We’re on DIY fire this week! On Monday Lee posted her tutorial for a DIY crocheted infinity scarf and today I’m posting this DIY Vanilla Latte Soap. Originally we had another post planned, but as soon as I made this soap I knew I had to share it.
My good friend Zan came over last weekend and we spent a couple of hours making this soap. We took the hack version (melt and pour vegetable glycerin) of soap making since I don’t want any of you burning your eyebrows off playing around with lye.
One day we’ll get into the real stuff, but for now let’s keep our eyebrows.
If you’re a french press coffee drinker like I am then you’ve probably wondered if there was any way you could repurpose all of those leftover coffee grinds you end up dumping each day. I did some digging and discovered there are SO many things you can do with hose leftover grinds. More ways to include coffee in my life? HALLELUJAH.
One of these ways includes using it on your body. I know it may seem strange to use coffee in beauty products, but it’s actually very good for your skin. Here are a few reasons why you need to be dousing your body in coffee:
-It’s an amazing exfoliant. Adios dry skin!
-It helps to reduct inflammation and puffiness.
-It improves circulation to bring fresh blood to that area
-It’s smells like perfection.
So now that I’ve convinced you that you need to make this soap, it’s time I teach you how to do it.
First, here’s what you need.
-3 cups vegetable glycerin soap (melt-and-pour soap) – you can either buy this in cubes or in bars
-2 T coconut oil, melted
-1/3 cup coffee grounds of choice
-1 vanilla bean, beans scraped from pod
–rubbing alcohol – helps to prevent bubbles.
-plastic or silicone soap mould – I used a plastic pencil holder from the dollar store but this mould would be ideal
1. Chop glycerin soap into small chunks
2. Place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 40 seconds. Stir and then continue to microwave in 10 second increments until melted. This will take a couple of minutes.
3. Stir in melted coconut oil and vanilla beans
4. Spray your soap mould(s) with rubbing alcohol.
5. Add coffee grounds in an even layer to the mould.
6. Top with melted glycerin mixture until just covering beans. Use a spoon to stir coffee grounds in with soap.
7. Pour remaining glycerin mixture on top. Some coffee grounds may float to the top.
8. Spray with rubbing alcohol.
9. Place in freezer to set for 30 minutes.
10. Carefully remove from mould and using a knife, slice into 3 bars.