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Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soaps
  • Difficulty Intermediate
  • Time 1 hour
  • Yields 9 cubes

Details

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

These deliciously scented soaps are made with Bramble Berry Espresso Fragrance and have coffee grounds drifting through the darker colour swirl.  These can be "served" whole in cubes, or cut them to reveal their hidden secret!  I sometimes find cubed soap a little awkward in the shower, and when giftiing these I pre-cut them diagonally in halves so they turn into two bars, but wrapped together for presentation. 

Equipment

1 litre or larger microwave safe jug (or crockpot)
1 small microwave safe jug
1 small squeeze bottle (or ex-tomato sauce bottle)
Scales – useful but not essential
A square piece of card to cover the larger jug in the microwave
Pipette


Variations:

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial


Method:


  • Dice and weigh the soap bases into separate jugs
  • Melt the SLES & SLS FREE (Clear) Crystal Soap Base in the small jug to about 65 - 70°C, but don’t let it boil – heat in 30 second bursts and stir each time
  • Stir to ensure it is completely liquid

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

  • Add the dried coffee grounds, the Latte Mica and 5g/ml Espresso Fragrance and stir well ensuring there are no dry spots.  If there are dry spots a light spritz with Isopropyl Alcohol will dissipate these

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

  • Pour this mixture into the squeeze bottle and set aside in a warm spot
  • Now melt the White SLES & SLS FREE Crystal Soap Base to about 65 - 70°C, but don’t let it boil – heat in 30 second bursts and stirring each time

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

  •  Once completely melted add the rest of the fragrance, Latte Mica and Vanilla Colour Stabiliser and stir well.  Spritz with alcohol if there are any dry spots of mica

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

  • Pour the scented, coloured white soap base into the moulds, filling equally (which is about 2/3 full) -  leave approximately 1 - 2cm in the jug to pour over the top of the bars later

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

  • Spritz with alcohol
  • Check the dark brown soap in the bottle, and if it has begun setting up give it a few quick blasts in the microwave to loosen it.  Keep the soap just liquid enough to squeeze

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

  • Place the nozzle of the bottle just at the surface of the soap and give it a firm squeeze  - this will ensure the soap is "injected" down into the still liquid soap so that it spreads around under the surface ready for the "reveal" once it has set up

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

  • Re-melt the balance of the coloured white soap mixture ready to pour over the top
  • Spray the surface with alcohol and then pour a thin layer over a few of the cavities and place 3 beans into the liquid soap overpour

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

  •  Continue with the overpour and coffee beans until they are all finished

Espresso Coffee Cubes Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

 

  • When finished allow several hours, or preferably overnight to set up
  • To unmould, carefully release the airlock in the out sides of the cube cavities and then invert the mould. 
  • Press the heel of your hand on the base of the mould and the soap will begin to release down and you can take out each cube
  • Wrap as usual

 
If using the "Add to the trolley," Stephenson SLES & SLS FREE Crystal Clear and WSLES & SLS FREE Crystal White Soap Bases are included, but if you prefer you can switch to your preferred base in the trolley.