We had a soap party last weekend! A few friends came over and we spent hours melting, mixing, pouring, and having a blast. Coming up with soap recipes and creating them with friends are probably the 2 most enjoyable things about soaping, other than using your very own homemade bar for the first time!
One of the new recipes we tried out was for a coffee soap with jojoba oil. This soap is made with a double-strength coffee base instead of water, used coffee grounds as an exfoliant, and jojoba oil for its great nutrients and skin conditioning properties. We cut the bars last night and now we’re impatiently counting the days until they’re finished curing. We’re really excited to gift these when they’re ready – that is if we don’t end up hoarding them all for ourselves…
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Cafe Soap Recipe
Makes an 84 oz. batch, yielding twenty 4.2 oz. bars if cut from a loaf mold
– if you can’t find some of these oils locally, check the fixed oils section of TheSage.com.
21 oz. olive oil
9 oz. macadamia nut oil
6 oz. jojoba oil
3 oz. castor oil
12 oz. coconut oil
9 oz. palm kernel oil
19 oz. double strength coffee at room temperature
– to make the double strength coffee, pour 2/3 cup course coffee grounds into an 8-cup press and pour 4 cups of simmering water over the grounds. Let it sit for 4 minutes, then press and pour into a pitcher to cool. Save the used grounds for your exfoliant, and save the excess liquid for iced coffee!
8 oz. lye
3 tbsp used coffee grounds
Note: this soap will end up having a light coffee scent once it’s finished curing, but during the curing process (especially at the beginning) the scent of the moisture in the oils will overpower the coffee.
Remember to let your soaps cure for 4-6 weeks before using or gifting! What soap scents are your favorites?