When the cold weather hits, you can almost always find me with a hot beverage in hand – cider, tea, hot chocolate and nearly any type of coffee concoction. One of my favorite wintertime treats is the peppermint mocha. It’s the perfect drink to kick off the Christmas season – chocolatey, minty and needlessly caloric. What more could you ask for?
In the midst of my beverage craving, I thought it’d be fun to make a soap based on the peppermint mocha. It looks almost good enough to eat, and the chocolate, coffee and peppermint combination smells delicious. This soap is definitely a winter treat for your body.
What food or drink would you turn into a soap recipe?
Peppermint Mocha Soap
Makes about sixteen 2.5-3 ounce bars of soap
For the full cold process soap making instructions, check out Tiffany’s beginner’s soap making tutorial. This recipe requires you to make two separate soap mixes and then swirl them together at the end.
*Sunflower oil is great for swirled soaps because it slows down trace.
Peppermint Soap Recipe
2.4 oz. sunflower oil (10% of total oils)
7.2 oz. olive oil (30% of total oils)
7.2 oz. canola oil (30% of total oils)
7.2 oz. coconut oil (30% of total oils)
7 oz. water
3.4 oz. lye
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint essential oil at trace.
Mocha Soap Recipe
.88 oz. sunflower oil* (10% of total oils)
2.62 oz. olive oil (30% of total oils)
2.62 oz. canola oil (30% of total oils)
2.62 oz. coconut oil (30% of total oils)
2.5 oz. double strength coffee (make sure this is as room temperature before mixing with lye)
1.25 oz. lye
Add 1/4 ounce of bakers chocolate and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to your melted oils. Make sure chocolates are completely mixed into the oils.
Soap Swirling Instructions
1. Refer to Tiffany’s soap making tutorial for the full soap making instructions.
2. To create this particular recipe, make both soaps (peppermint and the mocha) at the same time but in separate containers.
3. When both soaps have reached trace, pour the peppermint soap into your mold. Then drizzle your mocha soap over your peppermint soap.
4. Using a knife (or other utensil), drag lines through the soap to create a swirled effect. For a diagram on how to do that, click here.
5. Let your soaps cure for 24-48 hours and then cut into bars. Remember to let your soaps cure for a full 4-6 weeks before using or gifting.