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DIY Homemade Soap Recipe - Handmilled Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe with Coffee

Handmilled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Homemade Soap Recipe

June 3, 2014

DIY Homemade Soap Recipe - Handmilled Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe with Coffee

This homemade soap recipe is made by rebatching or handmilling unscented cold process soap and then adding additional ingredients to give its skin conditioning properties a boost. In lieu of using water in this handmilled 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 handmilled 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!

Homemade Soap Recipe for Making DIY Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Handmilled Soap

Handmilled Coffee & Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


24 oz. unscented cold process soap, grated (Make it!)
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 Homemade Soap by Rebatching or Handmilling

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.

Homemade Soap Recipe - How to Make Handmilled Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap

Weigh out the espresso coffee, shea butter, cocoa butter and fractionated coconut oil and combine with the grated soap in a stainless steel pot.

Handmilled Soap Recipe - How to Make Homemade Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap

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.

How to Rebatch Soap and a Homemade DIY Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Handmilled Soap Recipe

Spoon the soap evenly into each of the six cavities of a Crafters Choice™ Basic Round Silicone Soap Mold.

Homemade Soap Recipe - DIY Handmilled Coffee and Bourbon Vanilla Soap Recipe for Homemade Gifts or DIY Wedding Favors

Once 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.

You may also want to try out these other homemade soap recipes for making handmilled soaps: Men’s Seriously Sexy Homemade Soap Recipe, Natural Handmilled Rosehip Homemade Facial Soap Recipe, Natural Handmilled Lavender & Sea Salt Homemade Soap Recipe, Handmilled Heart Shaped Soap Recipe for Valentine’s Day, and my Homemade Shaving Soap in a Mug Recipe. Or use this same round mold to create your own DIY Melt and Pour 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.


  • Angela Flingos

    June 4, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    This looks like a great Father’s day gift!

  • Becca

    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!

  • Zylo

    June 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Oh I bet this smells GREAT.

  • rebbeca

    July 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    where do you get the vanilla bourbon scent at?

  • Melinda

    October 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I especially like your pink vintage Pyrex bowl!

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