Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap Recipe

by Charlotte Walker
Salt Soap Recipe: Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap

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 soapqueen.com 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. 

Ingredients

Essential Oils (Optional)

Directions

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

Salt Soap Recipe: Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap

Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap

This coffee cocoa salt soap recipe makes a soap that stimulates the body and senses with coffee, cocoa and essential oils. It exfoliates… Crafts & DIY Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap Recipe European Print This
Serves: 1 Loaf of Soap
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 4.0/5
( 7 voted )

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil – 756g (26.66oz)
  • Cold Coffee – 220g (7.76oz)
  • Lye – 110g (3.88oz)
  • Himalayan Sea Salt – 378g (13.33oz)
  • Coffee grounds – 30g (1.05oz)
  • Cocoa powder – 10g (.35oz)
  • ESSENTIAL OILS
  • Patchouli - 1/2 tsp (.26 oz)
  • Ylang Ylang - 1/2 tsp (.26 oz)
  • Lavender - 1 tsp (.312 oz)
  • Rosemary - 1/2 tsp (.208 oz)

Instructions

Step 1 – Make your lye solution. Weigh the coffee and the lye into separate containers. Pour the lye into the coffee container and stir. Leave 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 – Add the essential oils to the coconut oil and stir.

Step 5 - Add the lye solution to the oils. Mix until you get a very light trace.

Step 6 - Add the salt and mix well but quickly. This soap hardens quickly.

Step 7 - Quickly pour the soap into your mould. 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 mould and cut. Allow the soap to cure 4-6 weeks before using.

You may also like

13 comments

Angela January 25, 2018 - 12:47 pm

Question. When did you add the cocoa powder?

Reply
Charlotte Walker January 25, 2018 - 5:21 pm

good catch! You whisk the cocoa powder into your melted oils. I’ve amended the recipe.

Reply
Tonya April 1, 2018 - 2:28 am

Can this be done by hot process? Will it affect the final product?

Reply
Charlotte Walker April 1, 2018 - 10:25 am

I’ve never tried it. I expect that it might end up being quite different though and not like the results you would get following this recipe.The heat would dissolve the salt and I’m not sure what that would result in as a finished product.

Reply
Tonya April 3, 2018 - 8:58 pm

Will you be posting the recipes for the other two soaps shown in the above photo?

Reply
Charlotte Walker April 5, 2018 - 8:27 pm

Hi Tonya, These were both new recipes so I wanted to use the soap first to make sure I’m happy with the results. I’ll share soon.

Reply
Tammie April 12, 2018 - 8:13 pm

HI Charlotte, Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have a couple of questions.., I’m wondering if you’ve had time to access the Rustic Coffee Cocoa Salt Soap yet and how you feel it turned out? Also, is the Cocoa powder ingredient used in the recipe, regular Cocoa powder that one would use in a baked goods recipe? Sorry I am new to this.

Reply
Charlotte Walker April 13, 2018 - 2:24 pm

Hi Tammie, I use this soap all the time, I’ve made many batches of it. My dad really likes it because it’s abrasive and great for cleaning his hands after he’s been working in his shop. I tend to use a sponge to lather it on my skin because the soap is a bit abrasive with all those coffee grounds. It smells great and I like how it feels on my skin. Yes, the cocoa powder is the same as the stuff you use for baking! 🙂

Just keep in mind that this soap sets quickly and needs to be cut very quickly. Most soaps stay soft enough you can cut them weeks later …this one is unique and must be cut shortly after pouring it. I mention this in the directions but wanted to point it out again.

Reply
Tammie April 18, 2018 - 10:01 pm

You’re amazing.. Thank you so much Charlotte!

Reply
Abby Barberg November 23, 2019 - 9:32 pm

I am short on salt…I only have 246 g. Can this same recipe be used or will that mess it all up?

Reply
Charlotte Walker November 23, 2019 - 10:55 pm

changing quantities with a soap recipe can lead to inconsistencies in the results. To be safe you would want to use a soap calculator and re-calculate the recipe.

Reply
Linda November 10, 2019 - 1:03 am

I got distracted and busy and just took my soap out of the mold a week after making it.
Totally crumbled. Is there a way to reheat this and save it? What would you do with it if not?
do you think it crumbled because it got too hard in the mold?
Thanks for your help!

Reply
Charlotte Walker November 23, 2019 - 8:51 pm

Hi Linda, I am sorry it took so long to get back to you. Salt soap, and this recipe specifically, needs to be cut hours after being poured or it becomes too hard and crumbly to cut. It’s one of those projects that can’t be set aside. I’ll touch on that point more emphatically in future. Its a very unique soap the way it sets up so rapidly. The soap is still perfectly good if you are able to saw it or find a way to cut it into chunks that would be usable (maybe not the prettiest but still good soap).

There are debates about re-batching salt soap but I have no personal experience. I saw a few youtube videos when I did a quick search so it is worth looking into.

Reply

Leave a Comment