Bar Soap Recipe - Made With Coffee, Cappuccino, or Tea

You might be thinking how much you like to drink these but never thought about washing with them! Trust me when I tell you – there’s nothing like waking up in the morning and scrubbing with coffee soap. 

Not only is coffee great for waking up, it’s also a great exfoliator for your skin. It feels like your skin is drinking coffee.

bar soap

Now, why these three ingredients you ask?

Let’s face it, most of us have at least one of these sitting in the cupboard. So, our mission today will be to find one of those ingredients, and we’ll incorporate it into this very simple recipe.

Open up your cupboard and find either some tea – it can be dried herbs, or just a normal tea bag, or some ground coffee, and if you’re really lucky you may have cappuccino mica in your house. 

This last ingredient is not one that is commonly found in your kitchen cupboard, but if you like cappuccino and want to make cappuccino soap, you can get easily find cappuccino mica in an online shop, or perhaps even in a craft store nearby. 

Unfortunately, I've found that the usual cappuccino in bags does not work well with melt-and-pour soap.

Ingredients for This Handmade Wake-Me-Up Soap Recipe

  • Melt-and-pour glycerin soap– Take as many pieces of this as you want for example,  I only want to make one bar of soap, so I’m going to use just enough little glycerin cubes so that my butter tray is half full (a butter tray is my mold for the soap)

Depending on which variation you want:

  • 3 TBSP OF Coffee grounds
Coffee grounds


  • 3 TBSP of Tea (it can be any kind – green tea, herbal tea - you can even use fruit tea)
3 TBSP of Tea


  • 3 TBSP of Cappuccino Mica

That is it! – These ingredients are all you need for the basic soap. 

Now, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, I have some helpful hints for you:

  • You can use a teaspoon of powdered milk for better consistency of the soap (it works with all ingredients)
  • A bit of coconut oil won’t hurt anybody (except if you’re allergic to it) – only a teaspoon
coconut oil

If you don’t feel the all-natural vibe, you can use a fragrance to make the soap bar ‘pop’ – Green Tea Fragrance Oil, Espresso Fragrance Oil, Lavender Tea Fragrance Oil…

Any of these fragrances will make your soap bar smell nicer, but then it won’t be all-natural, since fragrances are chemical-based.

If you’re not into brown or caramel color (fair warning – tea usually turns the soap bar brown), you can use some food coloring

I prefer an all natural soap bar so no fragrances or coloring for me.

Do you have your ingredients assembled? I’ve got mine – I’ll use my leftover coffee grounds from the morning - how's that for easy?

Step By Step Directions for Wake-Me-Up Bar Soap Recipe 

So, this bar soap recipe is super basic. It works the same with any of the ingredients – coffee, cappuccino or tea.

  • Your 1st Step :– Place your melt-and-pour glycerin soap base into a bowl. If you want it to heat up faster – try grating it, instead of cutting it in little pieces. Place the bowl in a microwave and keep heating it up every 30 seconds, until it melts halfway. 

Instead of a microwave you can use the stove. Just place the bowl with the soap over a pot with water, and gently heat it up while stirring.

melt-and-pour glycerin base
  • Your 2nd Step :– Now take your ground coffee beans or tea, and wet them a bit with 1 and a half TBSP of water, mix, and stir into the melt-and-pour base. 

If you are using cappuccino mica – use rubbing alcohol instead of water – it will incorporate better into the mix.

mix coffee
mix coffee with water
  • Your 3rd Step :– Smell that coffee/tea/cappuccino aroma? If you want more of the scent – you’re welcome to use any of the fragrances I’ve mentioned before, although you should try to use less than 7 drops of it per bar of soap.

Tiny hint #1– if you feel like there’s not enough of your ingredient (tea/coffee/cappuccino) in the soap bar, feel free to add a little bit more. It can change the color to a darker shade, plus it can help with the stronger scent.

We are all using different brands of coffee/tea/cappuccino – some brands are stronger than others, some have stronger scent and color, so add your ingredient the way you see fit/smell fit.

Tiny hint #2– If you want to be a bit creative you can sprinkle a bit of your coffee or tea into your mold before pouring in the mix – it will stick to the top when you put the soap bars out with a butter knife.

final soap

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