You Knead This DIY Coffee Exfoliating Soap

That one time when the UPS man knocked on the door and I answered it wearing an egg white and coffee grounds mask and scared the caffeine right out of him, was not only indicative of how weird I am, but was also the softest and most refreshed my skin has ever felt.

Then that other time, I was searching for Christmas crafts to make as gifts and stocking-stuffers and came across this basic coffee soap. It is tailored toward men, and had no beauty benefits other than the coffee grounds, so I adapted it and my skin has NEVER felt better or more glowing! It was all made with ingredients that I had in the house, and my boyfriend uses it on his face too so it definitely WILL make a great stocking-stuffer for men!

The coffee grounds not only smell WONDERFUL, but the grounds will act as an exfoliant and anti-ageing benefit. By washing away a layer of dead skin cells, your face will feel soft and cleaner than ever. The caffeine actually awakens and perks up your skin by improving circulation, which will remove excess water from skin and make it appear firmer and tighter (smaller pores and anti-wrinkle!). 

I began by freshly coarse-grinding coffee beans (with amazing coffee I bought in Seattle!), and using my French Press to make the coffee. I used bottled water which I think makes a big difference when 1. you're drinking the coffee so you want to use good chlorine and fluoride-free water, and 2. you're putting it on your face and it is getting absorbed into your skin & pores, so the less weird chemicals and dirt the better - NO TAP WATER!

After I drank the coffee to get my day started, I busted out the Jojoba (and no, that's not your annoying neighborhood Gungan) which has AMAZING skin benefits. The coffee grounds will help reduce puffiness and swelling, while the Jojoba oil will add moisture to your skin.



  • about 1/3 cup (or 6 tbsp) used coffee grounds
  • 2 tsp Jojoba oil + extra for greasing
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla extract
  • about 1 cup (or 8 oz) of Glycerin (I used about 10 cubes of olive oil glycerin - you can get this at any craft store like Michael's or Joann's)
  • small saucepan (for double boiler)
  • small glass or metal bowl (I used a glass measuring cup sitting on a cooling rack so that I could just pour it right from there without using a ladle)
  • muffin tin


First get the glycerin melting, and for this you'll need to double boil it. You can heat up water in a small saucepan, and then put your glass bowl of glycerin cubes on top of it (not touching the water, but allowing the steam to heat up the bowl instead of direct flame). Or what I did was get a small pan of water, put my small cooling rack on top of that, and then used a glass measuring cup (covered) on top of that. That was easier for me to just pour in the soap instead of having to spoon it out. Double boil over medium/high heat, but make sure you keep an eye on your saucepan and refill  with more hot water when necessary or it will evaporate away.

While your soap is melting (stirring it once in a while), use the Jojoba oil to grease 5 cups of your muffin pan. Then fill those 5 cups with about a tablespoon of coffee grounds on the bottom of each cup.

Once your glycerin has melted all the way, and while it is still over heat, add 2 tsp of Jojoba oil and 1 tsp of vanilla to the glycerin and keep stirring until the heat makes it as smooth as possible, and then add the rest of your coffee grounds and stir. 

Pour (or ladle) your soap into the muffin cups and let sit for at least a few hours until hardened. I used a butterknife to get the soap out of the cups.


I ended up putting a LOT of coffee grounds in this because I wanted it to be a little rougher, and what happened was, there ended up being a smooth side and a coarse side. I lather my whole face with the smooth side and then I gently go over my larger pore areas with the coarse side. Then I message my face with my fingers or with a gentle exfoliating sponge.

Stay tuned for my amazing Lemon-Thyme Face Toner that I have been using for years as as a brightening and clearing agent. Followed by my DIY face moisturizer!