Inside: This easy-to-make coffee exfoliating soap using a melt and pour soap base is a great soap to give as gifts.
Love the smell of coffee but not the taste? Why not make a homemade coffee exfoliating soap that smells just like the real thing? Instead of drinking your morning cup ‘o joe to wake up, you can have the scent of coffee with your morning shower.
Homemade coffee soaps are a practical gift that anyone can use. Soaps are a consumable gift that does not create clutter. They don’t have to be dusted or stored somewhere for long. And since many men like the smell of coffee too, a bar of coffee soap makes a great gift for almost anyone.
Just be warned…once you or your friends use your handmade soap, they may no longer like the store-bought soap as much.
Let me show you how to make one of the easiest homemade soap recipes around using easy melt and pour soap base.
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What to Purchase to Make Homemade Coffee Soap
You can pick up a package of soap base at most hobby and craft stores (Michaels or Hobby Lobby) or order it online from Amazon.
Any melt and pour soap base will work for this project but I prefer the SFIC brand as it is a more natural product than many others. It can be ordered from many soap suppliers such as BrambleBerry or Elements Bath & Body.
You can choose a plain base or any variation you choose for this easy recipe. Both goat’s milk soap base and shea butter melt and pour soap are great soap bases for beginners to use.
For the exfoliating part, you will need to purchase ground coffee that you use in a drip coffee maker. Don’t use instant coffee. It can dissolve and give the soap a muddy look.
Alternatively, you can buy coffee beans and grind them to the consistency you prefer. I prefer smaller grounds as they provide more gentle exfoliation.
You will also need a glass container to use to melt the soap base and a mold to pour the soap base into. You can use a Pyrex measuring cup or an old glass jar to melt the soap and yogurt containers or small Gladware or Ziplock containers as molds if you want to save money making homemade soap.
If you plan to purchase soap molds, I much prefer silicone molds to plastic ones. The soap releases so much easier from the silicone.
If you want the soap to smell like a freshly brewed cup of coffee you will need to purchase either a coffee fragrance oil or a coffee essential oil. The coffee grinds will not scent the soap much at all.
Recently I have found essential oils at Walmart in the health and beauty aisles. If you choose to use a fragrance oil or an essential oil, be sure to carefully research the correct usage amount before using it.
Isopropyl alcohol is great to have on hand if you make a lot of soaps. While not necessary, a quick spray of isopropyl alcohol (also called rubbing alcohol) will remove any bubbles that appear on the surface of the soap after you pour it into the molds.
Homemade Soap Can be a Great Project with the Kids
With supervision, this homemade soap recipe is an easy project you can do with the kids. They can (carefully) stir the warm soap and also sprinkle the coffee grounds on top of the soap. My 12-year-old loved making soap with me and made several bars for family members.
The coffee melt and pour soap recipe below will make 4 – 4 oz. bars. To make only one bar (like I did in the pictures below), use 4 oz. of soap base and 3/4 teaspoon of coffee grounds.
The coffee grounds are, of course, optional. You can still make a great bar of soap without it. It just won’t be an exfoliating soap. You can use fresh coffee grounds, but used coffee grounds also work great.
- 1 pound of soap base, (1/2 of this package) will make about 4 bars of soap, depending on mold size (I like goats milk or shea butter soap base for this project.)
- soap mold, yogurt containers, or other small plastic containers
- sharp knife
- cutting board
- glass container, pyrex measuring cup or mason jars work great
- 1 Tablespoon coffee grounds (not instant coffee), optional
- fragrance or essential oil, optional
- isopropyl alcohol in a small spray bottle
How to Make Homemade Coffee Soap
Let’s get started making soap. First, gather all your supplies. (See supply list above.)
Your soap base will need to be chopped into pieces before melting. Using a knife and cutting board, carefully chop the soap into approximately 1/2″ cubes. You can use your kitchen utensils for this. Remember, it is just soap.
Once you have the soap chopped into cubes, place them in the glass container. Melt the cubes in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. (If only making one bar start with 20 seconds.) Continue melting in the microwave in 15-second increments until most of the soap is melted.
Do not overheat. It is better to stop heating the soap before it is fully melted. You can continue to stir to melt the remaining soap.
If you don’t have a microwave you can place the glass container containing the soap cubes in a shallow pot of water or use a double boiler and melt over low heat on the stove until the soap is melted.
Once the soap is fully melted, stir in a few drops of coffee fragrance oil or essential oil if you are using it to make the soap smell nice. Then stir in the coffee grounds.
The coffee grounds do not really add much scent to the soap, just a little scrubbiness. (Is that even a word? Spell check is telling me it isn’t.)
Pour the melted soap mixture into your molds and sprinkle a few coffee grounds on top if you would like. Immediately spray isopropyl alcohol on the soap the dissolve any air bubbles. You can also sprinkle a thin layer of coffee grounds in the bottom of the mold before pouring in the soap.
Allow the soap to harden for approximately 2 hours. For best results, the soap should have cooled to room temperature before attempting to remove it from the mold.
If the soap doesn’t release easily, place the soap in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Once un-molded, it is best to wrap the soap in plastic wrap to keep it from attracting moisture from the air.
You’ve made your very own coffee soap bars. See how easy that was?
Cleaning Up From Soapmaking
Since you made soap, clean up is fairly simple. Wipe out any excess soap with paper towels. Let all your dishes soak in a sinkful of water for about 30 minutes and the soap should just wash right out.
Get ready to wow your favorite coffee lover with a very special bar of homemade soap! Your family and friends won’t believe you made your own soap.
Other Melt and Pour Soap Recipes
- How to Make Layered Melt & Pour Soap
- A detailed tutorial on how to use melt and pour soap base plus a recipe for Lime & Cedarwood Soap
- How to Make Decorative Soaps
- Homemade Soap Gifts
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- 1 pound melt and pour soap base
- 1 Tablespoon coffee grounds
- essential oil or fragrance oil, optional
- isopropyl alcohol, in a spray bottle, optional
Using a knife and cutting board, carefully chop the soap into approximately 1/2″ cubes.
Place the soap cubes in a glass container. Melt the cubes in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue melting in the microwave in 15-second increments until most of the soap is melted.
Once the soap is fully melted, stir in a few drops of coffee fragrance oil or essential oil if you are using it.
Then stir in the coffee grounds.
Pour the melted soap mixture into your molds and sprinkle a few coffee grounds on top if you would like. Immediately spray isopropyl alcohol on the soap the dissolve any air bubbles.
Allow the soap to harden for approximately 2 hours before removing from the molds.
Wrap the soap in plastic wrap to keep it from attracting moisture from the air.