Coffee soap - for kitchen, thighs or garden?
I know that sounds strange. I intended to try them all, but I usually pick a soap that appeals to me and then I like it a lot and use it until its gone. And then I pick another one. I have finally learned to make little balls of soap out of the spills and use those, or off cuts to test the soaps for feel (and PH) but some I haven't tried at all. Especially the first ones that I made. So now I am spoilt for choise.
One that I haven't tried before, but just pulled out is the coffee soap. I got the idea when I had made a coffee face cream. I had originally thought that the caffein could be a great astringent and would work well in a cream. Either a body lotion or a face cream and then... Eureka! Coffee soap. That must be great for cellulite, I thought. Of course Google told me that everybody else had already made coffee soaps (so not that original - ok!) but I also found out that Coffee soap was considered a great neutralizer of odors and therefore best used in the kitchen. I guess that is one of the reasons I haven't tried it already. I have a steel soap (no! no lye in that) that I use in the kitchen and that works great!
The recipe is pretty simple. Just use coffee as a liquid for the lye in your favorite recipe. It gives the soap a nice neutral brown colour and a wonderful smokey coffee scent. I didn't add anything to it, not fragrance, not colour but some may want to embellish the coffee scent with some vanilla or orange or mint. I think those would all go well with coffee. I did put in some ground coffee (unused) to a part of the soap. I intended that to work as a scrub on those thighs, but I guess they also serve to change my cellulite soap into a gritty gardeners soap too.
However I haven't given up the idea that Coffee soap should be a great wake up shower soap AND could do wonders for those lumpy thighs! I have a lot to look forward to.
And I promise that if the thighs turn out to be photo worthy I'll post a picture :) - (I wouldn't hold your breath, though. As much as I believe in my soaps I don't think they'll perform minor miracles (or should that be major?).)
Oh well, here is to hoping!