Soap Recipe: Chocolate Almond

Dave and I made some more soap the other day. Our supply is really low and with spring coming and all of the gardening chores ahead of us, we need to get on the ball and replenish our supply.

Monday we made two soaps – Chocolate Almond and Eucalyptus Peppermint Honey Oatmeal.

Chocolate Almond and Peppermint Eucalyptus soaps
Chocolate Almond and Peppermint Eucalyptus Honey Oatmeal soaps

This chocolate almond soap recipe is a new one for us. We made a Chocolate Goatsmilk Soap that we really like, but I wanted to make a soap without palm oil. We use only sustainable palm but I thought it would be good to make one without it.

Chocolate Almond Soap
Chocolate Almond Soap

We just cut these yesterday so it will be 3-4 weeks before we use them. The inside of the bars will darken as they cure. The dark color comes mostly from the Mokalatta fragrance oil which is described as “a decadent mocha blend of rich cocoa, espresso and creamy vanilla with notes of caramel, fruity cherry and a touch of spice, citrus and coconut.” Yum!

Here’s the soap recipe if you’d like to make this chocolately delicious smelling bar.

Chocolate Almond Soap [print_link]

Olive Oil – 25% – 225 grams

Coconut Oil – 30% – 270 grams

Almond Oil – 20% – 180 grams

Mango Seed Butter – 10% – 90 grams

Cocoa Butter – 10% – 90 grams

Castor Oil – 5% – 45 grams

Frozen Goat’s Milk – 342 grams

Lye – 127 grams

The following were added at trace:

  • 2 tablespoons Mokalata fragrance oil
  • 2 teaspoon of cocoa
  • 4 tablespoons Almond oil (optional- do not have to add)

This makes 2 lbs of soap or 10 bars. As with any recipe you get off of the Internet, please run this through one of the calculators. This one is our favorite.

Please refer to the cold process instructions here.

Something new I learned recently from the Sage Blog is instead of just waiting 3 to 4 weeks to use the soap, track the rate of water loss and when the bar quits shrinking, it’s ready.

Tracking water loss
Tracking water loss

So I weighed one of each of the bars of the last two soaps the day they were cut and then a week later. For the first week, both soaps sample bar lost exactly 7 grams each! This will be interesting to see how long it actually takes to “cure.”

If you are interested in any of our other soap recipes, check out my soap recipe page.

We both have some ideas of more soaps to make before the weather turns warm. I have some of our homegrown calendula infusing in oil right now for one of our next soaps. Stay tuned!