DIY Vanilla Coffee Soap

I love making handmade Christmas gifts. But the gift I make have to be easy so I get them done. That why this soap recipe is so great. It's easy to make

Today’s easy gift idea is super easy. I have, in the past, made my own soap. I would mix the lye and the oils to get beautiful handmade soap. I could share one of those recipes with you, but to make that soap it takes a lot more time and equipment, than the one I’m sharing today.

Easy to make soap recipe that would be a great gift for someone who loves coffee.

This vanilla coffee soap starts with a block of melt and pour soap from the craft store. Using the bulk soap helps to make this gift such an easy one to make. So easy your kids can even help.

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There is just something about a handmade soap that is so nice. You can make almost any scent you would like and the soap bases are really very good. I picked up a block of the shea butter soap from Michael’s. But you can also purchase similar soap at Amazon too.

This homemade soap recipe is easy to make and would make a great gift for a person who loves coffee.

The only other items you’ll need is the vanilla scent, coffee grounds, and a mold. I purchased a square and oval mold from Michael’s. But you can purchase a round, square or pretty much any other shape at Amazon too. I like the silicone ones from Amazon better than the plastic.


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Making the Soap


Make sure to cut the soap base into small cubes for easier melting when making this handmade soap.

First, cut up the soap base into chunks and place in a pan or microwave safe bowl. Then microwave for about 15 seconds at a time, then stir. Keep these intervals up until the soap is melted. Make sure all the chunks are melted. If you don’t the soap will start to set back up really fast. I learned this the hard way. 🙂


The coffee ground in this soap can help to exfoliate the skin and makes it smell great too.

Add in the coffee grounds. I used mocha swirl coffee grounds in mine. Stir them in to distribute them well.

Vanilla and Coffee is a great combination for this homemade soap recipe.

Next add in the scent you want. My ground coffee had a nice scent to it, but I added the vanilla scent in too. Just for an extra boost of scent in the soap.

Be sure not to touch the soap while it's setting up.

Pour into the soap mold and then let sit until firm. Don’t touch the soap while it setting up. This can take a while. It all depends on how big your soap mold is. Mine was set in an hour.

Need a super simple gift to make? This homemade soap turns out to have a nice coffee scent.

Once hardened the soap should pop right out and be ready to use.

Even though I don’t drink coffee, I love the smell of this soap. I’m sure the coffee in the soap will be good to exfoliate the skin too. This soap would make a great gift for a gardener or a coffee lover.

How to Make Soap on a Rope

Homemade Soap on a Rope

If you wanted to make soap on a rope to hang in the shower, you could add a doubled over piece of braided yarn or string to the mold after adding the soap. The soap will harden around it and you’ll have a way to hang up the soap to keep it dry between uses.

Make sure to support your “rope” while the soap is hardening. Mine sunk down into the soap all the way so was able to show through the front. Not a huge deal, but if you want pretty soap be sure to support the rope until it is set.

What handmade gifts have you been working on? I would love to have you share about your projects in the comments below.



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40 thoughts on “DIY Vanilla Coffee Soap”

    1. Tonia, My molds are 3 ounces in size. I used 8.5 ounces of Soap base. About 2 tablespoons of Coffee and two drops of the vanilla scent. If your molds are bigger or smaller you might need to adjust the portions. Hope that helps!

        1. I usually make 3 bars at a time. I only cut up enough ounces of soap to fill 3 molds. But you could double or triple the amount if you needed more bars of soap.

  1. Hi Shelly, Thanks for sharing this cool craft! I like crafting but know nothing about soap making so this would be a good one to start me off.
    Just checking though, the coffee you put in the soap has not gone through the coffee maker–right? I think of “grounds” as being used. It sounds like you use them fresh. Also the vanilla scent is found where? It is different than vanilla flavoring–right?

    1. Debbie, sorry for the confusion. The coffee is fresh coffee not used. For the vanilla scent I had some soap scent on hand and used it. I don’t think vanilla flavoring would work. You can purchase soap scents at Amazon or most craft stores, I saw some at Michael’s when I was shopping for the soap base. You could also use essential oils to scent the soap too. I know I’ve used essential oils in the past. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Can you use any other soap base? Also, would vanilla essential oil work fine for this?

    I’m thinking about using this for my wedding favors, thanks for sharing this!!

    1. Tricia, yes you could use a different soap base I know there are many to choose from. The essential oil should work fine I’ve seen other recipes that use essential oils. I just used the soap fragrance because I had it on hand.

  3. Could I use pure olive oil soap as the base? It’s the bar soap I currently use, and it’s just pure saponified olive oil. I’d love to spice it up with a recipe like this. But I don’t know if it would be considered soap base and would work for this? I’ve never made soap before, so maybe this is a silly question! I just don’t know if “soap base” is just a pure soap, or of there is something else about it. Thanks!

    1. Hayley, soap base is like a big block of soap you can get at the craft stores to melt and make a new bar. I know at Amazon they have olive oil soap base (my referral link) you could try. But it might work to just chop or grate a bar of the soap you use and melt it in the microwave then add the extra ingredients. I’ve never tried it before. You might have a problem with the coffee ground settling to the bottom of the soap mixture before it hardens, though. If you give it a try please let me know how it goes.

  4. Hello,
    Love this idea of making simple soaps! I’m not a fan of coffee in soap though… What would you use instead? Would fine oats works? Any other suggestions? Looking forward to getting some more inspiration. Thanks!

  5. Is there a way to make melt and pour soap not sweat? A previous post stated she wanted to use this recipe for wedding favors, but unless she wraps them they will get a film over them. Nancy

      1. How long do you let them sit and dry before using? This was my first one and it was super easy and smells good. My daughter kept making me put more vanilla in lol.

  6. I would like to replicate the now out of production soap marketed as Cashmere Bouquet!! It was a wonderful french milled soap with a heavenly scent. I would just love to replicate the scent if possible.

  7. Hi Shelley,
    Great ideas!! Love them. I’m new to soap and candle making so I’ve got some great ideas off you, thank you! May I ask, do you use ground coffee beans in your soap? Or is it a certain type of coffee? Hope this makes sense?
    Sarah x

    1. Sarah, in this recipe I used pre-ground coffee in a container from the store. I used a flavored coffee because that is what I had on hand. If you grind your coffee at home from beans that should work well too. I hope that helps.

  8. This will be my first soap that I make. I didn’t really see a recipe with amounts, so could you clarify, please? If I use one pound of the pour soap, how many drops of vanilla and how much coffee should I add? Thank you.

    1. Beverly, I didn’t put amounts in so people could adjust the amounts based on what size molds they were using. If you’ll be making a full pound I would start with a 1/4-1/2 cup of coffee. I used about 8 ounces of soap and 1/4 cup coffee with a couple drops of fragrance oil. I think doubling that would be a good start for a pound of soap. I hope that helps.

  9. In the top picture the soap had a dark bottom. Is this the same soap you gave the directions for? Sorry I am a bit confused.

    1. Lois, I’m not sure what you mean. All of the photos in this post are of the same bars of soap. Except the last photo which is of soap on a rope. The vanilla coffee soap bars none of them have a dark bottom but maybe the angle of the photo makes it appear that way. Let me know if you have any other questions. I’m happy to help. Thanks!

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