I use only honey-sweetened coffee grounds and just a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to scent this soap, so my Easy Coffee Cinnamon & Honey Soap Recipe is about as natural as you can get – and it smells heavenly.
What’s more, with this recipe you won’t need any coloring whatsoever, the coffee does it naturally all by itself!
For this recipe, I used my favorite goat’s milk melt and pour soap base, and while goat’s milk doesn’t typically give too much lather, it does give just the right amount to leave your skin feeling thoroughly cleansed. It’s also very moisturizing as well as incredibly gentle on the skin (see my photo of the lather below).
I think this long-lasting Coffee Cinnamon & Honey Soap would make a lovely hand soap to keep by your kitchen sink thanks to its delicate coffee scent and vintage/rustic aesthetic – although it’s also just as suitable for the bath and shower too!
For this recipe, I will be using just 1/2lb of melt and pour soap base. This will make approximately 5 bath-soap-sized bars (measuring approximately 3.1″ x 2.2″ x 1″ and weighing 3.4 oz).
Soap bases usually come in weights of 1lb or more, so you can easily double the recipe if you like, or why not try out my favorite Super-Easy Homemade Honey & Oatmeal Soap Recipe as well.
Just so you know, using the melt and pour method means that you won’t be using any of the harsh chemicals that you would if you were to use the lye process to make soap from scratch – that’s because the saponification process has already been done for you. If you would like a little more information on the difference between this method and making soap from scratch, or, if you fancy choosing a soap-making kit, please click here.
Fragrance – If you would like your soap to have a stronger scent you can add coffee essential oil and or vanilla – although I honestly prefer this soap without. The scent when following my recipe is delicate and more natural.
Adding honey to the coffee grounds sweetens the scent of the coffee grounds perfectly and the cinnamon gives the soap a cozy hint of warmth.
Color – The recipe doesn’t require any additional coloring whatsoever. The all-natural color of this soap is a rich, even chocolatey brown throughout – just from the coffee and a small amount of cinnamon alone.
Cinnamon – This ingredient may be left out if you prefer, it won’t affect the recipe.
Oils – I added extra virgin olive oil to my mixture as it’s my favorite, but the recipe will work just as well with another oil of your choice.
Base – This recipe uses a goat’s milk soap base which is just so creamy and silky smooth, not to mention, very gentle for sensitive skin. But you can substitute it for a different melt and pour base if you wish.
Rubbing Alcohol – A small spritz of isopropanol alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is used to eliminate any bubbles that may form on the top of your soap. If you don’t wish to use this ingredient, the soap will be perfectly fine but may look a little less than neat.
- 1/2 lb Goat’s Milk Soap Base
- Silicone Soap Mold (this set also contains a spatula)
- Glass Jug
- 1/4 Cup of Used Coffee Grounds
- 2 tbsps Honey
- 1 1/2 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Rubbing Alcohol (Spray)
- Cut the soap base into roughly 1-inch-sized cubes. (The soap base can easily be cut with an ordinary kitchen knife.)
- In a small dish or bowl mix the used coffee grounds with the honey and cinnamon (if used). Warm the honey in the microwave a little if needed to help mix it with the grounds.
- Place the soap base cubes in a glass jug, and heat in the microwave until all of the cubes melt. Be careful not to overheat the soap base. You should melt the cubes in short bursts and stir in between heating times.
- Add the coffee mixture and extra-virgin olive oil and stir well.
- Pour equally into the silicone mold.
- Lightly spray the surface of the soap with rubbing alcohol to eliminate any bubbles.
- Allow the soap to cool and set by leaving it undisturbed for approximately two hours.
- When the soap is set, carefully turn out the soaps from the mold. Don’t worry soap molds are thin which makes this process very easy.
And that’s it… easy wasn’t it?