Crockpot Coffee Kitchen Soap
This is one of my favorite soaps! Maybe it?s because it?s made with coffee and I LOVE coffee. Or maybe it?s because it justifies me eating an entire can of Pringles (I need the can so of course I must eat the Pringles. All of them). And since I need coffee for this recipe I might as well drink some while I?m at it, right? Coffee and Pringles totally go together?.
Okay, maybe not.
Anyway- it works great for the kitchen because it eliminates onion and garlic smells left on your hands after preparing meals. And?.it?s pretty.
Yes, it?s slightly more time consuming than your easy melt and pour microwave recipes, but I promise you- it?s worth it!
Your hard work will yield more than 16 soap slices from one batch!
And hey, while you?re sitting around stirring soap for the next 30 minutes or so, why not enjoy a cup of coffee. Or some Pringles. Or some of both.
You know, if you?re into that?..
-Stainless steel or wooden spoon (just don’t use it for food when you are done. Gross!)
-Glass jar (for mixing the lye)
-Wooden skewer (again, for mixing the lye)
-Pringles Can (yep, from those chips you devoured last night?)
-Stick Immersion Blender (if you have one- it will totally save your arm while doing all that stirring!)
What to do:
– In your glass jar, SLOWLY add the lye into coffee (DO NOT add the coffee to the lye, it will bubble and burst and cause burns!). Stir the mixture with a wooden skewer. DO NOT inhale the fumes (wear a mask if you want to be super duper careful). Stir until all of the lye is dissolved and set the mixture aside.
– Add the olive, coconut, and palm oil into your Crockpot and turn on high for melting.
– Once melted, pour in the lye mixture and stir with your wooden spoon to incorporate.
– Stir constantly (seriously, don?t stop stirring) until the mixture resembles thick set pudding (trace). This will take about 15-30 minutes. If you have a stick immersion blender, stir and pulse in short bursts and you should reach the proper consistency in about 5-8 minutes (this is why I said it will totally save your arm during this step! If you don?t have one, no big deal. Switch arms half way through and consider it exercise!).
– Once you reach trace put the lid on the Crockpot and let it cook for about 10 minutes. The outsides should be boiling and it should start to look like a gel.
– Stir and put the lid back on for another 5-10 minutes. After roughly 15 minutes your soap should resemble applesauce (gelled and chunky looking). Continue to stir until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes and feels waxy when a small, cooled amount is rubbed between your fingertips. Total cooking time is usually about 30 minutes.
– Finally add the almond oil and ground coffee and mix well; leaving it slightly swirled in appearance.
– Place the finished soap into the empty (and thoroughly wiped clean) Pringles container and allow to cool. Once completely cooled, simply tear off the container!
– Slice soap into 1/2″ slices and enjoy!