I truly love the smell of coffee, there are very few things that even compare to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Having said that, I am a weirdo (well, duh!) and only drink my coffee cold, occasionally lukewarm but NEVER hot, EUGH! Now lets mix two things that I love, showers and coffee, giddy up!
Im currently on a soap making kick, I had forgotten how nice (and fragrant) is it to make soaps. Great for a gift to others or yourself (win!). I also cheat and use melt and pour bases, why? If it weren’t for bad luck, Id honestly have no luck and there is something about using Lye to make soap that just gives me visions of horror. Its also impossible to get clear lye based soap for obvious reasons (ingredients used) and I like the effect you can get with a clear base, based on what you’re doing.
What makes this soap so good? It exfoliants whilst smelling awesome and doing great things for your skin = win win!
Coffee: Coffee grounds are soft, allowing them to naturally exfoliate dead skin, leaving skin silky smooth without irritation. Coffee is a diuretic, creams it can temporarily minimize the visibility of cellulite by drawing fluid away from fat cells. Coffee’s acidity helps to boost the skin’s protective barrier too, which keeps your skin healthier and happier.
Sugar: Its fine texture gently exfoliates the skin without leaving harmful residue that can clog the pores. It has moisturizing properties that prevents the skin from drying. It is safe to use even on children’s sensitive skin and to soothe chapped lips. Sugar is tough on cleansing the skin while retaining its natural moisture.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon helps remove dead skin cells and helps restore shine and suppleness to the skin. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, helping enhance the complexion. Cinnamon improves blood flow and brings the oxygen and blood to the outer surface of the skin. (which backs up my claim that ‘Life is better with cinnamon’!)
Sweet orange essential oil: Sweet orange essential oil is full of antioxidants and has known benefits that spam a wide spectrum, including but not limited to increasing circulation, decreasing wrinkles, improving complexion, and decreasing hypertension.
Castor oil: Castor oil has many amazing benefits but must be used sparingly when making soap, as it can turn it sticky quickly. Castor oil heals skin inflammation that can be caused by sunburns, acne, and dry skin. It can also treat acne, fade blemishes and scars, and can provide relief from the joint and tissue pain.
Word to the wise: This soap is a messy soap, which forms part of the exfoliating experience. Exfoliating is a fun messy experience, sugar scrubs get everywhere, this is no different. Those who use this soap will notice a dirty shower/bath afterwards of coffee grounds, THIS IS A GOOD THING, it makes its has worked! Just make sure you wash down your shower/bath after you get out. AND avoid getting your bar wet between uses, this extends its longevity.
DIY Exfoliating Coffee Sugar Soap
Makes: 10 smallish soaps Making time: 15 minutes Dry time: 24 hours minimum Overall time: 25 hours
- 1lb/.5 Kg of Melt and pour base
- 1/2C (100g) sugar
- 1/2C (100g) coffee grounds (Ive found that flavoured worked great!)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon essential sweet orange oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
- 1 teaspoons castor oil (or any other oil, oilve, almond, coconut etc)
- 1 teaspoon essential vanilla oil (optional but smells great!)
Now to make this amazing smelling GOOD FOR YOU exfoliating soap.
1. Have your moulds ready! This soap sets quickly and you dont want to have it mixed and ready to go and then be faffing with getting yours moulds.
2. Cut your base into chunks and then melt it. I microwave mine at 30 sec intervals, when I start out. If using a large amount, I start at 90 secs and then go with 30 secs after that. If you are microwaving your base, ALWAYS cover your own with cling film. You can also use a double boiler/ban marie method to melt your base.
3. Once your base is fully melted, now the fun starts, making all the smells and having a fantastic sensory sensation! Add in your coffee, sugar, oils, and cinnamon. I always throw in a little extra coffee for good luck. Stir and mix to fully combine, giving a thick even mixture.
4. Now to pour into your moulds. You can spray with alcohol at this stage if you have a lot of bubbles, which this recipe, Ive never really had this problem but wild if you like.
5. Leave to set for a minimum of 24 hours. You can take them out of the moulds after a few hours but its never advised to use the soaps before 24 hours have passed.
A very cute finished produce that smells amazing and does great things for your skin.
I package my soap in cellophane and attach a small label that explains what the soap it, it adds that something special. These are great for yourself or as gifts for friends and family or heck, turn your hobby into cash and sell them (for a good cause).
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