Our recent Soap Queen TV video on how to make a melt & pour soap with exfoliants was so popular that we decided to create a cold process recipe with the same great characteristics.
This recipe is a layered cold process soap that features pumice, ground loofah and coffee grounds. Their combined scrubbing power is sure to get those dirty hands clean.
If you've never made cold process soap before you should definitely watch the first 4 videos on the basics of cold process soapmaking on Soap Queen TV.
PREP: Line your 5 pound ELF mold with freezer paper. Don your safety gear, making sure it fits well.
ONE: Carefully combine your water and lye and mix well. Always add the lye to the water and stir until the mixture turns clear. Make sure you're in a well ventilated area.
TWO: While the lye mixture cools, melt and combine Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Flakes, Sweet Almond Oil and Olive Oil. Stir the Mango Butter into the warm mixture so it melts slowly (this prevents the mango butter from getting a grainy texture).
THREE: Slowly and carefully add the lye water to the oil mixture. Stick blend until light trace. Add your blend of essential oils and stick blend until trace.
FOUR: Separate the batch into two even containers (eyeball the measurement).
FIVE: To the first half of soap batter, add 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and mix well with the stick blender until you reach thick trace. Pour the soap batter into the mold.
SIX: Add 2 tablespoons of Blue Pumice to the second half of the batter and mix until thick trace. Pour the second layer of soap.
TIP: Pour the soap over a spoon so it hits the first layer of soap gently preventing a "break through". We want a nice and even layer.
SEVEN: Garnish the top of the soap with blue pumice and shredded loofah. Then insulate and put it to bed over night. I like to put a piece of cardboard over the top of the mold and wrap it in a towel. Cooling slowly will put the soap through gel phase and help prevent soda ash.
EIGHT: Let the soap set for 24 hours. Unmold, cut and let cure for 4 to 6 weeks.