Peppermint Mocha Soap

Peppermint Mocha Soap - Offbeat & Inspired

When the cold weather hits, you can almost always find me with a hot beverage in hand – cider, tea, hot chocolate and nearly any type of coffee concoction. One of my favorite wintertime treats is the peppermint mocha. It’s the perfect drink to kick off the Christmas season – chocolatey, minty and needlessly caloric. What more could you ask for?


In the midst of my beverage craving, I thought it’d be fun to make a soap based on the peppermint mocha. It looks almost good enough to eat, and the chocolate, coffee and peppermint combination smells delicious. This soap is definitely a winter treat for your body.


What food or drink would you turn into a soap recipe?

Peppermint Mocha Soap
Makes about sixteen 2.5-3 ounce bars of soap

For the full cold process soap making instructions, check out Tiffany’s beginner’s soap making tutorial. This recipe requires you to make two separate soap mixes and then swirl them together at the end.
*Sunflower oil is great for swirled soaps because it slows down trace.

Peppermint Soap Recipe

Base Oils
2.4 oz. sunflower oil (10% of total oils)
7.2  oz. olive oil (30% of total oils)
7.2 oz. canola oil (30% of total oils)
7.2 oz. coconut oil (30% of total oils)

Lye Solution
7 oz. water
3.4 oz. lye

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint essential oil at trace.

Mocha Soap Recipe

Base Oils
.88 oz. sunflower oil* (10% of total oils)
2.62 oz. olive oil (30% of total oils)
2.62 oz. canola oil (30% of total oils)
2.62 oz. coconut oil (30% of total oils)

Lye Solution
2.5 oz. double strength coffee (make sure this is as room temperature before mixing with lye)
1.25 oz. lye

Add 1/4 ounce of melted bakers chocolate and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to your melted oils. Make sure chocolates are completely mixed into the oils.

Soap Swirling Instructions

1. Refer to Tiffany’s soap making tutorial for the full soap making instructions.

2. To create this particular recipe, make both soaps (peppermint and the mocha) at the same time but in separate containers.

3. When both soaps have reached trace, pour the peppermint soap into your mold. Then drizzle your mocha soap over your peppermint soap.

4. Using a knife (or other utensil), drag lines through the soap to create a swirled effect. For a diagram on how to do that, click here.

5. Let your soaps cure for 24-48 hours and then cut into bars. Remember to let your soaps cure for a full 4-6 weeks before using or gifting.

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    Love your soap and the tutorlal. I did try to copy it to include with my daughters Christmas gift (yep, soap molds and ingredients), It was just to lignt to copy. that included your heading because I wanted her to see where it came from so she could join you. I wish a darker color was used because of this; Love your site!!! Thank you for all the great ideas.

    • Thanks so much for your feedback and I’m glad you’re enjoying the soap tutorials! We’re in the process of making some exciting changes to our site, and making the posts more printer-friendly is definitely on our list of to-dos. I hope you enjoy the rest of the site and we’ll have site updates and improvements in the near future! 🙂

  2. Dangerous–I would want to take a bite!

  3. Sounds good enough to eat!

  4. This is on my list of soaps to make! I’m a new soaper and you’re orange soap recipe inspired me to get started in early fall! Just out of curiosity, how much soap does this recipe make? Four pounds?

  5. I am sure I know the answer to this question…. but I want to know if I can re-use the knife I cut my soap with for non-soaping purposes. I know the blender, bowls etc. need to be soap exclusive- but does the cutting tool? After the first 24 hour cure and then cutting into bars I want to re-use that knife.
    Love your website and so excited to make my own soap.

    • So sorry for my delayed response to your question. After 24 hours, the knife is not in contact with raw lye, so you can just wash it and use it. Wash it well, though, because the soap residue may build up over time – definitely give it a good scrub. Hope that helps!

  6. Thanks for the detailed instructions. My problem is getting a pretty swirl and your link is great. The soap has something extra when it is as beautiful to look at as it smells!

    • I’m so glad you liked the post! The swirling can be tricky, but I’m glad you found that link helpful. Another key to swirling is to use oils that slow down “trace”, such as sunflower oil. Happy soaping! 🙂

      • Hello. I’m new to soapmaking and I really want to try making this soap. I clicked the link for how to do the lines in the soap and it came up as Not Found 404. Could you describe how to do that part?

  7. Just wondering what size mold you use for this recipe? I have just started making soap and my loaf is about 40 ounces. I am not really sure if I need to double the recipe or ifit will fit.

  8. Did you pour all of the mocha soap into the peppermint or did you pour a certain amount?

    • Yes! I used all of the mocha soap that the recipe above makes. In my recipes, you’ll notice that the mocha soap is a much smaller batch than the peppermint soap. I did this so that the final product had the color mixture that I liked. Hope that helps!

  9. Hi girls! My husband and I made this soap over the weekend! Love it! Turned out beautifully. Come on over and check out the picture of our finished product. Thanks a bunch!! I’m a new follower.

    The Robin’s Nest

  10. Hi~ New at soaping and having a BLAST. These recipes are Absolutely Amazing! I can’t wait to try them. They are exactly what I was looking for and trying to create but to timid at this point. Thank you so very much for sharing your recipes and amazing ideas. I truly appreciate! Hopefully I will be able to create, share and give back one of these day.

  11. Stephanie says:


    Love the idea of the recipe! I’m fairly new to soap making and in fact I’m in the process of placing my order to get started. For the base oils are the sunflower oil and olive oil runny? Similar to what you would buy in the shops? I’ve managed to find things like coconut oil and palm oil (I know this isn’t used in this recipe) in hard form, but struggling to find the 2 mentioned.


  12. Hello. I’m debating on learning to make my own body wash and soaps. Before I embark on this new adventure I’m wondering if its possible to transform the purchased peppermint bar soap I already have into a body wash as that’s my preference. I love the idea of mocha peppermint soap also. Is there a way I can do it with only using things I already have on hand? Like cooking evoo, essential oil( peppermint) coffee Ect. Also are the body washes I see online safe for the hair as well?
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  13. Kristin Hill says:

    Hello!! LOVE the recipes I have seen on here so far! I have just started out and have fallen in love with it. Questions, baker’s chocolate- can i use all coco powder instead? or does it have to be used?
    Thank you for your time!

    • So glad you like the recipes! As far as the cocoa powder, since it’s just a small additive in this recipe, it should work fine with just cocoa powder. However, you won’t get quite as much of a chocolate look and smell to your soap, as the baker’s chocolate really darkens it. I’ve not tried this with just cocoa powder, so if you do please let us know how it turns out!

  14. I am new to soaping and an official addict. My husband laughs every time I bring home more oils & EOs. This will be my first soap made from two flavors. Any pointers? I saw the link to swirling, but how did you add the mocha soap? Some on the bottom, add the full peppermint soap, then more of the mocha? We are all super excited about this and I’m so happy I found your site. Keep up the great recipes!

    • So great to hear you’ve joined the soaping community. 🙂 It’s definitely addicting! As far as the two flavors, I poured the peppermint (white) soap into the mold then drizzled it with the mocha soap on top. Then I swirled it. Hope that helps! We’re so glad you stopped by our blog!

  15. I love this soap. Am trying this today. Have someone coming over to watch – he wants to sell my soaps… Bit torn about that.

  16. I love all your coffee soaps!!! I have just started soap making and have a few questions about coffee and chocolate. If I add coffee grounds at trace, will the fresh grounds give me a coffee effect or will they just exfoliate? Should they be used or fresh grounds?

    I have also read on soap forums that adding cocoa powder makes the soap run brown when its wet and can be messy. Does bakers chocolate do the same?

    Any advice you can give is appreciated as I really want to try coffee and chocolate cp soap. Thanks!

    • The grounds will be mainly exfoliating and we recommend used grounds. The chocolate in this recipe will turn it a brown color – like chocolate – when it gets wet, which doesn’t bother me at all, but that’s definitely a matter of personal preference. Hope that helps and happy soaping!

  17. Anna Davis says:

    Hello..I plan to make this on Friday question, should I melt the bakers cocoa or just grate before adding to my soap mixture?

  18. Hey,

    I have quick question for this recipe in particular… At what temperature should I combined the lye and oils?

    Thank you,

  19. Hi!I am new to soapmaking and I am just so glad to have found your site.Your tutorials are very informative and inspiring.♥♥♥

  20. I would like to try this recipe using hot process…. I am not sure how to swirl it….. Any suggestions???

  21. Good evening,
    Going to finally get around to making this recipe soon. Question, do you have a recommendation of what I can use instead of canola oil??
    Thank you for your time

  22. I want to eat it!!!

  23. Sarah, thank you for posting this! It’s beautiful! I really want to try it, but I have a concern: my generic soap recipe is similar to yours, but it turns out yellow! I noticed that almost all your oils are yellow, yet your peppermint soap is white. How do you do that? I thought it might be your coconut oil, but you only use it at 30%, which is the same amount I use. How do you get your soap to be so white? Does it start out yellow and then turn white as it cures? Thank you!

    • I’m replying to my own post! I don’t know that this is the correct answer, but I just found on the web that extra virgin olive oil can be darker in color than regular olive oil. I’ve been using extra virgin. Are you using regular, Sarah? Thanks!

  24. When I made this, it ended up bubbling over and it still hasn’t calmed down 🙁 Not sure what I did wrong. The color was so pretty and it was destroyed. Do you have any idea why it might have happened?

  25. I have been making soap for 18 years now
    I would add cocoa powder to this recipe
    It gives such a nice long lasting and natural smell to your soap. I just recently made a coffee butter and cocoa butter soap that smells amazing

  26. Hi,I love this soap, I made it two weeks ago, just my swirl is not so nice like yours. Your link to swirl instruction is not working anymore, would you be so kind to send me please the link where I can see how to do it?Or maybe you have video or pictures from your swirl. Thanks a lot.

  27. How do you make both batches at the same time? I realize you need two separate pots but two hand blenders too? Or can you bring one to trace and the next immediately after? Thanks!

  28. This looks great! Can I replace coffee with water for lye solution? Thanks!!

  29. Love your site….thank you for including places to buy the oils and e/o …I tried to go to link where you show the swirling method but it wouldn’t come up….is this a problem with IPad, do you know, or just your link?

  30. I found this soap to be very drying to my skin…perhaps it was just me but other than that it turned out beautifuly and and looked delicious enough to eat.

  31. I was going to make peppermint soap for Christmas presents, but I think I’ll make peppermint-mocha instead! Thanks for the recipe!

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  33. Jennifer says:

    I am new to dialing, so still learning. I want to try this recipe, and everything I have read days to plug recipes into the key calculator. So, in doing that, I get a higher amount of water than your recipe calls for. What is the significance of having a water deficit? Or did I not enter it correctly?

  34. ameena shehab says:

    I made this soap the very next day, the recipe is great. Nice hard bar, and turned out perfectly. Thanks, and keep the recipes coming!


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