Every year, K’s cousins do a Secret Santa exchange for Christmas. Some years there are themes. This past Christmas, the theme was homemade gifts. I slightly cheated by buying a few gifts for my person as well, but that was partially because she made a list. So, I got her a book she wanted, along with mugs that coordinated with the book. But I also picked the mugs since I decided to make her coffee soap.
The soap making was pretty simple. The biggest issue was actually picking up the vanilla essential oil. I had done “order pickup” with a craft store and their online system botched the order. So, I had to go and find it then do a return/etc etc. Ah well. I was also concerned when making it that it smelled bad. It smelled completely fine once the soap had hardened, so don’t worry if you feel the same.
I followed this recipe to make the soap but changed it up a bit.
Cut 1 pound of shea butter melt and pour soap base into pieces. Place it in a 4 cup or larger sized bowl and add 1/3 cup coffee grounds (mine weren’t ground super finely, but next time I would). Then, put it in the microwave and heat it for 60 seconds, stir, then repeat with 30 second intervals until it is melted completely. Stir in about 1 teaspoon of vanilla essential oil, and keep stirring until the soap thickens slightly. Pour it into a silicone mold and allow it to cool completely before removing it from the mold(s).