Geode Soap Tutorial for Valentine’s Day Gifts or Just Because

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Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Geode soap is a lot easier to make than you might think. Despite the number of steps involved in making geode soap, there’s no real right or wrong way to do it. It’s more about your own creativity. So think of my soap geode tutorial as an art class – one where you’re given free reign to make and create whatever your heart desires.

Learn how to make your own crystal geode soap eggs with hearts for stunning DIY Valentine's Day gifts!

And, because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’ll also tell you how to fill the centers of your geode soaps with hearts to gift for Valentine’s Day!

As my geode soap tutorial is more of a guide rather than a geode soap recipe, I’m simply giving you step by step instructions with photographs rather than my usual soap recipe format. It should make following my geode soap tutorial easier than working out a recipe since there are so many different parts.

Geode Soap Tutorial

I recommend starting with a 2 lb. block of clear melt and pour soap base. If you want to scent your soap with a fragrance oil or an essential oil, I recommend cutting your soap into chunks, melting, and then adding the fragrance before you get started. Once you’re ready to begin you would then start with a solid scented soap block.

Begin by weighing out 4 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Cut into small chunks and shards of varying sizes.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now sprinkle about four pinches of skin safe glitter onto your soap chunks. I evenly mixed Nurture Soap’s Twinkling Lights skin safe glitter and Intergalactic skin safe glitter onto mine.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Roll up a small piece of foil into a ball and set it inside the center of the soap shards.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now weigh out 2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Heat 15-30 seconds in the microwave, just until melted. Once it’s cool enough to handle, drizzle a small amount onto your soap chunks. Begin working the soap chunks into a ball around the foil ball.

Be patient. The chunks won’t want to stick together at first. Keep working the pieces together and pouring the melted soap onto the chunks. As the melted soap cools the soap chunks will start holding together. Once you’ve formed a solid ball that stays together, you’re ready for the next step.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Weigh out 2 oz. more of your clear melt and pour soap base and cut into chunks as you did when you first started. Then weigh out 2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base and melt in the microwave. Add a colored mica powder of your choice to desired color and mix to combine. I use Nurture Soap’s Red Vibrance mica powder for this step.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Use the colored melted soap to adhere the new soap chunks around the ball of soap you formed previously.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now dust the top of the soap ball with your sparkly white glitter. In this instance, I used more of the Twinkling lights glitter.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

On top of this add a complimentary colored mica powder to the one you used previously to tint your soap. In this case I used Nurture Soap’s Candy Apple Red mica powder.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Weigh out 2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base into a large container. I used an 8 Cup Pyrex measuring cup but you could also use a large glass bowl. Cut into chunks and melt. Add a soap colorant or mica powder of choice until desired color is achieved. I used a sliver from a Crimson soap color bar. Stir until the color is well mixed.

Now dip the geode soap ball into the colored soap until it’s coated with about half of the soap – or an ounce of the melted soap – in your container.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Set the soap ball aside on a wire cooling rack to solidify further.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now sprinkle your soap ball with black skin grade glitter.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Dip your soap ball back into the remaining melted soap. Coat the soap ball with more soap.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Allow your soap geode to solidify again by placing it back on the wire cooling rack.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Mix black skin safe glitter to suit into the remaining melted soap.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Sprinkle more black glitter onto the soap ball.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now cover the soap geode with the remaining soap in the bowl. This is the messiest part.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Keep spooning the melted soap over the soap geode you are forming until you’ve used all of the soap left in your bowl. As the soap cools it will become gummy. As it does this, you can slowly start to smooth the outside of the ball with your hands.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Place your crystal geode soap egg onto your wire cooling rack to finish hardening. You can smooth out any rough edges while the soap is in this stage.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Once the soap has cooled and hardened, use a hot knife – you can just run it under hot water – to carefully cut your soap geode in half. Work around the foil in the center using the knife to cut around the diameter of your soap geode.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Carefully remove the foil from the center of your soap geode.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

And voila! You’ve now completed your very first soap geode!

Learn how to make your own crystal geode soap eggs with hearts for stunning DIY Valentine's Day gifts!

To create a heart in the center of your soap geode you can do several things. You can either use a knife to cut out a heart shape in the center of each side of your soap geode and fill with red colored clear melt and pour soap; you can place a heart embed from a small heart shaped mold into the center of your soap geodes and pour clear melt and pour soap around them; or you use a small heart cookie or knife to create a heart embed for the center of your soap geodes from a thin layer of red dyed soap.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Don’t forget to take your homemade soap geodes out in the sun to see how cool they look!

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

You can even see the sun shine through them!

Have you made your own soap geodes yet? If so be sure to share the geode soaps you’ve create on my facebook page!

Don’t have time to make your own? You can find both inspiration for making your own soap geodes as well as handmade soap geodes you can buy on Etsy here.

For more DIY Valentine’s Day gifts you can make and gift, be sure to follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest. Or follow my Simply Soapmaking and DIY Bath and Body boards on Pinterest for more fun homemade soap recipes and gift ideas.

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DIY Bath and Body Valentine’s Gifts with StickerYou!

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Learn how to make beautiful DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with custom labels from StickerYou and three bath and body recipes perfect for gifting.

Learn how to make beautiful DIY bath and body Valentine’s gifts with custom labels from StickerYou!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And, if you’re like me, you can always use a little help with your homemade gifts. While I make and gift a lot of bath and body gifts, labeling those gifts can sometimes be a challenge. After all, products we store and use in the bathroom are subject to coming into contact with water and high humidity which can leave labels a smeared mess. StickerYou solved that problem for me without having to  spend a lot of money and without investing a lot of time designing my labels.

Learn how to make beautiful DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with custom labels from StickerYou and three bath and body recipes perfect for gifting.

StickerYou sent me some amazing vinyl labels to use for my DIY bath and body Valentine’s gifts. They not only look great, but work beautifully for bath and body applications. Even better, their stickers and labels can be customized in any size, shape or quantity you want using your own artwork or licensed clipart. Or just pick some of theirs!

I love the ease of StickerYou’s pre-designed templates for creating custom labels. (There’s even a label template for lip balm tubes – a product I have always struggled with creating labels for.) Or you can enter custom dimensions for your own container choice.

Learn how to make this natural rose bath salts recipe plus two more amazing DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with a little help from StickerYou!

In addition to the ease of creating your own designs on StickerYou, you’ll also find that there are no additional charges for die-cut stickers, bleeds, or cut-outs! Their customer service is both helpful and friendly and their pricing starts as low as $10. Plus every order comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So whether you’re simply wanting to create gifts for friends and family, or if you’re a business needing product labels or promotional items, StickerYou is simply perfect!

Ready to make some awesome DIY bath and body Valentine’s gifts? Keep reading for three easy bath and body recipes that you can gift this Valentine’s Day!

Learn how to make this natural rose bath salts recipe plus two more amazing DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with a little help from StickerYou!

Rose Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

9 oz. Epsom salt
3.3 oz. pink Himalayan salt
.15 oz. safflower oil
.25 oz. organic dried rose petals
.35 oz. rose fragrance oil, optional

Instructions:

If you prefer to keep this rose bath salts recipe natural, you can substitute the fragrance oil with .05 oz. (3% dilution) rose damascena absolute or .1 oz. essential oil of your choice! In addition, if you’d like to keep the oils from floating on the surface of the bath water when used, you can also add .05% Polysorbate 80 to this recipe.

To create these rose bath salts, simply using a digital scale to weigh out all the ingredients. Mix your dry ingredients together first. Then weigh out the safflower oil and fragrance oil into a separate container (along with the Polysorbate 80 if desired) then combine the two. Mix until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed then spoon evenly into three 4 oz. spice jars. (You may need to tap the jars down to fit all of the bath salts into your containers.)

Apply your own custom labels from StickerYou for that finishing touch and your rose bath salts are ready for gifting! These also make lovely Mother’s Day gifts and wedding favors!

Learn how to make this natural rose soap recipe plus two more amazing DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with a little help from StickerYou!

Melt & Pour Rose Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

29.5 oz. white natural melt and pour soap base
.9 oz. rose fragrance oil
rose kaolin clay, to suit

Instructions:

To keep this melt and pour rose soap recipe natural, you can substitute the rose fragrance oil with .15 oz. of (3% dilution) rose damascena absolute or .3 oz. of an essential oil of your choice.

Weigh out the soap base and cut into chunks. Heat in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.

Add either a red liquid soap colorant or a small amount of rose kaolin clay until you achieve the shade of pink you’d like for your soap. Mix well.

Pour the soap into all six cavities of the Crafter’s Choice basic round silicone soap mold.

Spritz the top of the soaps with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any air bubbles and allow to harden completely.

Unmold, then wrap in foodservice film and label.

Learn how to make this DIY embedded heart soap plus two more amazing DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with a little help from StickerYou!

Embedded Heart Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

21.9 oz. clear natural melt and pour soap base
8.4 oz. white natural melt and pour soap base
.9 oz. rose fragrance oil
Crafter’s Choice crimson sparkle color bar, to suit

Instructions:

You’ll begin by making your heart embeds for this soap for which you’ll need a Wilton 6-cavity heart silicone mold.

Weigh out the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks then melt in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments. Cut off a chunk of the crimson sparkle color bar and stir into the melted base until it’s melted completely. Continue until you reach desired color. Alternately, you can also use a liquid red soap colorant.

Weigh out . 65 oz. of fragrance oil (or . 2 oz. of essential oil) and stir into the melted soap.

Pour the melted soap into all six cavities of your heart mold. Spritz the top of the soaps with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any air bubbles and allow to harden completely.

Once the heart soaps have hardened, carefully remove them from the mold.

Place a heart with the smooth side (top) down into each of the six cavities of the Crafter’s Choice basic round silicone soap mold and press firmly against the bottom of the mold.

Now weigh out 8.4 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks then melt in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments just until fully melted.

Weigh out .25 oz. of fragrance oil (or .05 oz. essential oil) and stir into the melted white soap base.

Now carefully pour the white soap base around the heart embeds in each of the mold cavities. Spritz the top of the soaps with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any air bubbles and allow to harden completely.

Once your soaps have set up, carefully remove them from the mold and wrap and label as desired.

For more DIY bath and body Valentine’s gifts visit both my DIY Bath and Body board and my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Palm Free Olive and Babassu Soap Recipe

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This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it’s simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

My boyfriend, James, recently wanted me to teach him to make soap. Let me begin by saying, I’m kind of a crappy teacher. The whole “instructing” thing makes me nervous which in turn makes me impatient and, as such, I come off a wee bit snippy. This is one of the primary reasons I “teach” via my blog. My friends, however, understand my quirks so it’s different with them. However, we are also kind of bad in that we let the wine flow freely while we’re crafting. So, well, um. That’s why I’m always smiling in those photos that may or may not be on instagram. Ha ha.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

James is wonderful, and super crazy smart, so I was able to rush through all of the explanations on the chemistry of this soap and not feel like a jerk. When we got to the part where he asked when he could actually USE the soap, however, is where things fell apart. He was rather miffed he had to wait four weeks. I told him that in the meantime he could just make me cookies. Luckily he stays super busy like me. Otherwise I’d have a constant soapmaking companion encouraging me to rush unmolding my soap loaves.

Anyhow, if you’ve never ever made cold process soap before, then you should first check out my tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch. You may even want to watch a few YouTube videos to give you a feel for the process, but it’s not necessary. Once you’re ready, here’s the recipe!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Palm Free Olive and Babassu Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.4 oz. babassu oil
12.8 oz. olive oil
.8 oz. castor oil

4.8 oz. distilled water
2.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 teaspoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8th teaspoon ultramarine blue pigment powder, optional
1 oz. Sea Salt & Driftwood fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin.

For starters, or rather, here are some changes I would make a second time around… If you don’t let this soap recipe gel, it’s going to be soft for a bit and will take several days to unmold. I’d definitely either increase the sodium lactate to 1 Tablespoon and/or reduce the water as percent of the oil weight to 28%.

In addition, I have noted on the screenshot I took of my olive and babassu soap recipe (on SoapCalc) to use 1/4 teaspoon of pigment powder. I ended up using less as reflected in my recipe above. This gave my soap a nice baby blue color that I felt went will with the fragrance oil I chose.

The Sea Salt & Driftwood fragrance oil is a nice scent. James and I feel like it’s pretty unisex and it didn’t make me sneeze.

However, both the fragrance and the pigment powder are optional. The sugar is to help boost the bubbles a bit but you can omit it if you like.

You shouldn’t have any surprises with my olive and babassu soap recipe as indicated or with this specific fragrance oil even if you’re a beginner.

And then there’s the coarse sea salt on top…

This natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe is made using Australian black clay and fine sea salt for a luxurious spa like experience in the shower!

As my fragrance oil and color theme was kind of ocean-y, I figured I’d decorate the top with sea salt. I’ve done this many times in the past with cold process loaf soaps. For example, my natural black clay and sea salt soap recipe (pictured above.) However, it didn’t work so well for the type of mold I used this time and I had to get creative in the end. So you can either, a) omit the coarse sea salt on top for smooth, even bars or b) take your soap to art class. (I’ll tell you what I did to mine further down.)

I used this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold for my olive and babassu soap recipe.

Instructions:

Taking all safety precautions you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking method to create my olive and babassu soap recipe.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water into a heat safe container.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the amount of lye needed.

Stir until the lye has dissolved completely, then set aside to cool.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the babassu, castor and olive oils. Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low heat on the stove until your ingredients have melted completely.

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Allow the lye-water and your soapmaking oils to cool to between 90°F-100°F.

Once your ingredients have cooled, use a measuring spoon to measure out the sodium lactate as well as the sugar then stir into your lye water.

If you are using a pigment powder to color your soap, measure out the pigment and stir into the melted oils with a stick blender.

Now pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix until you reach a light trace. Add your fragrance oil at this point if you have chosen to scent your soap and mix again.

Once your soap traces again, pour the soap batter into all six of the rectangle cavities of your silicone soap mold. (If you think you’ll need to move your soap, be sure to place the mold on a cutting board before you pour your soap for easy transfer.)

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Set your soap aside to complete the saponification process. You can check the soap 24-48 hours later to see if it’s ready to be unmolded. If it’s not, simply wait another day or two. There’s no rush. I mean, because James will tell you, you have to wait FOUR WEEKS too use it anyway and apparently that’s just INSANE. Ha!

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Once you’ve unmolded your soaps, set them aside in a cool, dry location to finish curing four to six weeks.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

Now, if you did a crazy experiment on the tops of your soap bars, it’s highly likely it can be fixed. My coarse salt on the tops of my bars kept falling off. And if I took the salt, off the soap just looked bizarre. So I improvised.

This palm free olive and babassu soap recipe is easy enough for beginners and requires only three soapmaking oils! Formulated to be low cleansing and extra conditioning, this olive and babassu soap recipe is perfect for winter or year round for anyone who suffers from dry skin. Plus, it's simple enough that even beginning soapmakers can give this homemade soap recipe a whirl!

I simply sprinkled fine cosmetic glitter on top of my soap bars where the salt was. I then scented and tinted clear natural melt and pour soap base and drizzled over the tops of my bars, covering the salt. Not only does the salt now dissolve as you use the soap, but it kind of looks neat. Plus there’s no right or wrong way to do it. After all, they are YOUR art bars!

As a crafter and soapmaker, there are absolutely those days when an idea for a soap recipe you have in your head, does not execute the way you thought it would. This was one of those projects. However, with a little creativity, I was able to turn a #soapfail into a #soapsuccess! Learn how I turned my #soapfail around and find out how to make your own melt and pour tea tree and sea mud soaps!

Plus I screwed up way less on this soaping gaffe than I did when I made my tea tree and sea mud soap recipe. You won’t believe how horrendous this soap looked before the fix. (You can check out the before and after transformation here.)

If you liked my palm free olive and babassu soap recipe then be sure to check out my other cold process soap recipes here. In addition you can also find more of my homemade soap recipes on my Simply Soapmaking Pinterest board as well my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.

Not ready to make my olive and babassu soap recipe? Try a homemade babassu soap sample set from Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy! Her babassu soaps are made using only babassu, castor, apricot kernel and jojoba oils. As they don’t contain any coconut, palm or olive oil, they are great for those with sensitivities. For more of my favorites on Etsy, check out my Etsy collections here.

Simple Natural Soapmaking by Jan Berry includes recipes for Blue Agave Soap, Wild Rosehips Soap, Double Mint Sage Soap and Dead Sea Mud Spa Bar. The recipes are in tune with today’s trends―such as vegan options, shampoo and shaving bars, seasonal soaps such as Pumpkin Spice Soap and soaps highlighting popular ingredients such as goat’s milk and sea salt―while still retaining a rustic, old-fashioned feel.

Also be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a new soapmaking book by Jan Berry in August! Jan, a fellow blogger, is the author of The Nerdy Farm Wife blog, as well as the book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home. Her new book, Simple Natural Soapmaking, will be released August 8th, and is available for pre-order now.

Sample recipes include Blue Agave Soap, Wild Rosehips Soap, Double Mint Sage Soap and Dead Sea Mud Spa Bar. The recipes are in tune with today’s trends―such as vegan options, shampoo and shaving bars, seasonal soaps such as Pumpkin Spice Soap and soaps highlighting popular ingredients such as goat’s milk and sea salt―while still retaining a rustic, old-fashioned feel.

And don’t forget to find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. You can sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Coffee and Cocoa Soap Recipe

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This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it’s palm free!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Since making homemade coffee soap in 2015, I’ve been dying to make another. My homemade coffee soap recipe was, and still is, one of my most favorite homemade soap recipes of all time. This time around I also wanted to add cocoa powder for a coffee and cocoa soap recipe. At the last minute, and probably because I was craving brownies at the time, I decided to add a whole egg to this recipe as well.

In the same year I formulated my coffee soap recipe, I also made my first egg soap! Also making my list of favorite soap recipes of all time, my homemade egg soap recipe calls for two egg yolks. So I figured I’d mix it up a bit this go round and simply used an entire egg!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Why egg?

Well, eggs are believed to offer skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap, egg yolks are treated as a fat. As such they help to give egg soap a rich, thick lather. Egg whites, on the other hand, contain no fat whatsoever. However, they do contain protein which has an astringent effect on skin.

Want to make your own? Here’s how!

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Coffee and Cocoa Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. babassu oil
1 oz. castor oil
2 oz. unrefined cocoa butter
2 oz. refined coconut oil
10 oz. olive oil
2 oz. safflower oil

6.6 oz. strong brewed coffee
2.7 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg, tempered
1 Tablespoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
1.25 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

For my original coffee and cocoa soap recipe, as stated previously, I had not intended on using egg. As it was a last minute addition, and this recipe has a high percentage of olive oil, you may want to reduce the amount of coffee (as percentage of oil weight) to 30% (6 oz.) Definitely do this if you are preventing your soaps from going through gel phase. Otherwise you will probably need an extra day or two to unmold these cleanly. It does firm up nice once unmolding though.

In addition, if you are using a fragrance oil – I did not – definitely reduce the amount of coffee. A hot fudge brownie fragrance oil would blend nicely with this soap as would a coffee or chocolate fragrance oil. Or perhaps chocolate cappuccino or chocolate cream cupcake?

Without a fragrance oil the chocolate smell really starts to come through after about a week. It smells a little weird until then, but don’t worry. It’ll smell fantastic regardless of whether or not you choose to use a fragrance.

To make my coffee that is used in place of the water in this recipe, I brewed 4 rounded Tablespoons in just over the amount of water called for in the recipe. (As we all know, those grounds can be greedy and some of the water content stays trapped in them.) I won’t lie and say I didn’t use a mocha latte flavored coffee because I totally did. Regular coffee would work just fine though.

Also, a nice substitution for the unrefined cocoa butter in this recipe would be dark cocoa butter wafers. In this instance you could omit the cocoa powder entirely, or leave it in to make it extra chocolatey!

In addition, your egg will need to be room temperature to use in my coffee and cocoa soap recipe. So you may want to remove it from the refrigerator several hours before you intend to make this soap. You’ll also want to make your coffee ahead of time so it has time to cool to room temperature as well.

Finally, I used the Crafter’s Choice basic round silicone soap mold for this recipe. But you can adapt the recipe to fit your own mold if you like.

(For information on the properties of my coffee and cocoa soap recipe as well as percentages and superfat used, simply refer to the screenshot of this recipe from SoapCalc above.)

Instructions:

Ready? Let’s get started!

You do need to be familiar with making cold process soap for this recipe. You’ll follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions. If you’ve never made cold process soap before – or any kind of soap in which you’re working with lye – I strongly recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe so you get a feel for the process and know you can create a successful soap.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

You’ll begin by mixing your lye-water. Or, in this case, lye-coffee.

Measure out the amount of (room temperature) coffee needed into a heat proof container.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Then, using a digital scale, weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the coffee in a well ventilated area, stirring until the lye has dissolved completely. (You’ll want to take proper safety precautions when working with lye. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.)

Set the lye-coffee aside to cool.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Next, use your digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter and soapmaking oils. Heat in a non-aluminum pot over medium to medium-low on the stove until your ingredients have melted completely. Alternately, you can also heat them at 50% power in your microwave in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup until the cocoa butter has melted.

Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.

Allow the lye-coffee and your butter-oil mixture to cool to room temperature or around 76°F.

Using a measuring spoon, measure out the sodium lactate and stir it into your lye-coffee.

Now temper your egg. To do this, remove about a cup of oil from your soapmaking oils. Whisk the entire egg (no shell, of course) into the oils.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Using measuring spoons, measure out the unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a stick blender to incorporate the cocoa powder into the oils.

Return the oil with the egg mixed into it, to this container and mix again briefly.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Now pour the lye-coffee into the oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach trace. Please note that my coffee and cocoa soap recipe does take a while to trace.

If you’re using a fragrance oil, add it at light trace and keep mixing until the soap batter is like a light pudding.

Pour the soap batter into all six of the mold’s cavities so each is filled. Then go back and circle any remaining soap on top of the soap you just poured.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

If desired, you can add whole coffee beans or another decorative element or soap embed to the top of each of your soaps as an accent.

Allow your soap to set up for at least 48 hours before unmolding. If your soap doesn’t seem like it’s going to come out of the mold easily – especially if it didn’t gel – you can place the mold in the freezer for about a half hour or simply wait an extra day or two. (This mold is thicker than a lot of other silicone molds and therefore it can be more difficult to push the soap out cleanly.)

This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and an entire egg for a luxurious feeling soap with a rich, thick lather. Plus it's palm free! Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog.

Because it’s winter and much colder in my house right now, I got soda ash on the tops of my soaps. However, I loved the contrast between the color of the soda ash and the color of the soap and the coffee beans so I left it on my soaps. If you don’t like the way it looks, you can simply steam or wash it off.

Allow to cure four to six weeks before using.

Don’t have time to make my coffee and cocoa soap recipe? Be sure to check out my check out my favorite coffee and chocolate themed artisan products on Etsy for homemade coffee and cocoa soaps you can buy! Or try Starboard Soap Co.’s Farm Fresh Egg Soap.

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Holiday Foaming Hand Soap DIY

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This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6.25 oz. liquid Castille soap
2.5 oz. distilled (or filtered water)
.05 oz. peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

This peppermint foaming hand soap recipe yields one bottle of soap. Increase the recipe as needed for different sized containers or to make multiples all at once.

Using a digital scale, weigh out all of the ingredients into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Stir gently, then pour into your foaming soap pump bottle and screw on the lid. (Also be sure to try my rose & lavender body wash recipe in your foaming soap pump bottles too!)

I used 250 mL plastic PET bottles with white foamer pumps from SKS Bottle & Packaging.  (You can find these on their website here.)

Now you just need to print the image for your holiday foaming hand soap.

This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your foaming hand soap pumps! Learn how to create festive holiday images for your foaming hand soap containers as well as how to make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap. All you need are three simple, natural ingredients. Not only will these festive holiday soap pumps look great in your bathroom, but they also make great homemade teacher gifts too!

 For the images on my holiday foaming hand soap container, I purchased this Christmas themed clip art from Kenna Sato Designs. (I also love her other cute Christmas clip art found here and here.)

Using a word program – I use OpenOffice which is free to download – create a new text document.

Now insert the image(s) you wish to use onto the document by going to Insert > Picture > From File. Resize the image to 3.5″ wide by clicking on the image, holding down shift then right clicking on the bottom right corner and dragging the image diagonally to the left until it’s the desired size.

Repeat with additional images if desired. (You can find a screenshot tutorial of this process here.)

Now print your page with the images onto a full size white glossy label (inkjet or laser depending on the type of printer you have.) I get my labels from WorldLabel.

Next, simply cut out your image(s), remove the backing, and adhere the image to the front center of your holiday foaming hand soap pump container(s).

Hand draw labels for your holiday foaming hand soap pump containers to give as homemade gifts!

Alternately, you can also draw your own labels!

To create your labels simply sketch out your drawing onto blank white matte sticker paper, using the bottle as a guide so you get the label size right. The color your drawing in with permanent markers or your other favorite medium. Cut out the label.

Now take a clear or crystal clear sticker label and cut the label so it’s slightly larger than your image. Remove the backing from the clear sticker label and place it on top of your image so the image is fully covered. Trim off the excess label. (Alternately, if your labels are small enough, you can also do the same thing with packing tape.) Now adhere the label you just created to your foaming soap pump bottle.

Looking for more homemade gift ideas for the holidays? Then be sure to check out this post for 50 unique holiday gift ideas you can make for friends and family.

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