Make Your Very Own Coffee Soap Bar With Used Coffee Grounds


Enjoying a caffeinated drink isn’t the only way to get a caffeine boost. In fact, caffeine can be absorbed through the skin, giving you a little extra (through probably very subtle) dose of energy for the day.

Sure it’s easy to find coffee scented products at the store, but you can easily make a bar or two of coffee soap right at home. Not only will you be making excellent use of some used coffee grounds, it’s also exciting to make something  you can use daily and that smells absolutely delicious.


What you’ll need:soap1

  • 1 unscented bar of soap (preferably glycerine soap)
  • Used coffee grounds
  • Vanilla essence
  • 1 pot
  • 1 bowl
  • Molds (silicone works best), or a muffin pan


  1. Place your bar of soap in a bowl. I grated my soap so it would melt faster, but it isn’t a necessary step.
  2. Heat water in a pot. Place the bowl containing soap in the pan,
    and wait for the soap to melt.
    *Ideally, your soap will liquify. Mine didn’t, and I ended up adding about 5 teaspoons of hot water directly into the bowl
    to get the soap into a thick
  3. When your soap has melted, add the used coffee grounds. You
    can add as much (or as little) as you like. I added about 3 tablespoons, and ended up with a grayish colored bar of soap.
  4. Add 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla essence and mix.
  5. Fill the molds with the liquid/paste.coffee3
  6. Cool for several hours
  7. When the soap has hardened completely, gently remove it from the mold, using a butterknife if necessary.


In just a few hours, you’ll have yourself a homemade bar of soap that smells like sweet vanilla latte. In retrospect, I would recommend putting in a lot of coffee grounds into the mix — maybe double or more of what I put in. The coffee smell will almost be nonexistent if you put too little, which is something you probably don’t want after putting in all the effort.

You might also want to note that these soaps should be placed on a soap dish, to prevent staining your countertops.

In addition to making your hands germ-free, the coffee grounds inside the soap will also help to exfoliate and soften the skin, making your hands soft and clean at the same time. The best part is, you’ll be making great use of all the leftover coffee grounds you get after brewing a cup of coffee!

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