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Natural Cold Process Kona Coffee Soap Recipe

Posted on November 29 2015

Kona Coffee Recipe

Kona Coffee Soap A Little Aloha Spirit In Every Bar!

Nothing quite beats the uplifting aroma of coffee to boost your energy levels; our cold process soap recipe is just the ticket!

Rich in antioxidants and caffeine, coffee is naturally stimulating. When applied to the skin, coffee helps boost the circulation, improving skin tone and fighting free radicals known to cause premature aging. The scent, meanwhile, is uplifting and promotes a clear head.

Richly warming, the aroma of coffee can be yours every day with a bar of our Kona coffee soap, made with coffee beans grown on the idyllic Hawaiian Islands. Alternatively, why not have a go at making your own coffee-infused soap? Our soap recipe will give you a stimulating caffeine kick!

The recipe below makes 16 bars of 4 oz soap.

Coffee bean boost natural soap recipe:


  • 17 oz double-strength Kona coffee, brewed
  • 16 oz olive oil
  • 16 ox coconut oil
  • 8 oz shea butter
  • 8 oz mango butter
  • 6.8 oz lye
  • 4 tbsp ground coffee
  • 2 oz coffee fragrance oil


  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Large stainless steel or enamel pot
  • Weighing scales
  • Plastic or wooden soap mold
  • Hand stick blender
  • Two plastic pitchers
  • Measuring cup
  • Two wooden spoons
  • Two thermometers
  • An old blanket or large rag
  • Piece of cardboard to fit the mold as a lid
  • Freezer paper


1. Put on your safety goggles and protective gloves and weigh out the lye into one of the two pitchers. In the other, make up 17 oz brewed coffee with water and let cool completely.

2. Next, add the lye and stir until fully dissolved. Leave the mixture to heat up to a temperature of between 100 and 125 degrees, which can take several hours.

3. In the meantime, weigh the plant oils and butters and heat in a pot until melted. The oils should also reach a temperature of between 100 and 125 degrees.

4. While you wait, cut your freezer paper to size and line your soap mold with it. Next, measure out your ground coffee and coffee fragrance oil. Set to one side.

5. When the lye mixture and the oils have heated to approximately the same temperature, slowly pour the lye and coffee mixture into the oils. Stir by hand or switch to your stick blender if you want to speed things up.

6. When the mixture begins to show tracks, or ‘trace’, add the ground coffee and fragrance oil, stirring for a further ten to 20 minutes until tracing is complete.

7. Pour the soap batter into the mold, cover with the cardboard lid and blanket and leave wrapped for 18 hours.

8. Remove the blanket and lid and let the soap air for a few more hours before removing the soap from the mold and cutting into bars. The finished soaps should be left to cure for at least two weeks on an open drying rack.

Have you tried our recipe for natural coffee soap? Let us know how your batch turned out in the comments below. Visit the Soap.Club blog regularly for more cold process soap recipes and top tips or visit The Scent Store to purchase your favorite scent.

Please note: Soap.Club receives a high volume of recipes from our members; we are unable to test every recipe so please use for guidance only. Working with lye can be dangerous – please take care. We cannot guarantee the results and we strongly recommend that you stick to small batches at first. 

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