I can't just wake up with coffee, I need a good hot shower in the morning, however it can be really difficult to keep the soap and water from getting into my coffee cup. I had to come up with a way to have my coffee and my shower and not miss a minute of the day. That was when I began making my coffee soap, whats better to get you going than coffee and a hot shower all at once!
Heres what you need to make this fabulous rich soap that helps keep your skin at that perfect pH balance, and makes you feel like your soaking in a big hot cup of coffee!
Safety Gear: this is very important as you will be using caustic materials
1. Heavy duty rubber gloves
3. Mask (not as important, but still recommended)
4. Baking Soda (this is to neutralize your utensils and any accidental spills of the Lye)
5. Phenolphthalein to test the soap's alkalinity (this can be purchased online through soap making sites, chemical suppliers or where I get mine - Wine making Sites.)
4 ounces NaHCl - Lye
22 ounces Olive Oil
10 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
12 ounce Strong Coffee (brewed with spring water is best, if your water is alkaline you can use bottled drinking water or distilled)
2 Ounces Castor Oil
1.5 ounces of essential fragrance oil - COFFEE of course!
4 ounces of powdered goats milk
small plastic container to be used for the lye
large measuring cup or glass jar for mixing lye and liquid
Large Stainless Steel or enameled cooking pot ( WARNING! Never use aluminum pans or utensils when working with Lye as this will contaminate your soap)
Large Wooden or Plastic Spoon
Hand Blender (not necessary but definitely nice to have as it cuts down stirring by 75% at least)
Non-Stick cooking spray
Mold (I made this sosp mold from left over laminate scraps when I removed my kitchen counter, but a small plastic bin will do or even a shoe box lined with wax paper).
Step 1: Getting started - The Recipe and Preparing the Lye solution
THE BAREFOOT BOHEMIAN'S GOLDEN RULES OF SOAP MAKING!
- Safety equipment is NOT OPTIONAL it is a MUST HAVE!
- Measure, measure and measure. Exact measurements are very important. From something simple as the soap not setting up right to it being caustic and unseeable. You don't want something to literally clean the skin off the user.
- EQUIPMENT MUST BE NON-REACTIVE. NO ALUMINUM OR GALVANIZED METALS. I use an enameled pot that I must check before every use to make certain there are no chips or cracks in the enamel s this would make the pot unusable. I never use non-stick coated pans although I am not certain if they are safe to use. I am not going to take the chance just to find out,
- HAVE FUN WITH YOUR SOAP MAKING!!! There are literally thousands of various combinations of oils you can use and just ad mny resulting soap properties as there are mixtures. There are hundreds or essential oils and fragrances to whose from and even is and match. Keep a log of each batch of soap you make, the ingredients used, any special additives and how the soap performs after its cured. Do you like the lather? Hw does ir leave you skin feeling? Did you like the scent and did it linger on your skin, This way you can repeat a batch that you particularly like or see if there are parts of the press's you want to change.
Make sure you have plenty of room for a work surface.
Fill a pan or bucket with some lukewarm water and about 1 cup baking soda to 1 gallon water. Mix this well. It will come in handy to neutralize utensils and to pour over spills in case of accidents.
During nice weather, I will make my lye combinations outdoors. This keeps the fumes dispersed and when the weather is cooler it helps the solution cool back down to proper temperature faster. However since I lived in a very windy area of the country I tend to measure my lye indoors.
**Lye and soap calculators can be found online to help you develop your own recipes. They take all the math our of calculating saponification values and make life much easier for the every day soap maker.
I measure all my soap making ingredients on a digital scale - after all this is chemistry and not roll the dice and hope for the best.
Using a good quality scale, carefully measure out 4 ounces Sodium Hydroxide into a non-reactive container using a non-reactive utensil.