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Mmmmm....cofffee....You won't believe how easy it is to whip up this luscious homemade coffee bean soap--just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need! A perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life, or just a great way to start your day!

This is a guest post from Gabby of Mom Makes Joy

 About 7 months ago I found myself wandering the aisles of my local Michael’s craft supply store looking for what I would need to make one of my most favorite DIY projects to date: homemade soap.

Now I’m all for adventure, but for a long time I was really afraid of trying to make my own soap. It’s a fairly complicated process, and a potentially dangerous one too. Soap made from scratch requires working with lye, an extremely caustic chemical that can burn your skin on contact. Traditional soap making requires a well-ventilated area, rubber gloves, protective eye-wear—practically a hazmat suit! After reading several long lists of recommended safety precautions and procedures online, I just about gave up my dreams of ever trying to make soap then and there. So when I learned there was a method to make my own soapy creations that didn’t require working with lye, I was all over it!


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If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at soap making but found yourself a little put off by the thought of possibly losing an eye to lye, then this is the guest post for you! Today I am going to share with you how to make a simple, three-ingredient coffee soap.

Here’s what you need:
1 lb package of melt-and-pour soap base
Ground coffee beans
Fragrance oil
A soap mold


Start with simple goats milk glycerin soap, which can be found at many art supply stores.

I decided to use a goat’s milk soap base, although there are a variety of base types to choose from. I also decided to use a soap base with a “suspension formula” so that my additives—in this case, ground coffee beans—would stay evenly suspended in the soap. It’s not critical your soap base do this too; I simply liked the look of it!

Use ground coffee beans for your soap--they smell wonderful and are great for exfoliating.

I don’t particularly enjoy drinking coffee, but I absolutely love the way coffee smells, so I decided to use ground coffee beans as my additive for this soap. Coffee is also great for the skin, and ground beans can also work as an exfoliant!

Add a simple fragrance oil to your soap so it smells delicious too.

When the coffee beans are combined with the soap, however, it becomes difficult to make out their smell even though the soap base is unscented. So I also added a “milk and honey” fragrance oil designed for soap making that I purchased online. Craft stores will typically sell fragrance oils for soaps, so choose a fragrance you love!

Step 1: Figure out how much soap base you will need. Some soap molds explicitly note how many ounces of soap they hold, while others don’t. If yours don’t, try this trick: fill up your soap mold with water and then carefully pour the water in your mold into a large measuring glass or cup. This should tell you roughly how many ounces of soap base you will need to fill your mold. For my molds, I needed at least 10 ounces of soap base

Cut the soap into chunks using a kitchen knife.

Step 2:Cut up your soap base into cubes. This will help the soap melt faster and more evenly.

Melt the soap base down until it's even and smooth (in a glass bowl).

Step 3: Place your soap in a microwave safe container (I used a Pyrex bowl) and microwave it in 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval until your soap has melted all the way. Keep an eye on your soap as it is melting in the microwave as it can really foam over. Soap heated for too long can lose its moisture, and you don’t want that. Your soap may have a few bubbles in it when all is said and done, but that’s okay. Once this is done, you will want to work relatively quickly to complete the next 2 steps.

Mix the ground coffee beans into your melted soap mixture, which will give it a great texture!

Step 4: Add in your coffee grounds and stir. I sprinkled them in until I felt my soap was sufficiently coffee-filled. It’s okay to eyeball it!

Stir the fragrance oil into the coffee bean soap mixture.

Step 5: Add in your fragrance oil and stir. Different brands of fragrance oil will have different recommendations on the packaging as to how much fragrance oil you should use per ounce of soap. Follow the directions on the packaging to determine how much oil is best for your volume of soap.

Pour your DIY coffee bean soap into molds to harden into pretty shapes.

Step 6: Pour your soap into your molds. If the top of your soap is left with bubbles once you’ve poured it, you can remove these bubbles by spraying a spritz or two of rubbing alcohol about 5-10 inches away from your soap. I took an old Bath and Body Works spray bottle that was near empty and cleaned it out, filled it with alcohol, and applied 1-2 spritzes until my bubbles were pretty much gone.

Once the soap is hard you can pop it out of the molds and it's ready to enjoy!

Step 7: Wait. Resist the temptation to touch your soap until it has hardened, which could take one to three hours or more depending on the size of your mold. When it’s ready, pop your soap out of your molds and enjoy! If you find your soap doesn’t want to slide out of your mold, try sticking the mold into the freezer for several minutes. The soap will shrink a bit and should pop right out!

It takes about three hours for your DIY coffee bean soap to fully harden.

I hope you enjoyed this coffee soap tutorial! When sold at craft fairs or in naturals stores, soap similar to this can sometimes run you upwards of $6 or $7 a bar! Why pay that when you can purchase an entire case of melt-and-pour soap base for the same price and have fun making your own soap while you’re at it? These little soaps feel luxurious, make great handmade gifts, and are super affordable–especially when you make them in bulk.

If you’re looking for some more soapy inspiration, you might enjoy these tutorials on how to make a Coconut Exfoliating Soap, a Jasmine Dead Sea Salt Soap, or my personal favorite: Sweet Almond Honey Oatmeal Goat’s Milk Soap!

Mmmmm....cofffee....You won't believe how easy it is to whip up this luscious homemade coffee bean soap--just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need! A perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life, or just a great way to start your day!


Gabby Whitaker of Mom Makes Joy is a DIY/Craft/Lifestyle Blogger from Phoenix, Arizona. Blogger Gabby Whitaker of Essentially Eclectic. After moving to Boston, Massachusetts in the Summer of 2012, she started blogging as a way to share her crafting creations, cooking escapades, and adventures in Boston with friends and family across the country. Some of Gabby’s favorite things include Chai lattes, Downton Abbey, cozy bookstores, Netflix marathons, and of course, blogging!

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What’s your favorite soap scent?



  1. Denise
    January 27 at 02:05PM

    Those look fabulous! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. January 27 at 04:19PM

    Glad you posted this tutorial! I love the idea of homemade soap, but it has always seemed intimidating. You made it look so easy. I’ve got to give it a try.

  3. Kelley Quigley
    January 27 at 04:42PM

    Sounds and looks very yummy!

  4. Alethea Crossman
    January 28 at 12:50AM

    Can you use used coffee grounds (ones that’ve been just brewed)?

  5. Evelyn
    January 28 at 03:50AM

    I just love coffee and I like your coffee soap tutorial. Thank you much for this great idea.

  6. January 28 at 06:46PM

    What fragrance oil did you use please?

    • Wendy
      February 12 at 12:24PM

      She used milk of honey. I’m going to look for coffee scented oil.

  7. January 30 at 10:44AM

    This looks great! I can’t wait to try it:)

  8. January 30 at 02:35PM

    I love homemade soaps. I’ll have to try this one.

  9. Maggie
    March 22 at 09:19PM

    The hubby and I made this, and we loves it! We bought a soap making kit from Michaels (which had the soap base, oils, and molds), and then added our coffee. We grind our own coffee, and didn’t think about changing the coarse-ness of the grind. Needless to say, there are (giant) bits of ground coffee on the bottom of my shower… I would definitely recommend using a finely ground coffee for this project!!

    • Anonymous
      May 1 at 12:28AM

      How much was that kit from Micheals? I wanted a cheaper alternative to organic soaps from the health food store.

      • Emilie
        August 4 at 04:46PM

        I bought 2 pounds of shea butter soap base and a set of 3 4oz. molds for less than $15 at Michaels.

      • Anonymous
        November 15 at 09:57AM

        While this is a fun, cheap alternative to Handcrafted soap, if you are looking for a NATURAL or ORGANIC soap, I recommend your local Soapmaker. These bases still are filled with detergents and chemicals and are NOT natural. At the very least, purchase a high quality soap base from a soap supplier online, such as Wholesale Supplies Plus, or Brambleberry =)

      • Chris
        May 29 at 08:59PM

        A 2 pound block of melt and pour goat milk soap bas is between $10 to $11 at Michael’s.

  10. April 21 at 09:12PM

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  12. Angela
    May 10 at 01:07PM

    I purchased the exact items listed here at Michaels this morning! Can’t wait to make my mother’s day gift! Including a cute mug and some specialty beans with the gift!

  13. June 9 at 05:13PM

    Thanks for the tip on how to get rid of the bubbles on the top of the soap!

  14. Amanda
    June 26 at 09:42PM

    I am wondering how many bars does it make using your 10 oz molds?

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 27 at 11:48AM

      I believe Gabby’s post was to make 3 bars.

  15. Christina
    July 15 at 02:10PM

    Did you find it to pool a brown coffee liquid where the soap is setting? Maybe I’m adding too much coffee

    • Anny moss
      September 14 at 12:04PM

      I got coffee grounds all over during use and my wash cloths stained with coffee. It was very scratchy too. I suggest use it for cleaning up after gardening or really dirty work.

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  19. September 10 at 12:25PM

    I just made this today! Waiting for it to set up as I type this. I think I added too much coffee but we’ll see. Just from cleaning my bowl and spoon from mixing it up my hands smell delicious!

  20. Anonymous
    November 25 at 10:16PM

    How Many bars of soap did it make?

  21. Brenna
    November 25 at 10:17PM

    How many bars of soap did it make?

  22. Cat
    December 20 at 01:47AM

    I made a batch today!! They look and smell incredible! I cannot wait for my 3hours to be up!

  23. Jackie
    February 11 at 10:49AM

    Can I use any fragrance oil? I’ve found some that people have used for CP soap making but this is a better method for me. My problem is figuring out what oils I can/can’t use.

    If it helps, I’m considering this oil: (This was used in a CP soap recipe)


  24. Anne
    March 17 at 07:04PM

    I love this . i have made two batches and cannot get enough. i just got some great vanilla bean butter from do you have a vanilla bean soap recipe?

  25. Renee'
    May 22 at 06:27PM

    Could you tell me where to find these round molds with the inset on the top?
    I have looked everywhere…please help 🙂

    • Jennifer
      May 26 at 12:59AM

      You could just as easily use a butter or yogurt container. Really any sturdy plastic bowl with the lip in the bottom you are looking for.

  26. cathy
    August 10 at 06:29PM

    what is the ratio of suspension and goatmilk melt and pour?

  27. March 18 at 10:18PM

    The more I search the web, the more uses I find for coffee. This is so cool. Thank you.

  28. Denise
    February 9 at 07:37PM

    How long do these soaps last? If we give for gifts I need to be able to tell them shelf life. Thanks

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