Coffee Oil Soap
|Okay, I admit I am a complete and total Java junkie. However China is a predominately a tea drinking culture. Don’t get me wrong, I love tea. I just happen to be craving coffee and it kills me because here in a Beijing a simple cup of joe is a little more expensive than what I am used to. By the end of the week, we will have a coffee lovers dream body care basket! So come join me for a good old fashioned coffee fix.
I wanted to start this coffee fix goodie basket with a soap. I mean, can you think of a better pick me up than a coffee soap as you groggily stumble into the shower in the morning? I can’t! I think a coffee soap sounds so good I might need to have a bar at every sink, including the ones at work! Yum!
For this recipe, I only used a quarter of an ounce of coffee oil. I thought it would give me a nice strong scent while still allowing the soap to be economical to make. I thought a full ounce of coffee oil would actually be overpowering. Also, only use a quarter of an ounce still made made me comfortable enough to use another luxury oil. Isn’t that great?!
Coffee lovers, take heart! If the expense of the coffee oil has deterred you before, let it no longer! While it seem a little pricy, so little is actually needed that it is actually quiet economical to add to you cupboard. Try some today. You will be glad you did!
I used Palm Kernel Oil so I would have a nice firm bar and lots of wonderful lather. Palm Kernel Oil is one of my favorite oils for soap. I am easily distraught if I have run out! It is a great oil to have on hand. It is also economical. It makes a wonderful bar of soap without making the cost rocket sky high.
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil also helps keep the cost of the soap down. Its benefits are that is is easily found, makes a smooth hard bar. It also makes a beautiful white bar. This contributed to the Latte like color of the soap. Isn’t it beautiful?
Another easily found oil is Olive Oil. I like Olive Oil because it gives a soap a very dense, creamy lather. I always feel like when blended with other oils that have lots of lather, you have the perfect bar. Olive Oil is also conditioning to the skin. Have you ever used a bar of soap that is made just from Olive Oil? Try one! The lather and your skin feel heavenly!
I wanted to use another luxury oil besides the Coffee Oil in this recipe. I decided on Shea Butter. Shea Butter is one of my favorite luxury oils for soap. I personally think it adds a creaminess and conditioning that perfect for the this delectable bar of Coffee Oil soap. Are you ready to make soap now? Let’s go!
Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool to a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Pour into a mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!