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Coffee Cold Process Soap Recipe

Posted on December 20 2016

coffee cold process soap

Love Coffee? Love This Recipe!

Coffee is perhaps the world’s best-known energizer; with our cold process coffee soap recipe, you can refresh and revitalise without even taking a sip. Packed with caffeine and antioxidants, coffee is a natural stimulant. Applied to the skin, coffee can help boost circulation, improve the appearance of skin and fight the free radicals responsible for premature aging, while the scent alone has been shown to promote a clear head.

The rich, warm aroma of fresh coffee is luxurious and stimulating; try our cold process coffee soap recipe to enjoy a refreshing bathing experience every day. Alternatively, take a look at our Kona Coffee Kick natural soap, made by the experts at so you don’t have to. The following recipe makes approximately 16 bars of soap, each weighing about 4 oz.


  • 16 oz virgin olive oil
  • 16 oz coconut oil
  • 8 oz mango butter
  • 8 oz shea butter
  • 17 oz brewed double-strength coffee
  • 6.8 oz lye
  • 2 oz coffee fragrance oil (optional)
  • 4 tsp ground coffee


  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wooden or plastic soap mould
  • Large stainless steel or enamel pot
  • Weighing scales
  • Hand stick blender
  • Two 3 qt size plastic pitchers
  • Two thermometers
  • Two wooden spoons
  • Measuring cup, 2 or 3-cup size
  • Freezer paper
  • An old blanket or large rag
  • Piece of cardboard cut to fit the mould as a lid

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1. Put on your goggles and gloves and carefully weigh out the lye into one of the two pitchers. In the other, mix up 17 oz brewed coffee (made with water) and let cool completely.

2. When the coffee is cool, add the lye and stir continuously until fully dissolved. Leave the mixture to heat up to between 100 and 125 degrees, which may take several hours.

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

4. Line your soap mould with freezer paper and measure out your ground coffee and any fragrance oil you plan to add. Set to one side.

5. When the lye mixture and the oils have heated to roughly the same temperature, slowly pour the lye and coffee mixture into the oils and stir. Switch to your stick blender if you want to speed things up.

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

7. Pour the soap batter into the mould and cover with the cardboard lid and blanket. Leave wrapped for 18 hours before removing the blanket and lid.

8. Let the soap air for a few more hours before removing from the mould and cutting into bars. Alternatively, leave the soap to harden up in loaves.

The finished soaps should be left to cure for at least two weeks on an open drying rack.

If you’ve tried out our recipe, let us know how your soap turned out in the comments below. Don’t forget to check back to the blog regularly for more cold process soap recipes to try at home or visit our Shop the Scent Store.

Inspired by David’s recipe at David's Soap Recipe. Please Note: Every week, Soap.Club receives incredible recipes from our members and guest soapers.

Due to volume and time restraints, Soap.Club is not able to test each recipe. All recipes are to be used  strictly as a guideline. Since the recipe requires lye, it is very important to make sure you check you lye measurements.

Soap.Club cannot guarantee the results and we strongly recommend that you stick to small batches at first. Please give us your feedback. We would love to hear for you.

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