I have been making cold process soap for a few years. Saying this, I am no expert. There are so many variables with soap making that each batch can finish unlike anything you had in the original playbook.
Soap making is truly creative. It is great to make a classic and simple soap. You have created a soap, knowing exactly what is in it, where you bought the ingredients and how it was made because you made it. A good and classic soap is really all you ever need. But if you look around on the web, world-WIDE web, you will see some of the most beautiful and amazing designs in soap from every country on earth. These are soap artists who play in color and scent and design and go past everything we know soap can do to a beautiful new level of creation.
Today, I decided to take a soap risk and move past my simple and classic recipe just to see what can happen. I had a 1/2 ounce of chocolate essential oil courtesy of Brambleberry that needed a place to go. Brambleberry likes to do this to me. Send me a small bit of a scent that makes my mind start reeling with possibilities. So with a 1/2 ounce of dark rich chocolate and 1 1/2 ounces of creamsicle I decided to make a dessert soap using some leftover items around the kitchen.
The usual disclaimer: if you don’t have a hazmat suit (ha), do clear the kitchen of pets and family members, wear long-sleeves, gloves and protective eyewear. Be careful (LYE). Read up or watch a you-tube video so you will understand this concept!
Chocolate Frosted Orange Soap (2 lb. recipe)
4 oz. cocoa butter
7 oz. palm oil
5 oz. coconut oil
16 oz. olive oil
10.25 oz. distilled water
4.44 oz. lye
1/2 oz. dark rich chocolate fragrance
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 oz. creamsicle fragrance (Brambleberry)
1/2 teaspoon dark red Brazilian clay
I used two large glass measuring cups (2qt./8 cups) and a four cup heavy glass container. Measure the water in one of the measuring cups. Always add the lye to the water, stirring until the lye is dissolved. Sit this aside. In the next measuring cup combine 4 oz. palm oil, 4 oz. coconut oil and 16 oz. olive oil. I heated this for about 90 seconds in the microwave and sat it aside. The last container was for my chocolate layer. I added 4 oz. grated cocoa butter, 3 oz. palm oil and 1 oz. coconut oil. This was heated for 45 seconds in the microwave to blend and it was set aside. You can heat it longer to melt but do this in 15 second increments as you want all three of these containers to be within about 5 degrees of each other.
At this point I had my small mold ready, had set up my colors and oil and had my immersion blender ready to go. When all of these registered about 115 degrees on my thermometer I started the blends.
First the larger container of oils. To the oil I added approximately 3/4 of the lye mixture (about 7.5 oz.) and blended to an “almost” trace. To the smaller container of oil I added the last bit of lye (approx. 2.5 oz.) and barely blended. Back to the large container where I added the creamsicle oil and the red clay, blended to a light trace and sat aside. The smaller container got the 1/2 oz. of chocolate oil and a tablespoon of cocoa powder. Blending this quickly created a thick trace! I poured the larger bowl of saponified oils into the mold, tapping the mold to remove bubbles. Then I grabbed the thick chocolate trace and using a spatula, carefully dropped it on the orange layer, smoothing the top like a chocolate frosting. It was lightly spritzed with alcohol to ward off ash and I covered the soap with a towel to keep it warm and allow it to set. In a few days, I will cut this into approximately 4 oz. slices and allow it to “cure” four to six weeks before declaring it “soap”!