Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap Recipe

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This coffee cocoa salt soap recipe makes a soap that stimulates the body and senses with coffee, cocoa and essential oils.

It exfoliates and cleanses, removing toxins from the skin. Not only that but the salt provides skin beneficial minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium. Coconut oil softens and nourishes the skin and overall this is a unique and deeply aromatic bar of soap.

Salt soap creates a heavy and firm bar of soap. It is rich brown with deep brown speckles. It lathers nicely with the use of a loofah or shower mitt but slightly more effort than typical soap is required to work up a lather using your hands.

The soaps unique appearance paired with the intoxicating scent and unusual ingredients makes it unique and broadly appealing.

About the ingredients in this Salt Soap Recipe

Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are perfect for exfoliating the body, especially dry areas like feet and elbows. This recipe calls for freshly ground coffee beans. I use organic coffee but you can use whatever coffee makes you happy!

Brewed Coffee

Brewed coffee is used in place of the distilled water that you will add to your lye. It helps to deepen the soaps final color while also adding a very subtle coffee scent.

Himalayan or Dead Sea Salt

Natural salts contain upwards of 84 minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. They are known to cleanse and detoxify the skin while leaving it smooth and soft. They are also known for treating a variety of skin disorders.
Salt is known to be an essential chemical for cellular function. As far back as the Romans, where salt was the coin by which soldiers were paid, it was understood that salt was necessary to hydrate. Not too much, but not too little. (source)

Coconut Oil

Where would we be without coconut oil? It's steadily becoming an essential ingredient in natural skincare. According to a 2018 study coconut oil is found to be rich in antibacterial, anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

How to make Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap

Salt Soap Recipe: Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap

Soap Making 101

If you are new to soap making please read this tutorial from before you get started on this recipe. Soap making is EASY so please don't be intimidated but this is a more advanced recipe.

This recipe makes 8-10 bars of soap (depending on your preferred thickness) using the Crafters choice 1501 regular silicone soap mold which makes one (1) 40-44 oz loaf. You can also use individual molds if you don't want to worry about cutting the soap.


Essential Oils (Optional)


Step 1 – In a well ventilated area, wearing long sleeves, protective goggles and rubber gloves make your lye solution. Weigh the coffee and the lye into separate containers. I do this work in my sink so that if there are spills they are contained to the sink. You can also do this outdoors if you have a suitable work area.

Pour the lye into the coffee container and stir. (Important: never pour the liquid into the lye - this is important because this can cause the mixture to bubble and flow out of your container). Leave the lye to cool down.

Step 2 – Weigh the coconut oil and gently melt it using your lowest heat setting. Mix in the cocoa. Leave it to cool.

Step 3 – Weigh the salt and gather up your essential oils.

Step 4 - When the oil and the lye are between 120-130 ° F, Add the lye solution to the oils. Mix with an immersion hand blender until you get a very light trace.

A light trace is when the mixture is the consistency of a thin cake batter, well mixed but quite loose still. Remember this salt soap sets up very quickly compared to most other soaps.

Step 5 – Add the essential oils (optional) and coffee grounds and stir to combine.

Step 6 - Add the salt and mix thoroughly but work quickly. This soap hardens very quickly and if you work too slowly it can be harder to pour into the mold.

Step 7 - Quickly pour the soap into your mold. Cover with parchment paper and a towel, and let it sit for a few hours.

Step 8 - Press on the top of the soap loaf. If it seems firm/solid, release it from the mold and cut. If it isn't ready wait a few more hours and check again. The loaf will still be very warm. Remember that salt soap is very unique and you must cut it before it becomes too hard. NOTE: Be sure to wear gloves and be mindful that the soap will still be quite warm.

Salt soaps set up very quickly compared to non salt soap recipes.

Allow the cut soap to cure 4-6 weeks before using.

Soaping Tools Used In This Salt Soap Recipe

The tools that I used when making this soap recipe (all of which are reusable) are as follows:

Safety Goggles

Nitrile Gloves

Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun

Regular Silicone Loaf Soap Mold - 1501

Soap Mold Loaf Cutter Cutting Tool

Silicone spatulas

Immersion hand blender

Digital weight Scale

Pyrex Jugs (For Lye) You can also use plastic with #5 listed on them

Stainless Steel pot (for melting oils & mixing the soap) You can also use plastic with #5 listed on them for mixing and storing your oil (not for melting of course!).

Make sure that your pot it is stainless and not some aluminum/steel mix because certain metals can cause a reaction and ruin your soap. You can also use plastic containers or pails with #5 listed on the bottom. Often if you buy your oils in bulk and they come in pails, you can use those containers to make your soap!

If you like this salt soap recipe you might also enjoy

Natural Homemade VapoRub Ointment Recipe

DIY Radiant Skin Serum & All-in-One Natural Skincare

Herbal Infused Oils For Natural Skincare


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Omg I am going to make this!!! Right up my alley. How did you get that little dragonfly on there? I.was going to make soap this wkd but cant find my stick blender ANYWHERE.

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I wrote this recipes a while ago, have made the soap many times. My dad likes this one best because he's always got oil on his hands and stuff from the garage and he says it works well to clean them (plus I cut nice hefty bars for his big hands). but it needed a lot of improvements in the recipe writing/guide part of it so this is all re-written, fresh and hopefully more intuitive. If you have issues or questions please holler.

You can make this recipe without a stick blender pretty easily because of how light a trace you need to get it to - just takes a fair bit of stirring with a spatula (kinda like the patience it takes for whipping cream by hand) That dragonfly is a basic rubber stamp. I tapped in the stamp carefully using a rubber mallot but it's quite hard/delicate work to get a nice clean stamp impression with this particular soap because it's such a firm bar.

Um.. i dont have patience to whip cream by hand, dont you know me? Lol. Off to Kmart to get a stick blender...

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You guys have K-mart? I didn't think they existed anymore!

Interesting I have seen so many soap but this one seems to be the best....and easy to prepare...

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thanks @steemflow, it is a pretty easy recipe!

I liked this post, and as always, the lovely photos. I have to say, though, I just can't abide coffee, even the scent... I wonder if there's an equivalent cocoa scrub to replace grounds?

Soap has been on the list for a long time. I've even collected dedicated equipment to do it. But it's low on the list, especially now. I have frozen rendered lard and frozen beef fat waiting rendering. That's as far as I've gotten with it. Some day....

I Loooove coffee! :)

If I ever come across a recipe that suits your desires I'll let you know. when I am back on my feet I'll be soaping again so I'll keep you in mind. Substituting with a recipe like this one is pretty risky so I don't advise it without using a soap calculator and doing research.

Good to know about substitutions! I expect I would very closely follow recipes, tried and true, for a while once I ever get started.

Tallow and lard soap is supposed to be the best there is. We made lard soap when we raised pigs that one year, it was a bit difficult mentally for me because I am a vegetarian but I was determined that if lives were to be taken on our homestead then there would be absolutely no waste. One day we'll have to get together and do some soaping. Maybe when steem soars!!

Hello, fellow soaper! This is so beautiful.😍

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Thanks @brutledge, this is certainly an unusual one and not the cheapest to make but I've become quite fond of it.

As long as you are enjoying it, it is worth doing. 💗

I have always wanted to make soaps @walkerland but I was worried about working with lye...Love this recipe, these soaps are beautiful and would make wonderful gifts for friends:) Saving this one!! You are a genius!!

Thanks, @birdsinparadise. You aren't alone in the lye/fear concern but it really isn't a big deal at all.

You've been visited by @minismallholding from Homesteaders Co-op.

That looks good enough to eat. Darn you for making such delicious looking soaps! I've featured this very useful post in the Homesteading - Living Naturally newsletter.

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