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Coffee Cold Process Soap Recipe

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 3 8

How To Make Coffee Cold Process Soap

Coffee is one of those universal ingredients that can appear in anything.  Recently, it has become popular to add coffee to homemade soaps.

What is Coffee Cold Process Soap?

Coffee cold process soap is a soap made using the cold process of soapmaking.  The definitions sounds circular doesn’t it?  Basically, it is soap that you can make at home.  If you make soap, one of the recipes that you might like to try is a coffee cold press soap recipe.

Coffee cold process soap removes odors from your hands (like garlic).  It is also used as a way to exfoliate the skin.  The coffee grounds work as a great scrub to make sure that you remove any stains, odors, or impurities from your skin.

What type of coffee should you use?

One of the most important parts of this soap is the type of coffee you use.  Make sure that you use scents and coffees that you like to smell.  Although you can’t always predetermine the aroma that a mix of smells will produce, you have a better chance of liking your soap if you use scents that you know that you like. 

What is the Cold Process of Soapmaking?

The cold process involves making a soap with lye.  There are various websites that will explain the actual process but suffice it to say that it is a good way to make sure that you have a a natural way to make soap.  If you need some more ideas about how to use the cold process to make soap, you should consider visiting the site: http://www.soap-making-resource.com/cold-process-soap-making.html



  • 73.5 grams of lye
  • 185 grams of cooled brewed coffee (drip or french press)
  • 100 grams of palm oil
  • 100 grams of coconut oil
  • 300 grams of olive oil
  • 40 grams cocoa butter
  • 1 teaspoons fresh finely ground coffee (optional for exfoliation) 
  • Between 5 and 10 grams of essential oils or fragrance oil, if desired


  1. Place the coffee (cooled of course) into a container that is appropriate for soap making.
  2. Add lye to cooled coffee.  Heat the mixture to 35 degrees Celsius.  
  3. Now you should melt the hard oils and combine them with the liquid oil.  Heat the resulting mixture to 35 degrees Celsius.  
  4. Add the coffee and the oils to one pot.  Mix them together.  
  5. When the soap is a medium consistency add the essential oils or fragrance oil and ground coffee.  Mix it together.
  6. Pour the soap into molds and cover with a towel.
  7. Cut the soap into bars and use as you wish.

Alter Your Own Recipe

There are a variety of soap recipes available on the internet.  However, if you have a favorite soap recipe, you can alter it to use it as for your coffee cold process soap.  In your recipe, you would use coffee (preferably double strength) instead of water for the lye and water that you add.  So if your recipe called for 100 grams of lye-water, then you would replace that coffee (yes, actual premade coffee).  Additionally, you want to add about one teaspoon of coffee grounds per pound of soap.




Jan 2, 2012 3:20pm
I've never heard of this. Sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 4, 2012 1:07am
Thank you for reading. Making soap with the coffee cold process is pretty interesting.
Jan 2, 2012 3:26pm
I am in two minds after reading your article whether or not I would like this.I think you have done a fabulous job on the article, and will have to keep this article in mind if I decide to try it.
Jan 4, 2012 1:08am
Thank you Ddraig. Let me know if you decide to make some soap.
Jan 2, 2012 4:23pm
I have not heard of this way of making soap,interesting. Well done article.
Jan 4, 2012 1:07am
Thank you.
Feb 1, 2012 10:56pm
I'll share this with my wife, she's made candles before and might just enjoy making soap.. Plus, we both LOVE coffee so this sounds great. Cheers!
Mar 4, 2012 10:22pm
Very interesting. I'm amazed it's used in soap and as a cellulite treatment (learned this researching an article last spring). The DIY world never stops giving.
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