I came by some good quality ground coffee beans recently and since I no longer have a coffee maker, I immediately thought of making soap with it.
I brewed the coffee by scooping the grounds into tea bags and steeping them in boiling hot water. When the mixture cooled to room temperature, I put it in the fridge overnight.
For this 1kg recipe, I brewed 6 heaping tea spoons of coffee in 330grams of water. That’s strong stuff!!!
The coffee lye solution turned the creamy batter into chocolate brown (a bit lighter than the picture) which immediately had me thinking about cuppaccinos 😀
Coffee is supposed to help boost blood circulation and it’s touted to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Honey is a humectant that helps keep skin moisturized so this should be a great all over body soap in addition to the coconut oil and Shea butter base.
The coffee and honey scent came through ever so subtly after the cook but the lady I was making this for likes fragrance so I used the closest complementary fragrance I had: oatmeal milk and honey. I think the kitchen now smells like an exotic cafe!
As this soap was going to be just one colour, I decided to give it some interest by using a round mould and giving it a honeycomb effect. I’ve wanted to do this for a while but *inserts excuse*
Here’s how it looked out of the mould:
All in all I’m quite pleased with how this soap turned out and it’s reinforced my leaning toward making more hot process soap.
All wrapped up and ready to go!