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Sweet Coffee Soap Recipe

Do you love coffee so much that you feel like you could bathe in it? With this Homemade Sweet Coffee Soap recipe you can!

Coffee grounds work as a gentle exfoliator by themselves, but when you add in the scrubbing benefits of raw sugar, you get a double dose of all-natural goodness.

Coffee is packed full of antioxidants, which are known for fighting inflammation and those pesky free radicals that prematurely age the skin. The antioxidants in coffee beans, called quinines, become even more potent after roasting. 

Many swear that the caffeine in coffee works as a skin toner, masking the appearance of cellulite by temporarily firming up the skin making cellulite less noticeable.  Caffeine also acts as a diuretic and stimulates circulation. When you add in the gentle exfoliation that raw sugar provides, this Homemade Sweet Coffee Soap provides a double whammy to those unwanted lumps and bumps.

Coffee grounds are one of nature’s best deodorizers. Keep a bar of Homemade Sweet Coffee Soap next to the kitchen sink and use it to scrub away strong odors like garlic, onion, hot peppers and fish.

Homemade Sweet Coffee Soap makes a great gift for the man in your life. No frou frou or flowery scents for him. Instead wrap a couple of bars of Homemade Sweet Coffee Soap in butcher paper and tie with twine for a manly gift he’s sure to appreciate.

Depending on the size of your soap molds, this Homemade Sweet Coffee Soap recipe should make 2 – 3 bars. 


  • 1 cup glycerin melt and pour soap (non-suspension formula)
  • 1 tablespoon Imperial Sugar Turbinado
  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • Soap molds (silicon molds release best)



  1. Cut melt-and-pour soap into cubes and place in glass measuring cup.
  2. Place in microwave on high for 40 seconds. Stir and repeat for 10 second intervals until completely melted.
  3. Let cool slightly for about one minute.
  4. Stir in coffee grounds until well-distributed.
  5. Stir in turbinado. (The larger sugar crystals will not dissolve.)
  6. Carefully pour soap mixture into molds stopping at halfway full. Because the turbinado settles in the bottom of the measuring cup, you’ll want to ensure that the thicker soap/sugar mixture is evenly distributed between the soap molds. Pour the remaining soap mixture evenly between soap molds, filling to top of mold.
  7. If bubbles appear on top of soap, gently spritz with alcohol to pop them.
  8. Let soap sit in a stable location for at least 6 hours. To extract soap from molds, gently push on the bottom of the mold until soap is released.


  1. Ground coffee gives this homemade soap a light coffee scent, so you don’t need to add any fragrances into the mix. However, if you are looking a little extra “something” you could add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of peppermint or vanilla essential oil. Please note that peppermint has a cooling effect so it should not be used on sensitive areas.
  2. We used a non-suspension glycerin soap base for this recipe so that the layers would be more visible; however you can use any type of soap base you wish. A shea butter or goat’s milk soap base will create lightly chocolate colored bars and a suspension glycerin soap base will spread the turbinado and coffee grounds evenly throughout the bar.
  3. Glycerin soap will show fingerprints, so if presenting as a gift, try not to handle frequently before wrapping.
  4. Glycerin is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture. In humid environments this moisture can form water droplets, and over time, will develop a film.  The film can be removed with water, but to prevent it from occurring, tightly wrap glycerin soaps in plastic film wrap to prevent moisture from getting in.
  5. Please note that coffee can stain your grout in the shower, so store this Homemade Sweet Coffee Soap in a soap dish or container.
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