That title is a tongue twister! 😛🤣 In this post, I’ll go through the process of how I make my Minty Mocha Soap Bars. Keep reading…
Heyyy y’all! It’s me, Kim, the owner of She Sells Bombs, a small business dedicated to providing all you beautiful lovlies (no matter your gender or skin color) with high-quality, all-natural, and exclusive bath/body products that all have sustainable, responsibly-sourced luxury ingredients… in addition to NO parabens, harsh sulfates, or phthalates. My handmade cosmetics and luxury soaps are also vegan & cruelty-free.
I hope all of you are having a wonderfully-fabulous day. Today I’m going to share with you all about my “Minty Mocha” hand-poured artisan soap bars because let me just tell you.. these bars of soap are super hydrating and especially aromatic! My entire house smelled of mint chocolate chip after the making, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of this soap. Created by using the cold process soap-making technique, which allows for you to be able to control what ingredients go into your soaps, thus allows for better customization. If you want all-natural ingredients, you can control that. If you want a soap with organic & vegan ingredients, you can totally do that too. With most melt & pour soaps, you don’t have that luxury.
This soap is packed with moisturizing luxury oils and butters, leaving your parched skin feeling hydrated and refreshed so much more so than popular brands of department store “soap.” (( I put that in quotations because most big brands of soap aren’t actually soap, by definition, at all. More on that in a future post. Stay tuned! 😉))
So anyways, I just tested out a small sample bar of my new menthol-y “Minty Mocha”, and my hands feel (and smell) super ahh-mazing! I must say I am a little bit proud of myself here, y’all… 🤩🥳😎
WHAT “MINTY MOCHA” DOES FOR YOUR SKIN:
There are several beneficial ingredients in this mint chocolate chip soap bar. First of all, the luxury oils and butters. I use combinations of 100% pure quality oils with combinations of the below luxury ingredients to create our luxurious products. Whether the soap you choose has olive oil, argan oil, or both, I use 100% pure oils like 100% pure cold pressed olive oil. My 100% pure and sustainable palm oil is purchased from a company that supports sustainable and fair trade harvesting in Africa. (I’m also a dedicated member of the Greener Life Club.)
Here’s an example or two of the luxury ingredients included in this decadent, minty soap and their unique skin-loving benefits:
- Moroccan Argan oil — treats a number of different inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea; has both antibacterial and fungicidal properties; and has long been used as an anti-aging treatment
- Mango Butter — plumps the appearance of skin with its Vitamin C content; moisturizes acne-prone skin since it won’t clog pores; and protects your skin from free radicals generated by UV exposure
The Actual Making of My “Minty Mocha” — Mint Chocolate Chip Soap Bars
As always, I started off by measuring out my ingredients. I made my lye water solution by adding sodium hydroxide to the appropriate amount of distilled water. I made certain to wear protective safety goggles and nitrile gloves. Then next, I gathered all my luxurious oils and hydrating butters. There’s olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, tammanu oil, sustainable palm oil, shea butter, mango butter, and cocoa butter… all of which will leave your skin feeling soft and silky smooth. I combined these heavenly oils and butters, and then heated them on the stove until the hard oils and the butters had reached their melting points.
I put them into the freezer for a few minutes to cool until they reached about 90 degrees. Then I checked to make sure my lye/water solution had cooled to approximately 85-95 degrees. When I was certain my soaping temperatures were right, then it was time to start the making of this lustrous soap!
This is where the above video begins. . .
I combined my lye water solution with my melted oils and butters. To reach emulsification, I used my stick blender to mix these lavish ingredients until it had reached a light “trace.” Trace occurs when the soap batter has reached the desirable thickness.
I poured my naturally-yellowish soap batter mixture into 4 large, equally-portioned cups with spouts made for pouring. I had already added my natural cappuccino brown mica to two cups and my mint green mica to the other two cups. And my peppermint essential oil and natural, rich dark chocolate fragrance oil too. I then took my blender to each cup of batter, gently mixing in the micas and fragrance/essential oils with the wet soap batter.
Once they were well-blended, I poured the two alternating colors in a zig-zagging motion into the loaf mold I chose to use. I filled up the loaf with wet batter, and topped it off by taking a spoon and gently whisping the brown batter from one side over to the other side of green batter, making the top of the soap loaf have the appearance of decadent, dripping chocolate.
And that’s it, y’all!
I waited about 18-24 hours before slicing into 1” bars and stamping them with my business name. Then, I put them on a shelf and allowed for them to cure for at least 4-6 weeks.
What did you think of my super-quick tutorial? Let me know in the comments below!
THANKS! Y’all are the best!! 😘