Here is another salt bar made from my weekend at Prairie Soap Company with Benjamin.  If you missed the African Black Soap Salt Bar – check it out here.

Cocoa and Coffee Salt Bar

The soap comes out ROCK HARD and seems to last quite a bit in the shower. My salt bars last forever.

Because they set up fast and hard, I prefer to do salt bars in individual cavity molds. My favorite salt bar shape, and a way to make them unique and different than my regular bar soap, is a half round /half cylinder shape. This mold from Bramble Berry is absolutely perfect.

ADDED:  I get this questions a lot.  “With 100% coconut oil, aren’t these going to be super harsh?”  NOPE!  We use a 20% superfat which means we have 20% of free unsaponified oils in our recipe to help counteract the high amount of coconut oil giving us a really nice bar of soap.

Cocoa and Coffee Salt Bar

Coconut oil – 756 g
Water – 220 g
Lye – 110 g

Fine Sea Salt – 378 g
Coffee grounds – 30 g
Cocoa powder – 10 g

Essential oil blend

Vanilla 10x – 10 g
Bitter Almond – 20 g
Fennel – 10 g
Patchouli – 5 g
Balsam Peru – 15 g
Ylang Ylang 3rd – 5 g

If you are new to making cold process soap, please visit my basic tutorial.

Step 1 – Make your lye solution.  Weight out the water and the lye into separate containers.  Pour the lye into the water and stir.  Set aside to cool down.

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I added the cocoa and coffee to the lye solution, but cocoa is best mixed into the oils.  So add the coffee to the lye and add the cocoa to the oils.  Mix.

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Step 2 – Weigh out the coconut oil and melt.  Melt just until melted and no longer.  Set aside to cool down a bit.

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Step 3 – Weigh out the salt and essential blend so that everything is ready to go!

Step 4 – Time to make soap!  Add the essential oil blend to the oils.  Add the lye solution to the oils.  Mix until you get a very light trace.

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Once you have a light trace, add the salt.

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Pour into the molds.

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Mmmmmmmm these are decadent.  The essential oil blend is amazing.

Salt soap gets hard pretty fast so you’ll be able to unmold the same day!

Be sure to let these beauties cure for a good 4-6 weeks and they’ll become nice and mild.

Happy (Salt Bar) Soaping!

-Amanda Gail

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Now through March 1st, we are having a presale on our newest eClass, Clear Transparent Soap from Scratch!

In this video eCourse, I will show you:

  • How to formulate your own transparent soap recipe that is remelt-able and reusable…similar to MP soap base.
  • We’ll go over base oils and solvents that are available to use and why you would select each type of ingredient.
  • How to make quick hot process transparent soap from scratch. It only takes about 20 minutes once you get the process down!
  • How to remelt and use your base for future projects.

About the soap:

  • The ingredients we use include coconut oil, stearic acid, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, everclear (grain alcohol) and sugar.
  • The soap is remeltable and you can work with it like melt and pour soap base.
  • You can create bars of soap or embeds that you can add to regular cold process soap.
  • You’ll get different varieties of clarity in your soap…we’ll talk about that.

The class will be delivered in a a series of videos and downloadable PDF’s. You’ll have forever access and be able to watch over and over again as you want.

Happy Soaping! -Amanda Aaron