Chocolate Hazelnut Soap

This past weekend, one of my best friends came to visit. She and I have known each other since those uncomfortable junior high days of braces, over-sized glasses and zero sense of style. Fortunately, we survived the preteen years and have come out the other side with an awesome friendship and (hopefully) a little less adolescent awkwardness.


We spent this past weekend hanging out downtown, eating great food, reminiscing about old times and of course, crafting. I couldn’t wait to share my new love of soap-making. I’ll admit, after my last soaping mishap I was a bit nervous to create my own recipe. But when you’re crafting with friends, the mistakes are half as frustrating and the successes twice as fun, so why not give it another shot?


After researching soaping oils and shopping for ingredients (we found everything we needed at my local grocery store), we came up with a simple chocolate hazelnut recipe that’s perfect for holiday gifts and almost delicious enough to eat!


What kinds of fun DIY projects have you done with friends?

Chocolate Hazelnut Soap
Makes about sixteen 2.5 ounce bars of soap

For the full cold process soap making instructions, check out Tiffany’s beginner’s soap making tutorial.

Base Oils
11.2 oz. canola oil (35% of total oils)
1.6 oz. hazelnut oil (5% of total oils)
9.6 oz. coconut oil (30% of total oils)
9.6 oz. olive oil (30% of total oils)

Lye Solution
10 oz. water
4.5 oz. lye

Add 1/2 ounce of bakers chocolate and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to your melted oils. Make sure chocolates are completely mixed into the oils, then combine with lye solution and complete the soap making process.

Remember to let your soaps cure for 4-6 weeks before using or gifting!

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  1. Yum! I’d love to know how the fragrance is once the have cured. You will be smelling wonderful!

    • I didn’t use any fragrance oil or essential oil, so you won’t get an extremely strong scent. But with the bakers chocolate and cocoa powder, you’ll definitely still get delicious notes of chocolate as you use the soap. 🙂

  2. This looks amazing!

  3. can’t wait to try it!

  4. wow. they really look like edible chocolate bars.

  5. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks great. I am fairly new to soap making and am at the stage to know enough to be occasionally dangerous in my blends. Most of my recipes have worked out but for a sadly failed buttermilk carrot soap that sounded lovely but boiled over in the mold! Been there!

    • I’ve definitely had my share of soaping mishaps – like getting distracted and having my entire soap batch harden in my mixing bowl before I could pour it in my mold! It’s all a part of learning, I guess! 🙂

    • Cynthi a Hughes, I realize your post is from 2013 but in case anyone else finds Sarah’s kind sharing of her recipe here I’d like to give a little help with an issue you had. Adding milk will produce heat as you found. I am somewhat a newby as well to soaping but found online info that if you freeze your milk, I use Goat’s milk, into ice cubes it will prevent what you ran into. Put frozen milk cubes into container you will be adding the lye to and then put ‘that’ container into an ice bath. Stir small amount of lye into frozen cubes and stir, stir, stir. Leave it for a little while (I think I left mine 5-10 minutes) then give it a stir, add more lye and repeat. It takes close to an hour for the lye to completely melt the frozen milk cubes and you want your lye not to get over 80 or milk can scorch. Don’t be surprised if the butter in the milk begins to saponify (mine did) by the time the milk is dissolved. Your oils should be 80ish at this time so you’ll be pouring the lye/milk solution down your stick blender or spatula to prevent bubbles. Also another GREAT tip was to put my soap loaf in an ice water bath and it was suggested to use a silicon loaf, which I had. The ice bath worked GREAT, no eruptions and no cracking or anything! Do spritz the top of your soap with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (I only have 91% and it works great) to prevent soda ash. I hope this will help you or others as finding this info allowed me to conquer my fear of soaping with milk. Sarah, THANKS for sharing with the rest of us!! I look forward to trying out your recipe.

  6. Sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it. Just wondering how big your mold is. I am new to this soapmaking stuff and I am confused how to change the measurements to fit in my mold, or if thats even possible.

  7. What an incredibly fun creative idea. I am wanting to try a Chai Tea Latte Bar and have a few creative ideas. I’ve followed recipes, but never created one on my own. So I’m wondering, how do you decide how much of each different type of oil? I’ve got some oils in mind but I have no idea how much to use of each. Your numbers are always so precise and I’m wondering how you get there?

  8. Thank you!!!

  9. Does it matter if you use sweetened or unsweetened bakers chocolate?

    • I’ve only use the unsweetened, but I think you could definitely try with the sweetened. The sugar content may give it a bit of a different feel, but with the small amount in the recipe, I think it’d work fine. Hope that helps and let me know how the sweetened chocolate turns out! 🙂

  10. Anything I could use instead of canola?

  11. What can I use instead of Canola oil?

  12. I just attempted my first batch. I’m not sure if I did the lye correctly or not, because my stupid thermometer didn’t seem to work. I hope it turns out.

  13. I’ve made this soap a few months ago and it has been a total failure. I make my soap since almost 2 years so I’m not a total newbie.
    in the beginning everything seemed to work fine, the soap cured well and it was hard at touch.
    The problems began when I start using it. the first few days were fine, then the soap went very soft and it kind of melts on your hands, so I have to rinse them very well, otherwise I have residues of soap on my hands or on towels.
    I made sure to use an appropriate soap dish, in order to avoid/minimize contact with water while not in use. In the beginning I thought the problem was due to the temperature (even if our summers are definitely not hot), however the problem still persists even with extra curing time.
    Did anyone else experience the same problem?

  14. I just finished curing this one… I don’t know how to tell if I did it right though. It lathers fairly well, so I’m guessing that’s a good sign. It’s hard as a rock.



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