Homemade Soap Recipe

Java Jumpstart (Coffee)

This homemade soap recipe that uses coffee grounds and oatmeal to create a wonderful ex-foliating soap that's great both in the kitchen as well as in the shower.

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My son helped me create this recipe and it remains his favourite to this day.

Bursting with the spicy scents of ginger, cinnamon and clove, the juiciness of sweet orange and the exotic scent of patchouli this bar is truly a winner in my books.

The instructions below are for marbling this soap but another interesting alternative would be to create a two layered bar with one side smooth and the other side with the scrub.

Coffee Soap Recipe

Handmade Soap Recipe Ingredients

Shea Butter  -  135 gr.  |  4.76 oz.  |  15%

Coconut Oil  -  225 gr.  |  7.9 oz.  |  25%

Olive Oil  -  315 gr.  |  11.1 oz.  |  35%

Castor Oil  -  90 gr.  |  3.18 oz.  |  10%

Palm Oil**  -  135 gr.  |  4.76 oz.  |  15%

Distilled Water  -  324 gr.  |  11.4 oz.  

Lye  -  125.25 gr.  |  4.42 oz.  

Water as % of Oils = 36

Super Fat/Discount = 5%

Optional Additives

Ginger E/O  -  1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)

Cinnamon E/O  -  1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)

Clove E/O  -  1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)

Patchouli E/O  -  1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)

Sweet Orange E/O  -  6 tsp. (30 ml)

Finely Ground Oatmeal  -  2 Tbsp (30 ml)

Cocoa Powder  -  1 tsp. (5 ml)

Finely ground coffee  -  1 Tbsp. (15 ml)

Confectioners Sugar  -  1 tsp. (5 ml)

Orris Root Powder  -  1 tsp. (5 ml)

**If you cannot find ethically sourced palm oil or would prefer to not use palm oil at all, it can be substituted with lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc. Re-run the recipe through the lye calculator before making.

Handmade Soap Recipe Instructions

Follow the directions for your preferred soap making method found on the How to Make Soap page and then follow the additional directions below. 

  • Bring the soap to a light trace and pour about 1/4 to 1/3 of the batter into the bottom of the soap mould.
  • Add the finely ground mix of cocoa powder, coffee grounds, orris root, sugar and ground oatmeal to the rest of the base and thoroughly mix.
  • Now add the essential oil blend...you will have to work very fast fast at this point or the soap will cease.
  • Pour the scented base over the white soap in a zigzag pattern going left to right and top to bottom until you have a grid like pattern.
  • Quickly run your spatula through the soap in the same grid like pattern to drag the white soap through the brown until you have a nice pattern.
  • Insulate the soap (if needed) and cut when cooled.

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