05 September 2018

Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Soap With Whipped Melt and Pour Icing

These pumpkin spice latte soaps look like a little cup of coffee complete with a whipped cream topping.

I may be a little bit pumpkin spice obsessed.  As I was making my editorial calendar for fall, I was brainstorming new ideas.  

I made a pumpkin spice latte melt and pour soap recipe last year that was really popular.  Then I thought, what if I made a soap that looked like a PSL?

And don't forget to make yourself a skinny pumpkin spice latte to sip on while you make this adorable soap.  



I thought about it for a few days and finally decided how I was going to make it.  I was going to use clear melt and pour soap for the coffee and white for the top, but I really wanted it to look like whipped cream.

You can whip soap that you make with lye, but I wasn't sure how to whip a melt and pour.  I figured that out, and I love how it turned out!

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE SHAPED COFFEE SOAP WITH WHIPPED MELT AND POUR ICING


You'll make this soap in two parts.  First, you make the Essence of Pumpkin Pie coffee cup part of the soap, then you make the whipped topping.


COFFEE SOAP


I followed my basic recipe for coffee soap.  I used 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds per pound of soap.  I just use my regular coffee.  

I did not use a suspension base because my supplier doesn't carry it.  I've found that I don't need it if I let the soap cool before pouring.  If you pour when it's really hot, the grounds will sink to the bottom, so be sure to let it cool before pouring.

Coffee is a great natural exfoliant.  It also covers smells, so I like to use coffee soap in the kitchen.

ESSENTIAL OILS


For the scent, I used a new EO blend called Essence of Pumpkin Pie blend.  I asked the owner of Crafty Bubbles to make me a blend to use this year because it's easier than blending it myself.  I figured this would be way easier for my readers too.

You can get a set of three bottles on Amazon with free shipping.  Or order direct from Crafty Bubbles.  It's brand new, so it's not in their catalog.  Just email or call them to order it.

It's a blend of:

  • Cinnamon 
  • Clove
  • Vanilla
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger




Crafty Bubbles just released a four pack of holiday essential oil blends. It has pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, candy cane, and gingerbread.



HOW TO WHIP MELT AND POUR SOAP



In order to whip melt and pour soap, you need to make it softer.  You can do that by adding vegetable glycerin to it.

Melt and pour already has glycerin in it, but the extra that you add makes it softer.  You can then whip it before it sets up.  I think it looks just like whipped cream!

The possibilities are endless for you to experiment now that you know how to do it.

CHECKING TEMPERATURE


I used to use a candy thermometer to check the temperature of my melt and pour soap, but now I use a laser thermometer.  You just pout it at the soap, click a button, and you have the temperature.

I prefer it because I don't have to clean it like I do a thermometer.  I can also use it for my heat press, so it serves double duty.

If you make a lot of melt and pour soap, it's handy to have.  Since I don't use a suspension base, I let the soap cool until about 90-100 degrees before I pour. I also use it to make sure I add the essential oils or fragrance oils at about 120 degrees so they don't burn off.  

INGREDIENTS


FOR THE COFFEE CUP SOAP

FOR THE WHIPPED TOPPING SOAP


  • 8 ounces white melt and pour soap (I use Crafty Bubbles, but this one works)
  • 4 tablespoons glycerin
  • hand mixer with whisk attachment

DIRECTIONS


STEP #1  


You'll start by making the coffee soap first.  I melted a pound of clear melt and pour soap in the microwave.  Cut it into 1 inch cubes and microwave a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup at 30 second intervals until melted.  Stir between intervals.  

Once it's melted, let it cool until a thin film forms on the top.  Then quickly add 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds and 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie essential oil. 





STEP #2


Stir well and pour into paper cups.  I used 3-ounce cups and only poured about 2/3 full.  I just eyeballed them to get them almost even.  One pound of soap will fill 8 cups about 2/3 full.  

Set aside and let cool completely.  I let mine sit for an hour before moving to the next step.



STEP #3


Note that I took my photos for a smaller batch, so I used a 2-cup measuring cup.  It was still too small.  I wouldn't use anything smaller than a quart sized measuring cup or bowl for the next step.  

To make the icing, melt 8 ounces of white melt and pour soap in the microwave.  Add the glycerin and stir.  Let it sit until it reaches 90 degrees or until it looks like slime.  

The use a whisk attachment on a hand mixer to whip it up.  This will take about two to four minutes.  It should look like whipped cream or icing at this point.



STEP #4


I didn't get a photo of the next step because it was really messy.

Spray the top of the set up coffee soap with rubbing alcohol so the two soaps stick together.  

You can pipe the whipped melt and pour soap on top of the coffee soap, but I just spooned it on and used my fingers to smoosh it down and make sure it stuck to the coffee soap.  

I sprinkled nutmeg on top to look like a real pumpkin spice latte.  

Let cool completely before unmolding.  


The whipped topping on mine didn't fully harden, so I'm not sure that I'd ship these soaps, but they do look adorable sitting on a counter or in the shower.

I wish I you could see how cool the bottom looks in person.  It's clear, so you can see the coffee grounds floating.  It looks really cute in person.

Not ready to make it yourself?  Buy handmade pumpkin spice latte soap on Etsy.  




Pumpkin Spice Latte Soap






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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.