I don’t know about you all, but I like my coffee! Its an everyday necessity around here, from a nice warm cup in the morning, to iced coffee in the afternoon.
Not only does coffee taste great, it’s also very good for your skin, for quite sometime now caffeine has been used to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and used in all sorts of creams and concoctions for smoothing and toning the skin. I’ve been doing some research on it and I have discovered that the natural oil in the coffee bean contains enzymes that help detoxify, cleanse, and unclog pores. Caffeine helps to constrict blood vessels, reducing redness and with it’s anti inflammatory properties it helps soothe acne prone skin, and eczema prone skin. It is soothing to sunburn and itchy skin, both common in these hot summer months.
I always keep a bar of Coffee Bean Soap by my kitchen sink, because it’s great for removing those kitchen smells from your hands, like onions, garlic, fish, etc…
I’m going to walk you through step by step as I make a fresh batch of Coffee Bean Soap, here we go!
It’s important to have a kitchen scale, because these ingredients should be measured by weight, not volume. I use a digital scale, and it works well for this. You will need to measure out 10 ounces lard, 10 ounces coconut oil, 16 ounces olive oil and 5 1/2 ounces of sodium hydroxide. Use much caution with the sodium hydroxide. It’s best to wear protective eye gear and rubber gloves to avoid any burns.
After all of the oils, liquid and sodium hydroxide (lye) have been measured carefully, I slowly pour the lye solution into the chilled coffee. NEVER add your liquid to your lye or you could have an explosion, because the lye will make your liquid heat up very rapidly, to a very high temperature, up to 200 degrees almost instantly!
While the lye solution cools to 90 -100 degrees, I warm my solid oils until they are liquid and blend in the olive oil. When the oils, and the lye solution are from 90 -100 degrees, then I can blend them together.
I slowly pour the coffee solution into my oils and stir by hand for a minute. Another thing you will find very handy is a stick blender, as it will make your work go much faster. Our Grandmothers spent hours stirring their handmade soaps! Thank goodness for modern conveniences!
The mixture needs to be blended until it begans to look like a thin pudding. This is called reaching trace, because you will be able to see trace lines of the mixture on top as you drizzle it from the stick blender, like this.I like to add 2 tbsp of ground coffee to my mixture, and 1 tsp of an essential oil blend of cinnamon, cloves, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemon for their cleansing and soothing properties.
The soap should be covered , I use a roaster pan cover and a blanket or towel over that, and then let it sit for 24 hours before removing from the mold, and slicing into bars.
The bars of soap will need to be set away in a nice dry, cool spot to cure for 4 – 6 weeks. This ensures a nice hard bar of soap that will last a long time and not dissolve. That is all there is too it, these are great around the house and they make wonderful gifts as well. If you are just not up the making them yourself, I sell them on my online shop https://www.theprairieapothecarycompany.com/product-category/soap/ along with many other great products.
There is a bundling deal, buy any three soaps, and get the fourth one free!
If you are in need of a good source of essential oils, Young Living sells nothing but the very best and you can check them out right here
I hope you have enjoyed learning something new and now you have the perfect gift for that coffee lover in your life!
As always, many blessings!