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Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Craft Recipes: Chocolate Mint Mousse Soap (Soapmaking)
This one sounds good enough to eat - but don't! :) Thanks to Christi, who sent it in. She tells me that it's from the Country Living - Handmade Soap Book. It would be a wonderful gift soap to make for friends & family...it has real cocoa, dark chocolate AND white chocolate in this soap! YUM...
Chocolate-Mint Mousse Soap 2 oz. White Chocolate 16 oz. Olive Oil 1/4 C. Cocoa Powder 1 oz. Dark Chocolate 15 oz. Tepid Water 6 oz. Lye 18 oz. Coconut Oil 4 oz.Palm Oil 2 oz. Cocoa Butter 1 oz. Peppermint EO (This recipe is from Country Living - Handmade Soap Book....it makes a 40 oz. batch, which is 2.8 lbs. I would adjust the EO amount to suit your particular quality EO)
1) Prepare the molds. 2) Melt the white chocolate with 1oz. of the olive oil. 3) Blend in the cocoa, set aside in a warm place. 4) Melt dark chocolate with 1 oz. olive oil. Set aside in warm place. 5) Blend water and lye. Set aside to cool to 110*F. 6) Melt coconut, palm, and cocoa butter. 7) Blend in remaining (14oz) olive oil. Cool to 110*F. 8) Slowly blend the lye solution into the oils. 9) Stir to trace. Add EO and stir well. Pour 1/3 into mold. 10) Add the white chocolate to soap and blend lightly. May get marbled effect. 11) Pour half of soap into the mold. 12) Add the dark chocolate to the rest of the soap, blending thoroughly. 13) Pour into mold. Let it rest 24-36 hours before releasing from mold. 14) Cure 4-6 weeks.
Want to know more about soapmaking and making luxurious soaps at home? Here are my favorite books on the subject: