If you’re going to wake up and smell the coffee, you might as well go all out and incorporate the coffee into every aspect of your morning. I know you’ve got the drinkable coffee bit handled (and if you don’t I’m afraid I can’t be of much help), so I’m going to introduce you to latté soap/shampoo. Now you can have coffee in the shower without worrying about watering it down or getting scalding coffee burns in awkward places.

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Because I wanted milk and coffee swirls, this soap got tricky. This is because the coffee and the milk would usually be the bases of the soaps, not add-ins. They’re what you mix the lye into. So I could make two separate batches of soap, and combine them in the mould. Or, I could not. What a pain in the butt.

Whole milk powder and white kaolin clay.

Whole milk powder and white kaolin clay.

So, a quick work-around was in need, and it appeared in the form of powdered milk and instant coffee, because I could add powders after dividing the final, traced batch into halves. Then I could swirl everything together, and it would be wonderful!

Instant coffee and course rhassoul clay, for the coffee part.

Instant coffee and course rhassoul clay, for the coffee part.

I also added clay, for it’s general awesomeness. I mixed white kaolin clay into the milk half of the soap, and brown rhassoul into the coffee half. The general rule of thumb when adding clay to soap is 1 tbsp per 500g of oils, so you’ll need to split that amount between the two kinds of clay.

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Latté Shampoo

30% olive oil
20% castor oil
25% coconut oil
15% tallow or lard (why?)
10% shea butter

Per 1kg (2.2lbs) oils:

Follow my basic soap making instructions. You’ll want a fairly light trace, something just a bit thicker than coffee (though I found this recipe thickened quite quickly—if it decides you’re not getting a thin trace, just be sure to do some good swirling in the mould with your spatula). Add the essential oils to the entire batch and then divide it in two. To one, add the milk powder and kaolin clay, and to the other add the rhassoul and the coffee powder.

Swirl together in your prepared mould, let set for 24 hours, slice, and age. Voila!

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