Chocolate bath product recipes can take you to chocolate nirvana.
Whip out the chocolate scented candles, put on some relaxing chocolate music, and indulge in some chocolate beauty!
The recipes smell so good, you’ll want to eat them, but these aren’t for eating. (Keep out of reach of children!) You can enjoy these luscious chocolate recipes without gaining any weight! Many of these would make great gifts for your favorite chocoholic.
Read the preparation tips below, or try some of our chocolate bath recipes.
Alas, there is no such thing as a chocolate essential oil, i.e., a scented oil that is naturally derived from the chocolate. For a chocolate scent, you have a few options: first, a chocolate fragrance (aka perfume) oil. You will often see these mistakenly called chocolate essential oil, but they are not natural. Chocolate fragrance oil is chemically derived, just like any other perfume. Make sure to get one that is approved for use on skin, and avoid anything that is designed for candles or potpourri.
Your only options for naturally scented chocolate bath products are unsweetened cocoa powder, cocoa butter that hasn’t been deodorized, chocolate (which is perishable unless combined with a preservative, such as vitamin E), or possibly, chocolate extract. I haven’t experimented with chocolate extract, but as it is mostly alcohol, it would probably take a ton to provide any noticeable scent, plus the alcohol is drying to the skin. But it’s a thought. Good for cooking, though! 🙂
I prefer airtight glass containers for storage. The glass doesn’t absorb any odors or give off any weird chemicals. Look for fun and funky jars and bottles in thrift stores; this will add even more originality to your creations.
Any of the chocolate bath products containing perishable ingredients should be kept in the fridge, but make sure they are labeled so no one eats them!
If your recipe calls for melting and you don’t have a double boiler or a microwave, you can make your own “double boiler” using an old spaghetti jar or glass bowl. Just set it in a larger pot of water and off you go.
Melt and Pour Soap
We’ve included melt and pour (MP) soap recipes because they are far easier to make for the casual crafter. Real soapmaking involves using lye, which can be dangerous; with MP soap, the hard work is already done for you. Here are some tips for working with MP soaps.
Buy soap that is designed for MP. While you can use regular glycerin bar soap, it isn’t designed to melt easily and will be far harder to work with. You can buy MP soap at craft stores and online.
Grate or shave the soap beforehand to make it melt faster.
Keep covered while melting to retain moisture. If melting in microwave, use medium heat. On stovetop, bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer before putting soap in pot. You can remove it from the heat, keeping the pan in the water bath, before the soap is fully melted. Just make sure not boil or overheat the soap. If you need to stir, do so gently to avoid bubbles.
If adding a powder, it is helpful to take a small portion of the soap out, mix the powder in it to form a paste, and then add the paste back to the rest of the soap.
Add fragrances after removing from heat.
You can use pretty much anything for a mold, but the more flexible it is, the easier it will be to get your soap out! Some people spray their soap with rubbing alcohol to remove surface bubbles. This also helps to remove fingerprints from dry soap. If you have trouble getting the soap out of the mold, try putting it in the fridge for a few minutes. You can use the soap as soon as it is cool.
If it’s a glycerin-based soap, make sure to store it wrapped in plastic to keep out moisture.
Please do not eat any of these chocolate bath products. 🙂 Also, make sure to keep out of reach of children, and be careful when heating anything. Discontinue using any product if you experience any discomfort.
Chocolate bath product recipes make a fun gift, for your favorite chocoholic or for yourself!