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– It is summer and that means I have time to complete several DIY projects. Today I am hooking up with Jen over at Subscription Box Ramblings to share a special gift for the special men in our lives on Father’s Day. Shortly, I am going to add a DIY Home and a DIY Kids section at the top of my webpage and start linking my recipes and crafts. I especially enjoyed creating these homemade “Man Soaps” with my daughter B. Little ones love to feel like they are giving a gift, and she is very proud of these boxes.
– My Coffee and a Soak Father’s Day Box includes a bag of Starbucks Espresso Roast, some type of manly sponge or loofah, a gift card, a Father’s Day Card and of course our homemade Man Soap- Chocolate Peppermint Mocha and Almond Latte with a Kick (of Ginger). This recipe will make twelve square shape soaps, but I am sure you can adapt it to fit any mold.
– For this project I went to Amazon.com and purchased:
2lb Shea Butter Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base ($11.75)
Allforhome 6 Cavities Square Silicone Soap/Cake Mold ($6.88).
You will also need:
Almond Latte with a Kick (of Ginger)
Almond Extract (1/2 tsp or a little more for scent)
Ginger (1 TBSP)
Any 1/2 cup of non-used coffee grounds. I used the Starbucks Espresso featured above.
Chocolate Peppermint Mocha
Peppermint Extract 1 tsp or more
Ginger (1 TBSP)
After Eight Chocolate Mint Coffee 1/3 cup
Prepare your ingredients ahead of time. I started with the Almond Latte Soap Recipe. I want to give credit to the author of A Cultivated Nest, the almond ginger soap is adapted from her recipe that I found on Pinterest.
– Use 1lb of Shea butter for each recipe. Cut the butter into 1inch by 1 inch cubes. I just cut them down for size and actually forgot on the second recipe. As long as you keep stirring it does not really matter, Stephenson’s Shea Butter melts nicely. I peeled off the ginger skin and placed it in my Cuisinart Food Processor. I then went ahead and measured out (2) 1/4 cups of coffee grounds so I did not add it all at once and 1 TBSP of minced ginger.
TIP: Practice pouring into your molds ahead of time using whatever pan will use to melt down your butter. Get used to how it feels and how off center it is when you pour. I ran into a bit of a problem with my first batch as it went too fast or missed the squares. I fixed it by using a knife but you will notice my second batch came out much more even.
– To melt the Shea Butter, put the blocks in a stove top pan over medium high heat. Stir regularly, especially the more it is melted.
– Once the butter had melted, wait 4-5 minutes and let it cool. If you do not wait, you run the risk of melting your coffee grounds. Add extract, ginger and slowly add your coffee. Pour into your molds and let sit for 2 hours before you remove.
– The first soap as you can see did not come out as even because I did not practice pouring. It also is darker because more coffee was used and it was a dark espresso. I love how the Chocolate Peppermint Mocha had a dark layer on the bottom. I think the color contrasts are nice.
– I recycled subscription boxes and packaging for presentation. I really am happy with the final result. I shared this on Face Book and a friend even offered to purchase some boxes if I was selling (that made my night). Hopefully the men in my life will be as pleased.
What do you think of our Coffee and a Soak Father’s Day Gift Box?