I have been a soap making machine. Mostly because I keep screwing recipes up.
Are they all soap that will clean your butt and leave your skin wonderfully moisturized? Heck yeah!
Are they lovely soaps with fluffy lather and luscious scents that I’d want to give to my friends and family?
Not so much.
And so I keep trying. Specifically, I’m trying to find/make recipes that don’t take huge amounts of expensive ingredients that I have to special order from magical lands of organic goodness.
So many online recipes require things that I just plain old don’t want to mess with. Like palm oil. First you have to find the kind that doesn’t destroy rain forests and kill puppies. Ok, it doesn’t actually kill puppies, but you need to find fair trade organic. And then you have to melt the whole damn container every time you use it. Blah.
Other recipes require huge amounts of essential oils that cost more than god. (See rose absolute.) That shit better fold my laundry and give me orgasms every time I smell it for those prices. Keep in mind, you need approximately 1 oz per pound of oils when you are making soap, give or take depending on the specific oil.
I want my soap to be skin loving and give me lots of fluffy lather. And most important, I want it to be easy. Easy to make, easy to use.
So I keep trying to make my own perfect base recipe. And then I ran out of ingredients.
But then I got creative.
This is how I ended up making coffee and cream soap. Sadly, without shea butter, which is one of my favorites. I’d also like to have some hemp oil. And ditch the soybean oil for something nicer, since soybean is sort of just a filler.
But, dude, coffee and cream!
I hear that coffee is good in soaps. Energizing and good for clearing up redness of all sorts in the skin. Also good for undereye bags. And coffee!
Milk is one of my two favorite soap additives. Personally, I don’t bother with goat’s milk. Yet. This time I’m using good old fashioned evaporated cow’s milk. Just a warning, milk is going to turn your soap orange. Solved by adding coffee this time around. It’s just what milk does in soap.
So, on with the recipe!
Coffee with Cream Soap
Coconut Oil 30%
Olive Oil 30%
Soybean Oil 20%
Grapeseed Oil 10%
Almond OIl 10%
(You can ditch the soybean oil and use 50% olive oil instead, just run it through a lye calculator)
Lye required for a 5% solution
Divide your water requirement in half, one half will be coffee the other evaporated milk (you can use goat’s milk, if you like)
1 tablespoon coffee grounds per pound of oils (you can leave this out, but it looks pretty and is a nice exfoliator)
If you choose to add fragrance oils, be sure to get the kind made for cold process soap. You will need a total of approximately 1 ounce per pound of oils.
To make the coffee, you can’t just use regular old brewed coffee. It won’t be strong enough. Instead, simmer a cup of grounds with plenty of water for about 20 minutes. It should verge on a syrup. Strain it using your favorite straining method. Frankly, it’s alright if it’s not perfectly strained. This is what you will use for your lye solution, creating a double strength solution (that means really really caustic!) Make it in an ice bath so it doesn’t get too hot. It helps to partially freeze the coffee.
You can either add your milk to your coffee/lye solution or directly to your oils. It’s up to you.
Make the soap using your favored method, adding the coffee grounds when you reach trace. Frankly, I’d recommend cold process, in this case. It’s very easy to burn your coffee and milk. Milk always makes the hot process act weird, anyway.
Ta-da! Coffee with Cream soap for your scrubbing pleasure.