Soap making is an art, but it does not have to be a difficult process. Absolutely anyone can make bars, chunks or shapes that are soothing, smoothing and absolutely heavenly. They smell fantastic too. With melt and pour options, just about anything is possible, even a rich and milky emulsion that includes coffee beans. They are a natural exfoliate and ideal for face and body soap. Use these easy directions for making a simple glycerin blend. You can sell your creations or give them as gifts, and no one will realize that you did not use a complex procedure. Anyone who tries your product will be thoroughly impressed.
When looking for melt and pour bases for coffee bean soap, be sure to check the ingredients. Make sure they are bio-degradable and all natural. Avoid mixtures that include alcohol, sulfates, detergents and chemicals of any type. They are not necessary. Natural bases are easier on the skin as well as the environment.
To make one pound of milky white coffee bean soap you will need a melt and pour glycerin base. Search online to find something that includes goat’s milk, shea butter, a sharp knife with a wide blade, cocoa butter or any other natural additive. Consider buying a ten-pound sampler that includes several different bases that can be melted and poured. You will also need a glass measuring pitcher that holds at least two cups of liquid, soap molds of your choice, a wooden spoon, and a half cup of coarsely ground coffee beans.
If the scent of ground coffee is not enough to satisfy your desire for something fragrant you can add essential oil. Vanilla is an ideal choice, but many other scents go well with coffee beans. Cherry, cinnamon, chocolate and other edible fragrances are ideal. Flavors that are typically combined when baking also mesh well in regards to fragrance.
Begin by cutting the soap base into one-inch cubes. Place the cubes in a glass measuring cup with a spout, and melt in a microwave oven. Check the cubes after 40 seconds and every 20 seconds thereafter. Stir the base each time until achieving a pourable consistency.
Next, stir in a half cup of coarsely ground coffee beans. If desired, stir in several drops of essential oil. Immediately pour the mixture into molds. Gently shuffle the molds back and forth to even out the surface, and place them in the refrigerator to quickly set the shapes. They can be popped out or cut and used immediately after they harden.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience