Coffee and Cocoa Soap Recipe (Chocolate Soap with Coffee and Egg)
Learn how to make this coffee and cocoa soap recipe. This natural soap is made with fresh brewed coffee, cocoa powder and egg yolk to cleanse, nourish and condition skin. An easy chocolate soap recipe for natural skin care, this homemade soap recipe boasts rich, thick lather — and it’s palm free! Learn how to make this cold process soap recipe to use as part of your skin care routine for natural beauty. It’s the perfect hydrating homemade body bar for dry skin relief or for sensitive skin.
Coffee and Cocoa Soap
If you’ve been dying to make a DIY chocolate soap, then you’ve come to the right place! This chocolate soap recipe is so rich and luxurious, you’ll wonder how your skin ever survived without it!
This homemade coffee and cocoa soap recipe is made with fresh strong brewed coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder. I also threw in an entire egg to give this homemade soap a luxurious feel and a rich, thick lather. Not only are these soap bars wonderful for skin, but this natural chocolate soap recipe is also formulate to be palm free!
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 cocoa power soap recipe with coffee. 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!
Skin Benefits of Egg In Cold Process Soap
If you’ve never used egg to make soap before, then you’re probably curious why it’s used. 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.
Skin Benefits of Chocolate in Soap
Chocolate provides numerous skin care benefits when used in soap making formulations. Chocolate is not only rich in antioxidants that support wellness, but it also contains bioactive compounds that are great for your skin. Following are the benefits that chocolate provides when used to create homemade soap for natural, nourishing skin care:
- Dark chocolate contains flavanols that studies show can protect against sun damage. In addition, these bioactive compounds may also improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin hydration and density when used regularly.
- This tasty ingredient has anti-aging properties when used in skin care thanks to the antioxidants polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins. It helps lighten dark spots and pigmentation. And, as it may increase collagen, it can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Chocolate may promote healthy cell growth thanks to skin nourishing minerals such as copper, iron, and zinc.
- The naturally occurring minerals and other compounds found in dark chocolate also promote healing, so wounds and acne recover faster.
- The magnesium found in chocolate helps promote healthy sleep and may reduce stress.
- Flavonols are wonderful for skin inflammation. These compounds reduce body inflammation making chocolate a wonderful skin care ingredient for dry and eczema prone skin.
Coffee Skin Care Benefits in Soap Making
Coffee has a number of natural benefits for skin care. Not only is coffee soap perfect for use in the kitchen to remove strong odors from hands, it also helps skin in other ways.
As the caffeine in coffee acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, it may also help to reduce the appearance of redness or rosacea. In addition, it is believed that the enzymes found in coffee’s natural oils can aid in detoxifying and cleansing skin. Therefore, it is a great choice for those who are prone to acne or other skin conditions such as eczema.
Want to make your own coffee and cocoa soap recipe with egg? Here’s how!
Coffee and Cocoa Soap Recipe with Egg
© Rebecca D. Dillon
This cold process chocolate soap recipe is a wonderful way to care for skin. Not only does it gently cleanse and hydrate skin, but you’ll also enjoy the skin benefits of the ingredients used: cocoa powder, coffee and egg. This recipe yields just under 2 pounds of soap prior to curing.
Chocolate Soap Ingredients:
These are the ingredients you need to make this cold process soap with cocoa and coffee:
Soap Making Fats
- 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
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 egg, tempered
- 1 Tablespoon (60% solution) sodium lactate
- 1.25 oz. fragrance oil, optional
Cold Process Coffee and Cocoa Soap Notes
Following are some notes I took when formulating this cold process soap recipe. They will help you make any changes or customize the final product to your own liking.
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, this recipe has a high percentage of olive oil. Therefore, 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 nicely once removed from the mold, however. So, in all fairness, you really don’t have to worry about having a soft soap.
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.)
How to make Coffee and Cocoa Soap
Before we begin, you do need to be familiar with making cold process soap for this recipe. If you aren’t, you can learn how to make cold process soap here. Further, 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. This will give you a feel for the process so you know you can create a successful soap. The ingredients also cost less, which can save money if you do have issues making soap the first time.
Ready to make this amazing chocolate soap recipe? Let’s get started! Here is how to make coffee and cocoa soap:
1. You’ll begin by mixing your lye-water. Or, in this case, lye-coffee.
2. Measure out the amount of (room temperature) coffee needed into a heat proof container.
3. 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.)
4. Set the lye-coffee aside to cool.
5. 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.
6. Once your ingredients have melted, remove from heat and set aside.
7. Allow the lye-coffee and your butter-oil mixture to cool to room temperature or around 76°F.
8. Using a measuring spoon, measure out the sodium lactate and stir it into your lye-coffee.
9. 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.
10. Using measuring spoons, measure out the unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a stick blender to incorporate the cocoa powder into the oils.
11. Return the oil with the egg mixed into it, to this container and mix again briefly.
12. 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.
13. If you’re using a fragrance oil to scent this chocolate soap recipe, add it at light trace and keep mixing until the soap batter is like a light pudding.
14. Pour the chocolate 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.
15. 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.
16. Allow your DIY coffee 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.)
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.
17. Allow to cure four to six weeks before using.
Coffee Soap Recipes
If you like my coffee soap recipe, then be sure to pin it for later. You can also try one of my other egg soap recipes including my sea salt shampoo bar recipe and my egg yolk soap recipe as well as my other coffee soap recipes. These include the following:
- DIY Coffee Soap: This homemade coffee soap recipe is made using real coffee! Not only does the coffee in this cold process soap recipe naturally help to neutralize tough odors on hands from cooking, the natural caffeine present in coffee also possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties.
- Melt and Pour Coffee Soap Recipe: Learn how to make an easy caffeinated coffee soap recipe with a coffee scrub center. This homemade soap is made using a melt and pour soap base and is a suitable soap making project for beginners.
- Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe: This easy coffee soap recipe makes a great homemade soap for men and women and is scented with a bourbon vanilla fragrance. This DIY hand milled soap is easy to make and is a great homemade Father’s Day gift for Dad.
- Coffee Kitchen Soap Recipe: If you suffer from allergies you know just how unbearable some fragrances can be. So I decided to craft a kitchen soap using fresh, real ingredients from my herb garden rather than fragrances. This soap is made with coffee grounds to exfoliate skin and help neutralize odors.
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Chocolate Soap Recipes
For more ways to make chocolate soap formulated for chocolate skin care, be sure to try these other amazing recipes:
- Chocolate Orange Soap: This cold process cocoa powder soap is formulated with dark cocoa powder so you can bathe in your favorite food! Scented with orange essential oil that naturally compliments the fragrance of the cocoa powder, this glycerin soap recipe also contains almond extract and a dash of ground cinnamon.
- Chocolate Soap Recipes: Discover a multitude of recipes for making soap with chocolate including a chocolate body wash, coffee and cocoa melt and pour soap, and melt and pour chocolate goat milk soap. You’ll also learn more about the different way to make soap, ingredients used to formulate a chocolate soap recipe and chocolate’s skin care benefits.