Nothing can beat an early morning perfectly brewed cup of coffee to start a day. Most of us can’t even think of starting our day without a cup of morning Joe. But what if you could also add coffee to your soap too? Sounds great and coffeelicious right? Besides being a breakfast item, coffee is great for skin too. This is why many people use coffee-based facewash and masks to treat several skin problems. It has the properties of clearing up the skin, leaving it smooth and clean.
Now, you might be thinking of where to get such coffee-infused soap, right? Don’t worry, I am here to help you! You can easily make it at home with simple ingredients.
Making Coffee Soap at Home
Things You Will Need
- Grounded coffee
- Silicon mold
- Two bowls
- A big pot
- Bar soap/ soap base
- Coffee essential oil (optional)
Step by Step Method
1. Grate the Soap Base
First of all, you have to grate the soap bar or soap base with a cheese grater. We prefer soap base, as it is unscented and doesn’t hold any prior colors. Several types of soap bases are available on the market; I used goat’s milk soap base due to its creamy, moisturizing, and cleansing properties.
If you would like to go milk-free, you can use a glycerin soap base too.
2. Melt the Soap Base Shavings
After you have grated the soap base, it’s time to melt it. NO! you cannot put it in a microwave to melt it fast. This part of making soap needs extra attention. Grab a big pot, preferably a saucepan or soup pot. Add some water to it and bring it to a boil. Once the water has started boiling, place the bowl with soap base/bar shavings in the water, and stir the shavings until it is smooth and completely melted. Take the bowl off of the water.
3. Mix Coffee Grounds
Now, it’s time to mix in the magic ingredient, the coffee! Turn the stove off and sprinkle the grounded coffee in the melted soap base/bar. You can also add a few drops of essential coffee oil or any other essential oil that you like for extra benefits. Mix the mixture until it’s fully combined.
3. Pour the mixture into the Mold
After completing all the steps I explained above, it’s time to pour the mixture into the silicone mold. You can use a mold of any shape, but a round-shaped one is preferred as you wouldn’t need to slice the bars and round bars give a more homemade vibe.
Before pouring the soap into the mold, add some coffee grounds at the bottom, and pour the mixture over it. After pouring your soap mixture into the mold, make sure to get rid of the air bubbles with the help of a pin or needle.
4. Let the Mixture Sit
Lastly, you need to wait for the mixture to cool down and settle down. Leave your soap for at least 4 to 6 hours at room temperature, and then you can take the bars out and enjoy the coffee exfoliating soap.
Benefits of Using Coffee Soap
Adding a coffee soap to your bathing routine can actually provide you several benefits, including exfoliating and calming effects. Following are some of the major benefits of using a coffee soap:
1. Exfoliating and Reduction of Cellulite
The grounded coffee works great as an exfoliator and clears the skin from dead skin cells leaving smooth and vibrant-looking skin. Moreover, when used regularly, coffee can also help in reducing cellulite as it helps in increasing the blood flow across the skin.
2. Reduction of Dark Circles
Coffee has the ability to dilate and widen the blood vessels under the skin. This is why coffee-based soaps and masks can help in reducing dark circles and puffy eyes, resulting in more glowing skin around the eyes.
3. It May Help Treat Acne
Coffee contains chlorogenic acids, antioxidants, and stimulants that make it a great anti-acne product. Acne is usually caused by excessive oil, clogged pores, and dead skin cells. So, by gently scrubbing your face with a coffee soap, you can get rid of all these factors and help treat acne.
4. May Provide Protection against Sunburn
Coffee beans are great anti-inflammatory agents that can help prevent sunburn. If you have gotten exposed to the sun for too long and are now suffering from sunburn, gently and cautiously wash the affected area with a coffee soap. This may help in reducing the inflammation and soothe your skin as well.
Not everything has to be bought readymade – you can make some things at home in a better way too. When you make a coffee soap at home, you actually minus the possibility of chemicals and toxins present in your soap. Moreover, making soaps at home is so easy that you can just replace coffee with some other ingredient, and boom, you will have another customized soap for you. The possibilities of creating soaps are endless; all you need to do is remember the steps I mentioned above and be creative.