A friend of mine suggested I make some coffee soap, using real coffee grounds. I thought that might be fun, so I did a little searching and found a coffee soap recipe from About.com: Candle & Soap Making, one of my favorite soaping sites.
The recipe calls for using your favorite basic soap recipe and substituting double strength coffee for the water in the lye solution, then adding some dried used coffee grounds.
Simple enough, I thought.
Well, simple enough it was. I did not have any problems making the soap. However, the coffee and lye solution stinks like nothing I have ever smelled before! It was disgusting. The gross smell does go away and there is no trace of it left in the soap, but it was bad enough that I will probably not ever make it again.
I am glad that I tried it, though. The soap is very nice. The only thing I dislike is that the coffee grounds are very exfoliating and can even be a bit scratchy on my sensitive skin. It makes a wonderful men’s soap, though. Or a foot scrubbing bar.
The light brown color is the natural color and I used a little bit of cappuccino mica to make the swirl on top.