Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Soap Recipe
Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Soap
In honor of the new soap section of the H&P Artistry Etsy Shop I decided to share one of my favorite melt and Pour Soap recipes with you. The Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Soap Recipe is simple and you can get the basic Melt and Pour Soap Base at most craft stores.
Always be careful and read the ingredients and avoid all allergens. If you are not sure about sensitive skin test the soap, fragrance, or additive on a small patch of skin before use. Even natural ingredients can irritate the skin. Make sure the Kiddos know not the eat your new yummy smelling soap.
1 lb Melt and pour soap base I used Goats Milk
4 tablespoons ground Hazelnut coffee (Depending on the scent strength and exfoliant you want)
10 – 20 drops of fragrance I used Vanilla. Always use soap safe fragrances and essential oils when making any body product.
Wax paper for lining the molds
Glass measuring cup or double boiler for melting the soap base
Rubbing Alcohol in a misting spray bottle
Cut your soap base into cubes and Melt your Soap base.
There are two ways to melt the base
- Put the cubed soap base in a glass (microwave safe) Measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture and see if the pieces are melted. If not microwave in 10 second increments stirring each time until melted.
- Put the cubes in a double boiler and slowly melt the soap base until smooth. Stirring often.
Make sure there are no lumps or chunks of unmelted soap base. If the measuring cup is hot to the touch or the soap is steaming let it cool down before adding the coffee or the scent. Stirring constantly to keep a film from forming on the top of the soap.
Add in your 2 – 4 tablespoons of ground Hazelnut coffee (You can use used grounds but the scent will not be as strong and the color will be lighter.) when the Soap base is between 120* and 130*. (when the soap is not steaming but still liquid)
Mix the ground coffee into the Melt and Pour base well. if bubbles form on the top of the soap spritz the top with alcohol and the bubbles disappear. The the coffee colors the soap base a beautiful brown.
Add the 10 – 20 drops of fragrance to the mixture and stir well. I used vanilla for this recipe to enhance the hazelnut coffee scent. Some scents such as vanilla can cause your soap to brown over time. You can fix that problem with certain additives but since the Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee soap is already brown that chemistry lesson is not necessary. YAY!
Prep your molds. You can pour your soap directly into the molds or you can line the molds with waxed paper (wax side up) to help release the soap when cured.The molds are 4″ long so I cut out 3″ strips of parchment. It is up to you how you line your molds and how much of the molds you cover.
Fill the molds up to the top. You can always trim excess soap away from the edges, once the soap is cured, if it overflows a bit. Remember to spritz the tops with alcohol to clear away the bubbles.
Set the molds aside for an hour to over night and let the soap set up and begin to cure. Once the soap is fully solid it will be easy to remove from the molds.
Remove soap from the mold. To remove the soap from the mold apply even pressure to the under side of the mold with your palm or thumbs. You may need to run a paring knife around the edges to break the seal. If the soap is fully hardened this part should be easy. Be careful with your trays and try not to break them by taking the soap out to early.
Remove the waxed paper
Clean up the edges by trimming away any excess soap or rubbing the edges with the waxed paper.
Use the soap as a bar or cut it into 1 oz pieces to use as hand soap. Wrap the rest in parchment paper for later.
The coffee grounds are throughout the soap and are great exfoliates. Coffee is also great for removing kitchen odors from your hands.
If you like the soap recipe but you don’t want to make it yourself, that’s OK because it is on sale right now in the H&P Artistry Etsy Shop.
I love the small of this soap and it is one of my favorites. Another favorite is Honey Almond. Do you have a favorite fragrance for soap?
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