- NOTE: This project and these instructions have been written for someone who has experience making soap and knows the potential dangers due to working with sodium hydroxide. It will not outline all safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
- Put on your protective gear. This is very important since you will be working with an extremely caustic base that can and will burn you if you touch it. Noxious fumes are also released from the exothermic reaction that occurs when you mix the sodium hydroxide with water.
- Prepare the lye solution by weighing the water and lye in two separate containers. Pour the lye into the water, carefully mix in a well-ventilated area and set aside to cool while you prepare your oils. Leave the vicinity quickly after stirring the sodium hydroxide into the water if mixing in a small area. If you get any lye on your skin just wash it off quickly with copious amounts of cool water.
- Melt the Coconut Oil and Palm Oil in double boiler or microwave until melted.
- Add Olive Oil and stir and then set aside.
- While lye water is cooling prepare your colors.
- In first funnel pitcher add Cocoa Powder with a few drops of distilled water and stir then set aside. The water helps break down clumps of the cocoa powder when mixing with the soap batter.
- In the second funnel pitcher add Matte White Pigment Powder - For Oil with a few drops of your melted mixed oils to break up the color and then set aside.
- When lye has cooled, pour lye into liquid oils and hand stir. Then using the stick blender mix in short bursts until batter has reached a light trace.
- To the funnel pitcher with the White Pigment Powder, add 8 oz. of the soap batter.
- Divide the remaining soap batter between the other two funnel pitchers.
- Mix the colored soap batters until completely mixed.
- Add 1 oz. of fragrance oil to the pitcher with cocoa powder and 1 oz. of fragrance to the uncolored batter and stir well. Mix with stick blender for a few bursts to make sure the scent is incorporated.
- With the mold on a flat surface, pour the cocoa powder batter filling the mold to about half of an inch high.
- Pour about the same amount of the uncolored soap batter slowly down the middle of the loaf mold.
- Hold the white colored soap batter over the mold and drizzle two lines up and down the mold.
- Gently pouring, repeat the layers once more over the mold and leave just enough batter to pour one line of each color on top.
- Take a skewer, and starting on the end, stick it just through the top layer and make circular motions all along the top.
- Let sit for 24-48 hours before unmolding.
- Remove soap from mold and slice into bars. If you have trouble unmolding you may place the loaf in the freezer for 45 minutes. Let cure 4-6 weeks.
- Wrap as desired and label accordingly.