Hey hipsters! Winter has been taking a toll on my skin lately! The cold and wind tend to leave me with dry, not-so-touchable skin. Whenever I get dry skin, I loveeee a good exfoliation session! So I decided to make some soap to help ease my winter blues. Here’s how I made this super simple DIY Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Soap!
All of the ingredients can be found at your local arts and crafts store and health store. All you’ll need is:
-100% Vanilla oil
-100% Almond oil
-Goats Milk Glycerin Soap—Suspension formula**
-Plastic Soap Mold***
-Microwaveable safe bowl (I recommend ceramic for an easy clean up)
-Spoon (or wooden stir stick for easier clean up)
*I used hazelnut coffee beans and ground them myself in my food processor. You could also buy coffee already ground.
**Goats milk glycerin soap can be found in the soap making section of your local arts and crafts store (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc.). It comes in a 2lb container, divided into 1 ounce sections. For this project, be sure to get the “suspension formula.” With regular glycerin soap, your additives (coffee) will sink and collect in one area. The suspension formula ensures that the coffee will be evenly distributed throughout the bar.
*** Plastic molds can also be found in the soap making section of your local arts and crafts store. For this project, I used 4 ounce oval shaped molds.
If you chose to use coffee beans, start by grinding them in your food processor. You want to make sure to get them ground up really well; otherwise the pieces are too large/sharp and may scratch your skin while you’re using the soap. Try to get it slightly larger than pre-ground coffee you’d buy at the grocery store. You want the coffee grounds small enough to give you gentle exfoliation without scratching your skin! I learned this the hard way a couple of years ago!
Next, cut your soap block into 1 ounce sections. I made three 4-ounce bars of soap, so I cut twelve 1-ounce blocks of soap. Microwave your soap for 30 seconds, then 10-15 second intervals until the soap is completely melted. If it isn’t completely melted, it may begin to set before you’re ready to pour it into the molds! Be sure to keep a close watch while microwaving because if you heat it too much, it will boil over and make a mess!
When your soap is completely melted, CAREFULLY remove it from the microwave and quickly add your coffee and oils. I like to add about 3-4 drops of vanilla oil and a tsp or so of almond oil per bar of soap. I just eyeball the amount of coffee I add depending on how much exfoliation I want. More coffee= more exfoliation. The scents, flavors and amount of oil/coffee is totally up to your personal preference. If you have a favorite oil or scent, try experimenting with them!
Give your soap mixture a good stir to ensure everything is evenly distributed and pour into your molds. I transferred my soap mixture to a measuring cup to make it easier to pour into the molds. You can pre-oil your molds before you pour the soap mixtures in to make the soap bars easier to get out of the mold later. Let your molds sit until they are COMPLETELY set! This should take roughly an hour. Once set, put some slight pressure against the mold, and the soap should slide right out.
Now hop in the shower and enjoy!! The coffee grounds will help remove the dry dead skin, while the oils will help lock in moisture from your shower! Not to mention it smells like grandma is baking something delicious! It’s a win-win! Follow up with your favorite body butter or lotion to really lock in the moisture!
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