This espresso soap bar recipe is a gorgeous, softly exfoliating soap that will give you an early morning, calorie-free, caffeine fix!


Makes: 400 g (approx. 4 soap bars) Prep Time: 10 min. (plus setting time)


• 300 g pure soap – roughly chopped into small pieces (see recipe notes)
• 80 g carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)
• 20 g coffee grounds (see recipe notes)

Extra equipment required

Silicone moulds or soap trays


1. Add soap to blender or food processor. Blend for 10-20 seconds on high speed until you reach a powder-like consistency. Empty into a glass bowl.
2. Add carrier oil to bowl and heat until softened, using either a microwave or the double boiler method. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Note that mixture will look warm and squishy but not melted to a liquid consistency. Remove from heat.
3. Add coffee grounds and mix until combined.
4. Press mixture into silicone moulds or soap trays and allow to cool before unmoulding.
5. Allow to dry for 24 hours on a tray or sheet of baking paper, before storing in container of choice.

To Use

Massage onto wet skin and rinse with warm water. Keep soap dry between uses.

Recipe Notes

Source soap as pure and fragrance-free as you can find (organic is preferable).Coffee grounds must be fully dehydrated.
If the bar breaks apart during use, just reform into a ball after each shower.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 50,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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