by Rustic Escentuals
Talk about a wake up call! Hazelnut Coffee scent in a tough working soap that helps to cut odors. This is possibly one of my favorite soaps. It’s great for those garlic and onion smells you just can’t seem to wash away, plus the exfoliation will get your fingers sparkling clean. A very pretty soap with an awesome scent!
Supplies and equipment needed:
Microwave safe glass containers
Sharp knife to cut soap into cubes
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Butter knives for stirring soap
Oval Rim Bar Soap Mold (3 cavities – 4.25 ounces each)
Thermometer to monitor soap temperature
16 oz White Melt & Pour soap base
Hazelnut Coffee Fragrance Oil
Step 1: Cut up 16 ounces of White Melt & Pour soap base into small cubes using a sharp knife.
Step 2: Melt soap base in a microwave safe glass container. Melt in the microwave in 30-second bursts until melted. Do not burn or boil, this will result in a poor quality rubbery soap. If there are any small chunks of soap left, stir slowly; the heat of the soap will melt these small chunks.
Step 3: Use a thermometer to monitor your soap temperature. I don’t like to add fragrance oils or additives when the soap is too hot so I wait for it to cool to about 145 degrees. Using a disposable pipette, add 4 ml of the Hazelnut Coffee fragrance oil. Stir in slowly until fully incorporated. Always stir the soap base slowly to avoid forming bubbles in the soap.
Step 4: Slowly add 1/4 teaspoon of ground coffee. After it is fully incorporated add another 1/4 teaspoon and continue to stir slowly. The ground coffee is awesome in kitchen soap because it aids in the removal of cooking odors from your fingers and adds a nice exfoliation to the soap. You can add as much or as little as you want.
Step 5: As you learned in the Exfoliating Massage Bar Tutorial, the trick to keeping exfoliant suspended throughout the soap is to keep stirring slowly while you let it cool. It won’t be ready for pouring until you see the soap getting a bit lumpy. You may also see a thin skin forming on top of the soap. Don’t worry about this; just stir back into the soap. This take a bit of patience, you don’t want to pour it until you reach this point. If you’re not sure, a quick test to see if your soap is ready to pour is to stop stirring, and wait to see if your exfoliant floats to the top or bottom of your container. The picture below shows the ground coffee floating up – not ready to pour yet!
Step 6: You need to pay attention once you see the lumps and/or the skin forming. If you wait too long it could start to set pretty fast. Pour it into your mold quickly. If soap has set and it’s hard to pour, you’ll have to heat up your soap and start over. Practice makes perfect!
Step 7: Finish off with a final spritz of alcohol to remove any bubbles.
Step 8: Wait 2-3 hours for the soap to completely harden.
Step 9: Turn the mold over carefully and slowly press on the bottom of the cavity to release the soap. Do not force it. If the soap won’t come out, wait another 1/2 hour or so. You can even pop the soap in the freezer for 5 minutes then try again.
Enjoy and get cooking!