Recipe: Espresso & Orange Bar Soap

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I really love the fragrance of coffee in- well, in just about anything. But a basic cup of joe scent can sometimes be too predictable. With this recipe I made two mixtures using a dark roast as the liquid portion in one, and adding a sweet orange fragrance to the other, and blended them into one beautiful bar. I love the way the two smells complement one another and make a yummy, unexpected scent.

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To make your own Espresso Orange Soap, you?ll need:

5 cups Stephenson’s Rebatch Soap Base

1 cup Dark Roast Coffee

1 cup Water

1 teaspoon Jojoba Oil

2 teaspoons Oatmeal Milk & Honey Fragrance Oil

1 tablespoon Sweet Orange Essential Oil

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Since we’re making two differently scented mixtures (that we will later blend together) you’ll need to do two set-ups. For the coffee mixture, Melt 4 cups of grated rebatch soap base over a double boiler (or similar set-up, like I did) and 1 cup of rebatch over a separate double boiler set-up.

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When using rebatch soap base, you need to add liquid back into the soap as it melts. Start with the coffee mixture (since we’re melting a larger amount of soap, you need to start this one first that way both batches finish at the same time) and add in 1 cup of room temp coffee. Melt over medium-high heat, stirring slowly. When the mixture appears half way melted, begin the small batch (the one we’ll scent with orange). With the smaller batch, add in water 1 tablespoon at a time using up to 1 cup of water.

Once both batch have reached the consistency of mashed potatoes, you need to work fast. My big batch was ready just slightly before my small batch which worked out perfectly.

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Remove the coffee batch from the heat and mix in the Jojoba Oil and Oatmeal fragrance oil. To blend quickly, I used my electric hand mixer. Doing this also adds in a little air to the mix making it fluffy like cake batter. Carefully pour the mixture into the mold and move onto the orange batch.

Remove the small batch of melted base from the heat and stir in the Sweet Orange essential oil with your spoon. Scoop dollops of the orange mixture onto the top of the coffee mixture and swirl with your spoon.

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The color different won’t be extreme at first, but as the soap cures the coffee base will darken creating a beautiful contrast. Allow the soap to harden in the mold for 24 hours. After 24 hours, unmold and slice into evenly sized pieces.

*Don’t forget-rebatch soap will need to rack dry for about 3 weeks before use.

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Beautiful, two toned, swirled bars that smell wonderful!


Author: Cat

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