Coffee and Cocao Christmas Soap
November 3, 2015
Yes Christmas is just around the corner. It is time to stop frowning at those bringing it to your attention because it will be here before we know it. At this time of year Christmas is a frightening thought for me as it reminds me how much needs to happen between now and then. It is also the last year my littlest boy will be at home before he starts school. A new phase of his and our lives. The approach of Christmas inevitably leads to the question “where has the year gone?..” I don’t know about you but I rarely want the year to reach the end.
This recipe is my way of leading you gently into the period of giving. Each year we like to make teacher gifts. Last year it was my gorgeous Panforte recipe. We will most certainly be making that again this year, in fact it kind of inspired this recipe. Coffee and chocolate are requirements over the festive period for me and are ingredients in the Panforte. I love using coffee in skincare. The smell is amazing, and provides a nice boost at the start of the day. Coffee also features in this Body Scrub recipe.
If you are planning on making this soap, or another version as a Christmas gift this year you will need to get started in the coming weeks. It takes a little time to cure (harden). The harder the soap, the longer it will last.
Before you begin this recipe you need to read this beginner guide to soap making post I wrote. Soap making with unsuitable equipment and without application of safety precautions is a dangerous activity. It will just take a few minutes to read and note the safety requirements. It is not difficult if you follow the instructions carefully.
To make this soap you will need:
This is my recipe for Coffee and Cocao Christmas Soap:
Wear protective gloves, eyewear and shoes when making soap.
If the lye mixture gets on your skin, or the bench it will burn so cover the bench or area you are working in to prevent damage.
***Read this post PRIOR to starting if you are not a regular soap maker.***
Here are some other ideas of things we have previously made for teacher gifts and Christmas presents for friends if you are not up for soap making:
What are you making for teacher gifts this year?
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