Recently I had to reduce my caffeine intake, and I'm really missing the morning coffee ritual. I still drink decaf, but dammit, it's not the same! The solution of course, was to make some coffee #soap so that I could enjoy the aroma in the mornings. As a natural bonus, the coffee grounds make a great exfoliant!
I used this recipe as a model. I really liked the design element in this one. The layering is really fun, and makes for a playful bar that looks like a solid dose of cappuccino. This recipe relies only on coffee (ground and brewed) and fragrance and essential oils for colorants, yet it still showcases a drastic variety of hues.
You can see in the picture below how the two containers of soap have a subtle variation in color. The darker soap is colored only with brewed coffee and fragrance and essential oils (I left the nutmeg EO out, opting for cinnamon and clove instead).
|Soap layered with finely ground coffee. Check out the natural coloration of the darker soap|
using only brewed coffee and fragrance and essential oils!
I sprinkled a little bit more coffee grounds on top of the "cream" layer for embellishment.
|Coffee soap waiting to be unmolded.|
I left this one in the mold for two full days, since it was still a little on the moist side after one day. When I unmolded it, the soap was still pliable, similar to the consistency of cutting through a block of cheese. In four weeks or so, this one should be ready to use!
|Coffee soap with a coffee ground accent line.|
|Coffee soap that looks like a cappuccino cake.|