DIY Exfoliating Mint Coffee Soap

DIY exfoliating mint coffee soap

I’ve wanted to try making my own soap for a long time. Actually, real soapmaking involves making the soap base from scratch, using lye, oils, and precise measurements. But melt-and-pour soap couldn’t be much easier. It’s all in the name: melt the base, stir in additives like essential oils, herbs, colors or scrubby bits, and then pour it in a mold and wait for the soap to solidify. It’s so simple and satisfying that his coffee mint version definitely won’t be my last semi-homemade soap.

The idea for the scents in this soap came from Philz Coffee, in San Francisco. They’re a small chain we used to go to when we lived there, and if you’re ever near one I highly recommend a cup of my favorite brew, Philtered Soul. They serve their coffee with a sprig of fresh mint, which is a great counterpoint to the coffee flavors. So I figured a mint coffee soap would be a nice invigorating way to clean up, and it totally is. It’s very scrubby, though, so if you want something more gentle, you’ll want to use more finely-ground coffee.

Supplies:
Ground coffee, 1 Tbsp – I used medium-grind coffee I had already brewed, and then I let it dry out on the counter for a day or two.
Soap base, 8 oz by weight – I used this Goats Milk Glycerin Soap.
Mint essential oil
Measuring cup
Knife
Soap mold – I used a tofu container, but plastic or cardboard containers of many shapes and sizes could work. Lots of people use milk cartons.

DIY exfoliating mint coffee soap

Steps:
1. Cut up about 8 oz of soap (a bit less than a cup, melted) into chunks, and place it into a microwave-safe container.
DIY exfoliating mint coffee soap
2. Melt the soap according to the directions on your package. I melted mine in 30-second increments, stirring between heating, until it was fully melted.

3. Stir in 1 tablespoon of dry ground coffee, and about 10 drops of the mint essential oil.
DIY exfoliating mint coffee soap
4. Quickly pour the melted soap into the container you’re using for a mold. Let it cool for several hours.
coffee soap 4
5. Unmold your soap, and cut it into two bars.