Recipe for coffee-scented exfoliating soap!
We don’t know about you, but our love of food often gives us ideas for new recipes! It inspires us to create products that seem good enough to eat but that we use on our body! That’s exactly what happened when we dreamed up this recipe for an exfoliating soap scented with mint, chocolate, and coffee. Mmmmmmm…delicious! And the best part is that it can be consumed without moderation!!
Our Mocha Me Minty soap has everything going for it. Its mouth-watering fragrance will make you want to eat it up—not a good idea, of course!—while the addition of ground coffee gives it exfoliating properties. Designed for use on your body, this soap will gently clean your skin and leave behind a delightful scent.
No time for your morning coffee? Don’t worry: the stimulating coffee scent of this Mocha Me Minty soap will wake you right up. Even better than a steaming cup of joe—well, almost!
How to make your handmade exfoliating soap.
- 630 g (23.58%) olive oil
- 540 g (20.21%) sweet almond oil
- 360 g (13.47%) coconut oil
- 90 g (3.37%) castor oil
- 180 g (6.74%) raw cocoa butter
Sodium hydroxide solution
Additives to the coffee-chocolate batter
- 9 g (0.34%) cocoa absolute
- 9 g (0.34%) coffee essential oil
- 23 g (0.86%) benzoin essential oil
- 14 g (0.52%) cocoa powder
- 12 g (0.45%) ground coffee
Additives to the mint batter
- 23 g (0.81%) almond aromatic essence
- 18 g (0,67%) peppermint essential oil
- 2 g (0.07%) green oxide
- whole coffee beans to add as decoration
- Large silicone mold (with wood frame)
- Scales accurate to1g and 0.1g
- 2 large stainless steel bowls + 1 small stainless steel bowl
- 1 large pyrex measuring cup or HDPE container for mixing the sodium hydroxide solution (minimum capacity 1,000 ml)
- Immersion blender
- Spoons and small ramekins
- 2 silicone spatulas
- Protective soap-making gear
Good to know!
Some of the fragrances used in this exfoliating soap recipe tend to speed up trace, meaning that the soap will start to solidify rapidly after they are added. As a result, you need to work quickly and divide the batter when trace is still very light.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Take the necessary precautions for handling sodium hydroxide safely.
- Prepare the sodium hydroxide solution: measure the water and sodium hydroxide separately; pour the sodium hydroxide into the water, contained in a Pyrex measuring cup or HDPE pot; mix together and leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, weigh the coconut oil, castor oil, and cocoa butter in a large stainless steel bowl and melt over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat, add the olive and sweet almond oils, and let cool.
- Prepare the additives to the coffee-chocolate batter: Place all the additives in the second large stainless steel bowl (cocoa absolute, coffee essential oil, benzoin essential oil, cocoa powder, and ground coffee.) Mix well.
- Prepare the additives to the mint batter: Place all the additives in the small stainless steel bowl (almond aromatic essence, peppermint essential oil, and green oxide colouring). Mix well. Crush the green oxide granules with the silicone spatula.
- When the sodium hydroxide solution and vegetable oil mixture have both reached between 35 and 45º C, add the sodium hydroxide to the oils, mixing with the immersion blender.
- Mix the sodium hydroxide and the oils together well. At very light trace, pour half of the soap batter [i.e., mixture of oils and sodium hydroxide] into the bowl containing the coffee-chocolate additives.
- Pour the mint batter additives into the rest of the soap batter. Using the immersion blender, carefully mix the batter so the colours are fully integrated.
- Working quickly, mix the contents of the bowl containing the coffee-chocolate batter, then pour all of the brown mixture into the silicone mold.
- From a height, pour the green batter onto the brown batter, along the length of the mold. Set aside a little of the green batter to add in long threads to the top.
- Using the stem of the thermometer, make figure eights along the length of the mold.
- If desired, place whole coffee beans evenly along the top of the soap.
- Cover soap for 24 to 48 hours.
- To unmold, pull the silicone walls away from the sides of the soap, turn the mold upside down, and press lightly along the bottom. The soap should unmold easily.
- Slice bars of soap into 1 inch thicknesses.
- Let dry for 4 to 6 weeks before using.