Simple Coffee Soap Recipe

The Perfect Homemade Soap for Coffee Lovers and Home Cooks

Roasted Coffee Beans for Coffee Soap
Use coffee and coffee grounds to make the perfect homemade coffee soap. MakiEni's photo/Getty Images

Anyone who just loves the scent of coffee will love this coffee soap recipe. But coffee soap also has more practical applications. Coffee is known to absorb food odors like garlic and fish, which makes coffee soap a great product for home cooks looking to neutralize food odors on their hands. An additional benefit of this recipe is that it uses extra strength coffee and inexpensive coffee grounds both for its scent and as a natural exfoliant.

How to Make Coffee Soap

To make this simple homemade coffee soap, you start with a basic soap recipe. The best soaps have a balance of oils. You will choose your preferred mix of oils based on the properties you want the soap to have. Do you want your soap to lather easily?  How moisturizing do you want your soap to be? If you're not sure where to start, try one of our favorite easy soap recipes.

After you've decided on your oil base for your coffee soap, you will first substitute double strength coffee for your water in the lye-water solution. Be sure you understand how to make a lye solution with liquids other than water. At trace, add in 1-2 tsp. of the used coffee grounds for every pound of soap in your recipe.

Adding  Additional Fragrance

You can add additional coffee fragrance if you like, though the natural coffee scent from the coffee and grounds will come through lightly even without it.

You might also try it with a bit of peppermint essential oil, which makes for lovely combination with the light coffee scent.