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RECIPE: Coffee CP Soap

This recipe makes a soap bar that is thick, creamy and super rich.  The subtle smell of coffee will make you want to eat it!  

Project Level: Advanced – Danger Chemicals
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: 40-44 oz. Loaf


  • 10.64 Ounce(s) Water or Strong Coffee (Chilled)
  • 3.31 Ounce(s) Sodium Hydroxide Flakes
  • 11.2 Ounce(s) Palm Oil
  • 5.6 Ounce(s) Coconut Oil - 76º Melt
  • 7 Ounce(s) Apricot Kernel Oil
  • 1.4 Ounce(s) Castor Oil
  • 2.8 Ounce(s) Coffee Butter Blend
  • 1.75 Ounce(s) Coffee Beans Fragrance Oil 320


  •  Regular Loaf Silicone Mold 1501
  •  Jelly Roll Pan
  •  Large Heat Safe Mixing Pitchers - 2
  •  Small Heat Safe Measuring Pitcher - 1
  •  Scale - Digital Display (Professional)
  •  Spatulas - 2
  •  Beaker - Natural Polypropylene
  •  Heavy Rubber Gloves
  •  Mask
  •  Safety Glasses - Standard
  •  Thermometer - Infrared, Professional (Gun Style)

Recipe Directions

  1. This project and these instructions have been written for someone who has experience making soap and knows the potential dangers due to working with sodium hydroxide. It will not outline safety methods of working with dangerous chemicals, it is simply a soap recipe for advanced soapmakers.
  2. NOTE:  The Coffee Butter was placed in the Lye Calculator as Avocado Butter which has the same SAP value. 
  3. Measure water/coffee and lye in separate containers. Very carefully, pour lye into water and stir until lye is dissolved.
  4. Weigh oils and butter and place in microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave on high until butter is melted.
  5. Measure fragrance oil and place in the beaker.
  6. When the oils and lye water/coffee mixture are around the same temperature (100°F), it is time to start soaping.
  7. Place stick blender in the oils and tap it on the bottom of the bowl to "burp" it and release any air bubbles.
  8. Pour the lye water/coffee over the shaft of the stick blender. Carefully blend your oils and lye water until the mixture comes to a very light trace.
  9. Slowly add the fragrance oil while stirring the soap with a spatula. (* Coffee is what gives this soap its beautiful mocha color. If you used water you can add color at this point or leave it natural.)
  10. Pour the traced soap into your mold.
  11. You can now play with the texture on the top. Allow soap to sit overnight uncovered, but carefully insulate the sides of the loaf with a towel.
  12. After 36-48 hours, carefully unmold the loaf and slice into 8 one-inch slices. Allow the bars to sit on a cooling rack for 4-6 week to cure fully.

INCI Ingredient Label: Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Water or Coffee, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Coffea Arabica Seed Oil (and) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil.

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"Although this is a CP recipe, can it be made in hot process?"

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Posted By: Susan   |   April 26, 2015

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"Can coffee grounds be added to this to give the soap exfoliating benefits?"

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Posted By: Tara   |   February 13, 2015

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"We're trying to avoid using palm oil at all in our soaps - Can you suggest a butter or oil that is a suitable swap for the palm in this recipe? Thanks!"

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Posted By: Michelle   |   February 06, 2015

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"The directions for this recipe mention measuring and adding fragrance oil but no fragrance oil is listed in the ingredients. The headnote mentions a subtle coffee scent. Is this with or without fragrance oil added? If fragrance oil is added, how much is recommended?"

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Posted By: Mary Jane   |   February 04, 2015

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