Reminiscent of a creamy latte, this caffeinated bar is made in two pours, both prominently featuring the beloved coffee bean. This bar makes a fun and cozy gift for the coffee-lover in your life.
- Prepare a double boiler for melting the soap.
- Divide the soap base into quarters, using a large knife.
- Cut the one quarter of the one-pound soap base into ½ inch to 1 inch pieces and place in the top of the double boiler with the heat on very low.
- Melt the soap base, stirring periodically, until the soap is mostly melted. Turn off the heat and allow the residual heat to finish the melting process.
Alternatively, melt the soap in a glass heat-proof container in the microwave, starting with a 30 second interval. Stir to break up the pieces of soap and return to the microwave for an additional 10 seconds. Stir the soap again and repeat with five second intervals until the soap is completely melted.
Be careful to avoid allowing the soap to bubble up which can indicate too much time in the microwave.
- While the soap is melting, place the soap mold onto a level surface where it can be left undisturbed for at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours.
- Line the bottom of the rectangular soap mold with just enough whole coffee beans to form a loose layer, approximately 2-3 tablespoons.
- Add ¼ teaspoon of coffee grounds and ½ teaspoon of shea butter to the melted soap. Mix carefully to avoid forming too many bubbles.
- Once all ingredients are homogenous and melted thoroughly, pour the soap over the coffee beans. This should be just enough soap to set the coffee beans into the bottom of the molds.
- Return the bowl to the double boiler and continue with the second pour.
- Cut the remaining 3/4 lb. of soap base into ½ inch to 1 inch pieces.
- Melt these in a bowl over the double boiler, stirring occasionally, or using the microwave method above.
- Combine the pigment powder with the glycerin in a small bowl to prepare the colorant.
- Add half of the colorant mixture to the soap as it melts, stirring gently as you go. If a deeper color is desired, add the other half of the colorant mixture.
- Once the soap is completely melted, mix in the remaining coffee grounds and shea butter. Stir gently to avoid creating extra bubbles.
- Pour the melted soap mixture slowly over the first pour in the molds, taking care to not spill the hot soap as you go. If bubbles begin to form on the surface of the poured soap, simply spritz them with the rubbing alcohol and watch them dissipate.
Cooling & Packaging:
- Let the soap cool for at least three hours or overnight. Once set, apply firm but gentle pressure around the soap mold to release the bars from the mold.
- Package the bars according to their specific packaging needs. Use as a cleansing facial bar or an all-purpose hand washing bar.