So I’m in the midst of a little survival package for my fiancé and his groomsmen to take along on the bachelor party (more on that later) and one of the pieces to the puzzle is some soap… yep soap. I figured depending on their misadventures a little soap will go a long way and it’s a lot more fun than your average grocery store soap because it has beer in it!
The scent is mild and the coffee grounds will exfoliate the skin. I also chose to make the base out of shea butter (what with all the coffee grounds) so it’s moisture rich and will give your newly exfoliated skin some TLC. The end result basically looks like a cookies and chocolate milkshake so now I’m desperately craving OREO’s, whoops! Well things could be worse right? All-in-all this is also actually a pretty budget friendly gift or favor as well and it’s got the guy’s stamp of approval.
This will make 6 bars of soap in the mold suggested.
What You’ll Need
- 1lb Shea Butter Soap Base
- 1/2 cup Guinness (flat – you can leave it out overnight or boil it to flatten the beer)
- 1/2 cup Coffee (room temp)
- 1/4 cup Used Coffee Grinds (fine grind – UPDATE: for those looking for a super gentle exfoliant, use the finest grind possible – think espresso grind, for a less subtle exfoliant you can leave the grind a bit bigger)
- Nutmeg Essential Oils
- Vanilla Essential Oils
- 1 Silicone Soap Mold (I used this one)
- Cut one up 1lb of soap base into small cubes. Place the cubes into a microwave-safe bowl and follow the instructions on the package for melting the base, checking the soap frequently, until smooth.
- Quickly (we don’t want the base to cool) and carefully pour the coffee, Guinness, 6 drops of the vanilla oil, and 2 drops of the nutmeg into the base and stir until incorporated.
- Stir the 1/4 cup of coffee grinds to the mixture a little at a time, feel free to add less or more depending on how much of an exfoliant effect you want (many may want less). Now it will look like delicious chocolate milk!
- This is optional but a HUGE headache saver – Transfer the soap into a container with a pouring spout
- Pour the soap mixture into the mold slowly to avoid the little bubbles that form on top (see the first two molds – yeah I didn’t take my own advice!).
to help remove those bubbles, lay a piece of saran wrap on top of the mold, making sure it touches the the warm liquid soap, then slowly lift the saran wrap – it will pull up the bubbles with it!
Want a quick peek behind the scenes? I revise all my DIY’s in real time so that you all get the most accurate information. That means the whole time I work on a DIY I jot notes for myself… it’s both insanely helpful and when I find them 6 months later – very confusing. Nutmeg and beer? was this a drink or a DIY?
- Allow the soap to sit in the molds 8 hrs, then out of the molds 4 hours (this will help dissipate any lingering oils on the surface of the soap). When you’re done, wrap em up and give them as gifts!