This easy caffeinated soap recipe has a coffee scrub center, giving you a fun two-in-one soap and scrub!
Inspired by my orange & coconut scented coffee scrub recipe, this homemade caffeinated soap recipes combines gritty coffee scrub ingredients – pink Himalayan salt, brown sugar, and ground coffee – with real caffeine extract for that extra pick me up! Make them with your favorite detergent free soap base for homemade soaps that are not only fun to use, but are also fantastic to gift!
Caffeinated Soap Recipe (with a coffee scrub center)
4.2 oz. clear detergent free melt and pour soap base (or similar)
19 oz. white low sweat detergent free melt and pour soap base (or similar)
1.1 oz. water soluble caffeine extract
1 oz. coconut orange cardamom fragrance oil
.1 oz. blood orange essential oil
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground coffee
1 tsp. pink Himalayan salt, fine ground
Tools & Materials:
Wilton 24-Cavity Silicone Brownie Squares Baking Mold
6-cavity Ozera Silicone Soap Mold
large glass Pyrex measuring cup(s)
isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol in a spray bottle
You will make the square/diamond coffee scrub soap embeds for this caffeinated soap recipe first.
Begin by weighing out 4.2 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut it into chunks using a Chef’s knife and combine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat for 30 seconds then stir. If the soap is not melted, heat again in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings, until the soap has melted completely.
Allow the melted soap to cool slightly then weigh out .1 oz. of the blood orange essential oil and .1 oz. of the caffeine extract. Stir them into the melted soap base.
Using a measuring spoon, measure out one teaspoon each of the brown sugar, ground coffee, and the pink Himalayan salt. Stir these into the melted soap base.
Now place the mini brownie squares mold onto a cutting board.
Carefully pour the melted soap evenly into the six cavities of the mold. If needed you can spritz the tops of the soap with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any air bubbles.
Using the cutting board, carefully transfer the soap mold to the refrigerator and allow the coffee scrub soap embeds to set up fully.
Once the coffee scrub soap embeds have cooled and hardened completely, you are ready for the next step.
Now that the coffee scrub soap embeds have solidified, carefully remove them from the mold cavities.
Place the Ozera silicone soap mold on top of the cutting board. Then place one coffee scrub soap embed into the center of each of the six mold cavities.
Now weigh out 19 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Use a Chef’s knife to cut the soap into chunks and combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup.
Heat the white melt and pour soap base in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings, until the soap has melted completely.
Now weigh out 1 oz. of the caffeine extract and 1 oz. of the coconut cardamom fragrance oil. Stir into the melted soap.
Side Note: The coconut orange cardamom fragrance oil I used for my caffeinated soap recipe does contain a small percentage of vanilla. If you want to avoid having your soaps discolor slightly – vanilla turns soap brown over time – you can use an mp vanilla stabilizer. Optionally, you can also choose another fragrance oil entirely that does not contain vanilla. Just be sure that the fragrance oil you choose will compliment the blood orange essential oil.
Allow the white melt and pour soap base to cool slightly. You don’t want to pour the soap too hot or some of the ingredients from your coffee scrub soap embeds could potentially “bleed” into the surrounding white melt and pour soap base.
Spritz the tops of the coffee scrub soap embeds in your mold cavities with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, then slowly and carefully pour the melted white melt and pour soap base over the coffee scrub soap embeds and into the mold cavities.
Fill all six of the Ozera silicone soap mold cavities with the white melt and pour soap base.
Now spritz the tops of the soap you just poured with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol if needed to remove any air bubbles. Then slowly transfer the soap mold, using the cutting board for transport, to the refrigerator to cool. Optionally you can simply allow your soaps to cool on the counter or table where you poured them.
Once your caffeinated soaps have cooled and hardened completely, remove them from the mold cavities and wrap tightly in foodservice film. You’ve now successfully made my caffeinated soap recipe and your very own homemade caffeinated soaps are now ready to use or gift!
If you used the fragrance oil I suggested for this caffeinated soap recipe, you can expect your soap to turn a medium brown with a dark brown center if you don’t use a vanilla stabilizer.
I personally love the look of brown on brown, but if you do not, be sure to opt for another fragrance option without vanilla, or use a vanilla stabilizer for melt and pour soap.
If you liked my caffeinated soap recipe, then you may also like my other coffee related recipes. These include my orange coconut coffee scrub recipe, my cardamom & spice solid coffee sugar scrub recipe, my homemade coffee soap recipe, my coffee & bourbon vanilla homemade soap recipe, my natural coffee under eye cream recipe, and my homemade coffee flavored lip balm recipe.
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