Happy holidays everyone! It’s been a crazy few weeks of soap making for our friends and family, and what better Christmas gift than homemade Chocolate Peppermint Soap!
After reading the Natural Soap Making eBook Collection, my new soap addiction has gone into overdrive the past few months, and I absolutely love that I can mix and match ingredients from my own kitchen to create healthy skin care products. I mean, we all knew that chocolate was good for us right??
But, who knew it could be good for our skin?
Let’s marvel at all the goodness of chocolate and peppermint for a minute…
When it comes to chocolate, or cocoa, here’s what we get:
- Helpful in renewing skin cells
- Encourages firm new skin cells
- Promotes healthy cell development
- A powerful antioxidant that helps repair our skin
- Improves blood flow and complexion
Not good enough yet?? Let’s see how peppermint can make it even better!
- An antiseptic skin cleanser
- Relieves itchiness (winter skin anyone???)
Throw in the moisturizing benefits of sweet almond oil and Shea butter and I’m thinking this is my go to soap for the winter months!
Ready to make this Chocolate Peppermint Soap yet?? Here’s what you’ll need.
** This makes a batch that is about 2.5 lbs. It’s perfect for these 2 oz silicone molds!
70.13 g Lye
175.42 g Peppermint Tea
42.53 g Castor Oil
85.05 g Coconut Oil
240.98 g Olive Oil
92.14 g Shea Butter
70.88 g Sweet Almond Oil
1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 mL Peppermint Essential Oil (I like to use these pipettes to measure out my essential oils!)
So here’s how we make it!
Chop up some peppermint leaves, or use a peppermint tea bag, and brew about 10 oz of Peppermint tea using distilled water.
After your tea has steeped, strain out the leaves and place it in the fridge to chill.
Measure out about an oz of olive oil and mix in the cocoa powder and set aside.
Once your tea has chilled, measure out your lye in a dish only used for lye.
In a heat safe liquid measuring cup, measure out the tea.
Sprinkle the lye into the tea and stir. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area!
Set your lye mixture aside.
Measure your solid oils, Shea butter and Coconut oil, and heat until liquid.
Next, measure out your remaining liquid oils adding the cocoa oil to the amount of olive oil you use.
Now here’s the waiting game… Wait until your oils and lye mixture reach a temp of 90-115° F, with room for 10-20°F between the two.
When these reach temp, drizzle the lye mixture into the oils.
Use an immersion blender to stir and blend in intervals of 30 seconds until you reach trace.
At trace add your essential oil and stir in.
Cover with plastic wrap and insulate with blankets to encourage gel phase.
Keep and eye on them to watch for cracking. If you see cracking remove the blankets.
Allow the soap to sit in the molds for 24-48 hours.
You can wait longer, but if you’re like me the 24 hours was hard enough to wait for!
Remove them from the molds and allow them to cure for 3-4 weeks. (Yep, more waiting, gah!)
I hope you and your family enjoy your Chocolate Peppermint Soap!
Looking for more soaping fun?? Check out these recipes!
Have you tried making cold process soap, or are you still nervous?? Tell me about it in the comments! If you haven’t started yet, here’s a great post on what supplies you’ll need to get started!