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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
ohhh, another chocolate soap – Yum!
I SOOOOO want to try soapmaking!! These look fantastic, I bet chocolate almond smells so wonderful!!
Adrianna, Too bad you’re not nearby. You could come over and soap with us! Thanks for dropping by and yes it smells wonderful!
What a neat idea! I bet it smells amazing! 🙂
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Jess, Thanks for the invite. And yes this smells amazing! Thanks for dropping by.
These look fab. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a batch under 33 bars though. May do so this year when I have time to experiment again though.
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Rebecca, We just love to experiment and keep saying once we find that perfect soap and we don’t want to experiment anymore, we’ll make bigger batches but doubt that day will come! Of course if we were selling our soap, we’d deal in larger quantities. Thanks for dropping by.
Wow, they look amazing, the chocolate one especially! Your soaps always look so delicious :))
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it almost looks like fudge!! yummy!!!
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Leah, It does! And it smells so good!
hi… i love the look of your chocolate almond soap. how did you create that dark brown, smooth and thin outer layer? it looks good enough to eat 🙂
Claire, It only looked that way shortly after it was cut. After it cured (dried out for 4 weeks) the color was dark and even. It really does smell good and still one of my favorite soaps. Thanks for dropping by.