Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Coffee, Please!

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE coffee.  Not just any coffee, it has to be a nice Bold Cupa Joe!  I love my french press and it makes me a perfect cup every morning.  So since I have this love (some say obsession) for coffee, of course I had to incorporate it into my soap.
I have added coffee grounds to soap before as an exfoliator, but this time I wanted the whole thing, brewed coffee and the grinds.   So I got out my French Roast coffee (freshly ground, of course!) and made a pot.  Now it was very tempting but I refrained from drinking any.  After cooling it in the fridge I added the lye.  Let me just say, "Ewwwww."  I know lye creates some interesting reactions but I wasn't expecting this.  As it was cooling it got a thin sludgy film on top and it had a very unpleasant smell.  My poor coffee!
After I got over my disgust everything else went smoothly.  The sludginess (is that a word?) went away after a little stir with the stick blender.  And I added some ground coffee and cornmeal at trace to boost up the exfoliation.  The revolting scent has gone away now that it has been curing for a few weeks.  It actually was pretty much gone after 24 hrs.  I haven't tested it yet, but it should make an excellent kitchen/gardeners soap. 


  1. Hi! Just discovered your blog and look forward to following! xo Jen

  2. Thanks Jen! Your honey soaps look good enough to eat.

  3. El jabon de café quita los olores de la cocina. Es muy bueno. Besos.

  4. Thank you Atenea. I have been testing it in my kitchen and its been great at removing odors, like onion and garlic, from my hands.