Using coffee as soap is said to benefit the skin by washing away dead skin cells. It is a natural exfoliant, and provides antiseptic protection to avoid acne. It is possible to make your own homemade coffee soap with these simple steps:
1. Prepare the ingredients. For home made coffee soap, you will need the following:
- 2 cups of coffee, chilled
- 2 cups olive oil
- 2 cups coconut oil
- 1 tsp. powdered cocoa
- 4 ounces of lye flakes
- 2 tablespoons coffee grounds (just an add on)
- Soap molds, greased with oil
- Cooking thermometer
- 2 stainless steel or enamel cooking pots
- Stainless steel or plastic spoons
- Saran wrap
- Blanket for insulation
2. Dress for the chore. Also prepare your protective clothing, specifically to protect you from the lye solution, which is harmful when it comes in contact with the skin, and when its fumes come in contact with your eyes, mouth and nose. Use the following materials:
- Safety goggles
- Rubber gloves
- Long sleeve shirt
3. Mix the ingredients.
- Place the chilled coffee in a bowl. Make sure the bowl is big enough and that the coffee only takes up about half of its volume.
- Pour the lye into the coffee, very slowly, since the solution becomes hot immediately after contact. Fumes will be produced at this stage, and it is not safe to inhale the fumes.
- Once all the measured lye has been mixed into the coffee, set the solution aside, away from children and pets.
- Pour the oils into the stainless steel or enamel cooking pot. Heat the oils to from 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the oil from the stove once it becomes fluid.
- Measure the temperature of the coffee and lye solution. If it has reached around 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, slowly pour it into the oils, and make sure the solution does not spill or splash.
- Stir the mixture continuously. It may be placed in a blender after a few stirs to make the mixing process faster (to around 15 minutes), since mixing it by hand until it thickens will take at least two hours (it will be mixed by hand for a minute in 20 minute intervals).
- When placing the mixture in the blender, take care so that it does not splatter or spill. The mixture at this stage can still cause irritations on the skin.
- Mix the solution with the blender for about 15 minutes until it thickens (it is called the “trace” stage, because the mixture gets thick enough to leave a trace on a surface).
- You can add fragrance by dropping a few fragrance oils during the trace stage, while mixing. You can also add coffee grounds to create an “organic feel” to the soap.
4. Mold the soap. Pour the mixture (now already a soap) into the soap molds, and place saran wrapper on top to cover it. Tap the soap molds to get rid of bubbles. Place the soap in a blanket for insulation so that the soap will not cool too quickly. Let it stay there for 1 to 2 days.
5. Soap is now ready. After 2 days, you may now take the soap out of the mold, and let it stand in a cool, dry and dark place for 3 weeks. After that, you can use your coffee soap.