These how to make coffee oil instructions are simple and easy to follow at home so you can create a great oil for your DIY hair and skin formulations.
I covered coffee oil in great detail in How to Use Coffee Oil. In this article, I’ll be breaking down three methods for DIY coffee oil plus tips to get the most out of your homemade coffee oil.
Coffee oil is produced from the beans of the coffee arabica plant. The oil can be made from green coffee beans or roasted coffee beans.
You can also create an amazing infused coffee oil right at home with just 2 – 3 ingredients I share in this article.
There’s a handy how-to card at the end for you to print and have on hand when you’re ready to make your coffee oil.
How To Make Coffee Oil – Cold Infusion Method
The cold infusion method doesn’t require any heat but it takes longer for the coffee oil preparation.
You need 4 tablespoons of lightly ground roasted or green coffee beans and carrier oil of choice. I recommend olive oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil.
For a detailed breakdown of the cold infusion method for coffee oil, head over to How to Use Coffee Oil.
How To Make Coffee Oil – Hot Infusion Method
The hot infusion method uses gentle heat to produce the coffee-infused oil.
You need 4 oz of good quality lightly ground roasted coffee beans, 4 cups of a suitable carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil, and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
Step 1 – Set Up Equipment
Measure the coffee beans into a slow cooker then pour the carrier oil over it. Stir the mixture around until the coffee beans are thoroughly immersed in the oil.
Step 2 – Turn on Heat
Turn the slow cooker to low heat and set it aside. Let the infusion simmer for 6 – 8 hours but give it a stir every hour.
Step 3 – Strain Coffee Oil
At the end of the time recommended, strain the coffee-infused oil through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Press with a spoon or spatula to get all the oil out of the strainer.
Step 4 – Store Coffee Oil
Store the coffee oil in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use the infused coffee oil.
Use the leftover coffee grounds for compost if you have a garden or in a body scrub recipe.
How To Make Coffee Oil – Double Boiler Method
The double boiler method is a cross between the cold infusion and hot infusion method.
You need a double boiler, 4 oz of good quality lightly ground roasted coffee beans, 4 cups of suitable carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil, and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
Step 1 – Heat Up Water
Heat up 2 cups of water in a saucepan then place a double boiler over the hot water.
Step 2 – Combine Coffee Beans and Oil
Reduce the heat to a minimum then pour the ground coffee beans and carrier oil into the double boiler. Stir with the spatula.
Step 3 – Simmer Infusion
Simmer the mix for about 1 hour. Keep an eye on it to make sure the water doesn’t evaporate completely.
Step 4 – Strain Coffee Oil Infusion
Remove double boiler from the stove after an hour then set aside to cool. Once cool, strain infusion using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
Pour into a squeeze cap bottle and add the vitamin E oil. Variations on the carrier oil used for this infused coffee oil recipe include:-
- Sesame oil, jojoba oil, or plain castor oil if using for hair growth
- Avocado oil, hemp seed oil, or macadamia nut oil if using for dry skin
- Chia seed oil, calendula oil, or marula oil if using for sensitive skin
- Sunflower oil, safflower oil, or kiwifruit seed oil for all other skin types
Difference Between Cold Infused and Hot Infused Coffee Oil
There is no major difference in the efficacy of cold-infused coffee oil and hot-infused coffee oil.
The only difference is the processing method used and the time required to get your coffee oil.
The results are the same and they both work effectively for beauty purposes.
Commercial Coffee Infused Oil
Don’t want to make coffee oil? You can buy coffee-infused oil from independent artisans on Etsy. Some great recommendations for this include:-
Ground Coffee Recommendations
Below are great recommendations for organic ground roasted coffee that will work well with this recipe:-
Tools Required for Coffee Oil Recipe
- Slow cooker or double boiler
- Small saucepan
- Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- Medium-sized cosmetic jar
- Silicone spatula
- Large squeeze cap bottle
For more DIY infused oils, have a look at our DIY beauty archives.
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