DIY Coffee and Vanilla Soap From Used Coffee Grounds

This easy upcycling project will turn your old coffee grinds that were previously destined for the bin, into your own boutique fragrance. We love the smell of coffee mixed with vanilla and find these bars offer a real pick-me-up in the morning shower.

These soaps are seriously easy to make. They exfoliate and deodorize, leaving skin nice and healthy. The caffeine in the coffee is also scientifically proved to invigorate skin and reduce wrinkles.

Read on for the direction on how to make your own soap from coffee grinds.

What You’ll Need:

  • 230 grams glycerin soap1
  • 1/4 cup used coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or any essential oils of your choosing
  • 1 teaspoon powdered milk (optional)
  • Coconut oil


  • Make a double boiler by filling a small saucepan with about an inch of water, then place the metal or glass bowl and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Add the glycerin soap to the bowl and let it melt completely while stirring occasionally. This should take a couple of minutes.
  • Once the soap is completely liquid, add the powdered milk. This is optional but we find it gives the soap a bit of substance, an a slightly more creamy texture. Add the add the vanilla/essential oil and add around 25grams of the coffee grounds into the bowl. You can also add some coconut oil here to make your soap a little gentler on the skin.
  • While the soap is melting, lightly grease four rounds of a muffin tin with coconut oil and place a small spoonful of coffee grounds at the base of each once. You can add more or less here based on how abrasive you want the soap to feel.
  • Now carefully ladle the soap into the muffin tin, filling to the top of each round. Give the mixture a little stir while it sets to incorporate the coffee. Allow the soaps to cool for several hours.. Once they’ve completely hardened, pop the bars of soap out of the molds. Wrap them in parchment paper for the perfect gift for coffee lovers!

For other creative ideas on what to do with your used coffee grinds checkout our blog post 6 CREATIVE WAYS TO RECYCLE USED COFFEE GROUNDS AT HOME.

1 Glycerin soap is what most hotel mini-soap bars are made from (yes, we know you’ve been hoarding them). You can find also larger unscented blocks of glycerin soap at your local grocery or craft store.

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