A lot of articles on the internet speak of the beauty benefits caffeine can provide when applied directly on the skin through soaps, scrubs, lotions, and buffs. When browsing the research studies on them I saw some mixed results so I won’t gush about how coffee tightens the skin and removes cellulite because it may or may not work for you. Instead, I will say that by adding coffee grinds to your homemade soaps you add a great exfoliation ingredient and will smell delightful all day long.
Since the recent ban on microbeads in the cosmetic industry, many companies have been trying to find new ingredients to provide a soft exfoliation that is better for the environment. What better than a natural substance that most of us already use on a daily basis?
This melt and pour soap tutorial will walk you through the simple process of making a homemade coffee soap bar for you to use or gift to your coffee loving friends.
Here is what you need:
- 10 oz of Clear glycerin melt and pour soap base
- 8 oz of a white melt and pour soap base (Shea butter is great for this since it adds moisture)
- 1/3 cup of your favorite ground coffee
- Cute silicone soap molds (baking molds will work as well)
- 2 Microwave safe glass bowls
- Small Spray bottle with Alcohol (optional- used only to get rid of bubbles when pouring soap)
1) Weigh out each soap base to the designated weight so you don’t have any left over.
2. Cut each melt and pour the base into small squares and place in separate mixing bowls.
3. Melt the clear glycerin melt and pour soap base for an initial 45 seconds then 30-second intervals after that until a liquid consistency is met. Pour the soap evenly in each mold and let set.
4. Melt the white soap base in the same 45 second and 30-second intervals as the clear base.
5. As quickly as you can mix in the ground coffee and pour into the molds on top of the clear soap.
6. At this point, it may be best to place the molds in the refrigerator while they cool. If you can’t, no problem just let them set out for at least 45 minutes. After that, they may still be soft, if you take them out just let them sit outside of the molds.
This recipe yields about six bars of soap so scrumptious that you will be tempted to eat them. I may not seem necessary to say this but please keep the soap out of your mouth; I know how tempting it may be!
The bottoms of these bars have a built-in exfoliator that may or may not tighten skin and provide a youthful look.