How to Make Homemade Cocoa Mint Soap

Homemade Cocoa Mint Soap
Have I mentioned my love of mint chocolate chip ice cream? Because I could eat a whole carton of that stuff anytime, anywhere. In an effort to avoid doing just that, I made mint chocolate lip gloss. And it makes me happy every time I taste it. So when I started playing around with homemade soap, well, you know where this is going.

Homemade Soap Recipe with Cocoa and Mint

Homemade Soap Recipe with cocoa and mint

Have you ever made homemade soap? One of the first things I made after starting this blog was glycerin soap with fresh herbs. It was crazy easy! But after giving it all away I never made more. On a random trip to Michaels I discovered the mother load of soap bases – goat’s milk, olive oil, shea butter. Time to make some soap!

To make your own soap recipe, you will need:

  • Shea butter soap base
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 6-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • Soap mold. Don’t bother buying a plastic mold – just reuse a plastic or cardboard container.

how to make homemade soap

Melt the shea butter soap base in 30 second intervals in the microwave until it is liquified. Use a microwave safe container, like a glass Pyrex measuring cup, that makes it easy to mix and pour.

After the soap is melted, add the cocoa powder, chopped mint and a few drops of peppermint essential oil until it smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Stir together really well and pour into your mold. Sprinkle a bit more cocoa powder on top. Let it sit for an hour or so until it hardens. Then take it out of the mold and cut into bars.

Homemade Soap Recipe with cocoa and mint

I love how decadent and rich it looks – and yes, it smells amazing. Is it a good sign that 2 of my kids tried to take a bite? They both thought it was candy. :)

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Comments

  1. says

    This soap looks amazing and I have all the ingredients at hand. One question: Does the cocoa powder make “chocolate milk” out of the bath water?
    I’m just wondering if there will be stains on my white washcloths.

  2. Korálka Farebná says

    I am a big fan of natural remedies and herbal healing, trying to find an alternative for all the chemicals-so I am looking for an alternative to soap, shampoo etc. but I am questioning myself-HOW can a mixture of something greasy( shea butter and peppermint oil)with a powder(cocoa)remove grease(what a purpose of a soap is)? How can something like this remove natural grease and dirt from your skin, eventually(mainly)your hair? I have tried soap nuts as a detergent and to wash my hands and hair, but the hand made extract is not very concentrated. I am looking for the best all-in-one natural hand-made detergent all my life. Thank you so much for your answer!!!:)

  3. Sally says

    My chief complaint about commercially produced scented soaps is that the scent does not linger after rinsing. How long does the scent linger with the homemade soap?

    • Niki says

      I don’t know about this particular kind of homemade soap, but I make goats milk soap and I’ve only had one scent that lingered after rinsing off. The bathroom always smells like it but the skin rarely does. If this one does I REALLY want to try it. The essential oil may make the difference.

  4. says

    DO NOT microwave anything if you want this soap to be beneficial for the skin.. microwaving alters the compounds of the items to a cancer causing compound… and use cacao not cocoa.. there is a difference between the two .. and get your ingredients from a a organic source as well..

    • Lulu says

      OK, wow. I was skimming this post and felt the need to point out to other readers to ignore this advice.

      1) If you actually knew what microwaves are and how they work (instead of Googling it and reading all the crap online), then you’d know this is so not true. Not even remotely. It’s like someone still being afraid of electricity just because they don’t understand it. Don’t use a leaky microwave and you are fine. Similar to don’t stick scissors in an electrical outlet.

      2) And also, as someone who works for one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, I feel I should mention that cocoa powder is just ground cocoa beans, which come from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). If someone told you cacao is different from cocoa….well, you’ve been scammed.

      3) However, I do agree we should look for especially fair trade cocoa powder (not the easiest to find in North America) and organic if you can get it. Growing cacao is extremely difficult without pesticides/fungicides, so be prepared to pay. But then I’m a bit of a chocolate snob ;)

    • gerbermom says

      I would say you probably want to use the soap up within 2-3 months. And the citric acid wouldn’t hurt but I wouldn’t think it’s necessary.

  5. ellen says

    Is there a recipe for the soapbase? I have some shea butter. Just wondering if I can make it myself. Thanks and I love your recipes. Thank you so much!

  6. Jackie says

    Finally a boutique soap that I can make at home! Since I am not going to use lye, this is a perfect homemade recipe. Thank you for sharing! :)

  7. Jessie Rae says

    This is such beautiful soap. But it it not “homemade” soap. Melt and pour takes a lot of work still, but the title is misinforming.

  8. Sal says

    Awesome recipe! I was just wondering how much soap base you use, and does the bar come out creamy and moisturizing (I’m assuming it does!) Thanks!

    • gerbermom says

      Great question! I used about 1/3 of the soap base to make this amount. And yes, it’s very creamy!

      • Lia says

        Great idea! Is that 1/3 of a cup, of a pound, of a package? Sorry but I just want to make sure before I start. Thanks again!

        • gerbermom says

          It was 1/3 of the shea butter package. Sorry I don’t have a set up shot for you to see all of the ingredients! Craft stores sell it in a block (I think it’s about 1 pound?) and I cut off the part I needed.

          • Dusti says

            I only saw a 32 oz block of soap bases at Michael’s. They were all $10. So that would make the base 1/3 of a two pound block.

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  10. says

    I love choc-mint ice-cream too Stephanie. There’s a shop we go to up the beach and ever since I was little my order has always been the same. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever tried more than about 3 of the flavours. Lucky you were around to stop your kids eating it!

  11. says

    I have all these soap making supplies that I used exactly twice. Which is sad! You have inspired me to dig them out and make this soap. Well, next time I have a Michael’s coupon I can use for the base, at least. :)

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