How to Make Hand-Milled Soap: Coffee Vanilla Bourbon Soap Recipe
Learn how to make hand-milled soap scented with real coffee. This easy coffee soap recipe makes a great homemade soap for men and women and is scented with a bourbon vanilla fragrance. This DIY soap is easy to make and is a great homemade Father’s Day gift for Dad.
This homemade soap recipe is made by rebatching or hand-milling unscented cold process soap and then adding additional ingredients to give its skin conditioning properties a boost. In lieu of using water in this hand-milled homemade soap recipe, I chose instead to use a strong brewed espresso coffee and then combined it with a bourbon vanilla fragrance oil making it a wonderful unisex scent choice for both men and women. Plus, shea and cocoa butters give dry skin that extra bit of love.
This homemade soap recipe is simple to make and the resulting hand-milled soaps serve as lovely homemade gifts or DIY wedding favors any time of year. Dad is sure to love these as homemade Father’s Day gifts too! You can learn more about how to make hand-milled soap here.
Hand-milled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
These are the ingredients you will need to make this hand-milled coffee soap recipe:
- 24 oz. unscented cold process soap, such as this goat milk soap
- 1 oz. shea butter
- 1 oz. cocoa butter
- 2.5 oz. strong brew espresso coffee
- 1 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
- .85 oz. bourbon vanilla fragrance oil
How to Make Hand-Milled Soap
Here are the steps to make homemade soap by rebatching existing soap:
1. Begin by weighing out the unscented soap using a digital scale – I used my own unscented goat milk soap – then grate into a large bowl.
2. Weigh out the espresso coffee, shea butter, cocoa butter and fractionated coconut oil and combine with the grated soap in a stainless steel pot.
3. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat until the shea and cocoa butters have melted, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir until the soap looks like it has melted. Stir in the fragrance oil until fully incorporated then remove from heat.
4. Spoon the soap evenly into each of the six cavities of a Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold.
5. Once your homemade soaps have hardened completely, carefully push each soap bar out of the mold and then set aside to allow excess water to evaporate. This could take several days to a week or more depending on your humidity levels. Then wrap and label as desired.
More Homemade Hand-milled Soap Recipes
If you like my homemade soap recipe for making hand-milled coffee soap, then be sure to try my other hand-milled soap recipes:
- Men’s Homemade Soap Recipe
- Hand-milled Rosehip Facial Soap Recipe
- Hand-milled Lavender & Sea Salt Soap Recipe
- Hand-milled Heart Soap Recipe
- Homemade Shaving Soap in a Mug Recipe
- Charcoal Anise Hand-milled Soap Recipe
You can also use the same round mold for the above homemade soap recipe to create your own DIY Loofah Soaps!
For even more homemade soap recipes, including melt and pour soap recipes and cold process soap recipes visit my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.
June 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm
This looks like a great Father’s day gift!
June 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm
WOW this looks awesome! Agree with Angela on the Father’s Day Gift idea. Bonus tip – you can make your own vanilla extract with a bottle of liquor and 12 vanilla beans. It takes 3 months – I’m in the process of making my first batch of extract. When it’s done I’m going to make this soap!
June 16, 2014 at 8:28 am
Oh I bet this smells GREAT.
July 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm
where do you get the vanilla bourbon scent at?
October 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm
I especially like your pink vintage Pyrex bowl!
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