26%) (if allergic to coconut oil, see substitution note below)
- 1 ounce castor oil (3%)
- 10 ounces milk (cow, goat, almond, coconut, etc) (use 9 oz if using a silicone mold)
- 4.3 ounces of lye (6% superfat)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons peppermint essential oil
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
Tip: To keep the cocoa powder from clumping or streaking in the soap batter, mix it very well with a couple teaspoons of oil until smooth. Just use some of the olive oil that you weighed out for the recipe above, so your measurements stay accurate. Set the cocoa mixture aside until trace is reached.
Note: High olive oil soaps like this one take a little longer to set up and cure. Olive oil is a soft/hard oil. It starts off causing the soap to be on the softer side, but once it cures for an extended time, the bar will grow very hard, yet extremely gentle on your skin. You can reduce the amount of milk by an ounce or two, if you’d like to speed up the process. Reducing liquid is also helpful when using silicone molds.
Substitution: If you’re allergic to coconut oil, you may be able to handle babassu oil instead. Although it’s a relative of palm, according to the rainforest group I contacted, there aren’t any known sustainability issues with it. (Yet.) It makes a great substitute for coconut oil in most applications! If you use babassu oil in this recipe instead, the lye amount will barely change, from 4.3 ounces down to 4.25 ounces, if using a 6% superfat.
Remember, in order to keep the sugars in milk from scorching, it needs to be icy cold or even frozen, before adding lye. I like to weigh out the amount of milk needed into a heat proof plastic pitcher and pop it in the freezer the day before I plan to make soap. You can also freeze your milk in ice cube trays or put it in the freezer until slushy.
Follow the steps and recipe just as the Milk Soap Making tutorial says, until you get to step 9.
At that point, as soon as you reach trace, stir in the cocoa powder and peppermint essential oil before pouring into a mold.
I only used a small amount of cocoa powder, so the bar is a light milk chocolate color. You can add more for a darker look, but be aware that if too much is added, it could leave unattractive marks on a soap dish or in your tub.
There you have it – a fun bar with a yummy scent combination!
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