Give your skin and natural soap a caffeine boost! :kissing:

Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans

Most of us think of coffee as a pick-me-up, a drink to energize us and get us going in the morning. And most of us love and appreciate the taste and aroma of coffee. Green unroasted coffee beans are one of the most-traded agricultural commodities and coffee is one of the most-consumed beverages all over the globe. Have you ever tried it in natural soap?

Would it surprise you to learn that coffee is also a wonderful pick-me-up for your skin and hair?

Coffee comes from the seeds, or “beans”, of the coffee plant. The beans are found in the coffee cherries, or “berries”, growing on trees in more than 70 countries around the globe, primarily in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. In fact, the stimulating effects of coffee were first discovered in Ethiopia in the 15th Century.

Blue Mountain Mocha natural soap

Blue Mountain Mocha soap

As you would expect, we at Blue Mountain Soapworks only use one of the world’s finest coffees, Jamaica Blue Mountain® coffee, in our delightful Blue Mountain Mocha natural soap!! Jamaica Blue Mountain® is made exclusively from the Arabica bean and is renowned as one of the best and most flavorful coffees in the world. We use both the brewed coffee and coffee grounds along with cocoa powder and vanilla to handcraft this delightful Jamaican natural soap. And the coffee aroma is natural – no fragrances are added.

So what does coffee in natural soap do for our skin?

Coffee in natural soap is wonderful for any skin type, from dry to oily to acne-prone to sensitive skin. Coffee in natural soap can:

  • Exfoliate your skin – New skin cells are created in the dermis, the lower layer of our skin. The new cells eventually work themselves to the surface but, as we age, the process slows down and becomes uneven, giving our skin a dry, rough look. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells on the surface of our skin to reveal the newer skin underneath. Coffee is a very effective natural exfoliant in natural soap. Coffee grounds are gritty enough yet not abrasive, so they exfoliate gently. Natural soap containing coffee makes a great scrubbing soap for both body and face and will help you achieve smoother, better-looking skin. It is also great for men because it helps expose hair follicles, allowing for a better shave and preventing ingrown hairs. Because exfoliation can dry the skin, we put wonderful oils and shea butter in our natural soap to keep it moisturized. Why spend your money on expensive chemical peels or products to exfoliate when you can use our Blue Mountain Mocha soap instead?!!
  • Fight acne, eczema and psoriasis – The natural oil in coffee contains enzymes that detoxify, cleanse and help unclog pores, making it ideal for treating acne, eczema and other skin problems. Coffee oil is very similar to our natural body oils and has the same PH level as human skin. Your skin will absorb the oils in this natural soap, giving it a soft and silky feel.
  • Reduce skin redness – The caffeine in coffee has the ability to constrict blood vessels (vasoconstrictor), making it very useful in natural soap for those who suffer from rosacea and skin redness. It will even out your skin tone. It can also help minimize the appearance of tiny “spider” veins on the skin.
  • Reduce under-eye puffiness – While it may not get rid of those dark circles under your eyes (which are often hereditary), the anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine in coffee help minimize under-eye redness and inflammation. It also helps prevent the build-up of blood under your eyes which contributes to those dark circles. You may discover it as an ingredient in many eye creams.
  • Absorb odors – When we cook, our hands absorb the unpleasant odors of pungent foods like garlic, onion, hot peppers, fish, etc. Keep this delightful natural soap on hand in your kitchen! It will remove all of these, and other, nasty odors from your skin. It really works! (Tip: Place a bowl of coffee grounds mixed with a little vanilla in your fridge to absorb unwanted smells.)
  • Add shine to your hair – There are some nourishing oils in coffee beans. They help retain moisture levels in hair (and skin). Wash your hair with our Blue Mountain Mocha natural soap bar, rinse, and enjoy softer, shinier hair.
  • Prevent sun & cell damage – Our cells and tissues are constantly under attack from excessive amounts of free radicals. Free radical damage is a known contributor to the premature aging of our skin, along with acne, eczema and other problems. Our bodies naturally fight off free radical damage with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, and polyphenols, such as those found in green tea. The coffee cherry, the fruit of the coffee plant, has gained attention for its powerful antioxidant properties. Promising research studies have shown that the antioxidants in topical cream or solutions (and natural soap!) containing coffee/caffeine may prevent sun (UV) damage, or repair it if it has already occurred. In fact, extracts from the coffee cherry may even be three times stronger as an antioxidant than green tea (an antioxidant powerhouse)!
  • Get rid of cellulite? – Recent studies show that coffee/caffeine applied to the skin may tighten and firm skin, reducing cellulite! Researchers in Brazil at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (2007) and the Universidade de São Paulo (2008) found that the application of skin cream and solutions containing caffeine significantly reduced the size of cellulite cells by 17%. Caffeine apparently dehydrates fat cells by energizing them which causes the elimination of water and the sodium/potassium component of the cells. By massaging and rubbing the areas with natural soap containing coffee, the fat cells break up and the lumps and bumps of cellulite decrease. The end result is smoother skin.
  • Lift your mood – Last, but certainly not least, is the spectacular natural aroma of coffee! The aroma relaxes us and clears our minds. Just the smell can lift our energy or mood. Smelling coffee is also known to reduce nausea.

How many natural products can boast of all these benefits? And you can get them all by bathing with a product such as our Blue Mountain Mocha natural soap handcrafted in Jamaica by Blue Mountain Soapworks. Beautify your skin with coffee! Your skin will look lovely and smell great too!

Go Green for Better Skin & Hair Care!

date25 Apr

We will be open for business beginning Tuesday, February 8th, 2011!! :tongue:

We’re still getting things up & running, but we expect to be open for your shopping enjoyment most afternoons between at least 12:00 Noon and 5:00 PM beginning Tuesday, February 8, 2011. You may find us there earlier some days and we may stay open later now & then. Please stop in and visit us!

If you want to confirm that we’ll be there when you come, please email us at and we’ll get right back to you with an answer!

In case you don’t know where to find Long Bay, we are in Portland Parish on the northeast coast of Jamaica not far from Port Antonio, the Blue Lagoon and Frenchman’s Cove, between Manchioneal and Boston Bay (stop & eat some delicious jerk!). You really can’t miss us. We’re right on the main road (A4), across from the spectacular beach, and very near Chill Out Restaurant & Bar. Check out our map:

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date1 Feb

Whole Heap a Tea Tree Oil Soap – Try some today!

Troubled by acne, skin bumps, eczema, athlete’s foot, dandruff, bug bites (like mosquitoes or those pesky sand flies, a.k.a. “no-see-ums”)?? Why not give our Whole Heap a Tea Tree Oil soap a try? You’ll be glad you did!

Tea Tree essential oil is an amazing oil that comes from the Malaleuca alternifolia, the Tea Tree, a small tree native to Australia. The oil is distilled from its leaves. It has remarkable antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial and fungicidal properties, making it an excellent natural treatment for acne, skin bumps, bug bites, cuts, fungus, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and much more. When used as a shampoo bar, it can also help keep away head lice and may reduce dandruff. It has been used by aboriginal natives for centuries to cure nearly every skin ailment you can imagine. Wow! What a fantastic oil!

Yes, tea tree oil has a rather strong & spicy scent that people either love or hate. So we add Cajeput essential oil (from another Australian tree) to make the aroma a bit more woodsy. In the same family as the tea tree, Cajeput also adds antiseptic and antibacterial properties. When I’m in Jamaica, tea tree oil has been the ONLY product I’ve found that calms the itching & burning of my sand fly bites, so I can easily overlook the scent! Anyway, the aroma does dissipate quickly but I’ve actually grown to love it for the fabulous things it does for my skin!

Used externally (such as in soap), tea tree oil can benefit your skin in so many wonderful ways:

  • helps eliminate some of the ugliest bacterial infections and combats body odor (anti-bacterial)
  • protects wounds, boils, sores, cuts, insect bites/stings, & acne from infection; helps heal quickly; reduces itching; diminishes scar marks (antiseptic, cicatrisant)
  • kills & keeps away insects like mosquitoes, sand flies, fleas, lice, etc. and certain microbes & parasites responsible for tropical fevers, malaria etc. (anti-microbial and insecticidal)
  • help combat viral infections like common cold, influenza, mumps, measles, etc.; removes toxins, moistens skin, opens pores & keeps the body cool (anti-viral)
  • inhibits fungus & may help heal psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm & athlete’s foot (fungicidal)
  • helps remedy dandruff & scalp problems when used on the hair
  • helps relieve pain from arthritis & rheumatism when massaged into skin

:w00t: :silly: It’s hard to find anything better than tea tree oil, direct from Mother Nature!

Our Whole Heap a Tea Tree Oil soap is made with a combination of all-natural olive, coconut, palm, sunflower and soy oils, along with wonderful shea butter, which attracts and holds moisture close to your skin, making it fantastic for people with dry or sensitive skin. It can be used as shampoo, face wash, hand and body soap, laundry soap and shaving lather. Be good to your skin – try some today!

Order full-size bars (US$4.25) here or half-size (guest) bars (US $2.75) here. And you might like to try our Bath Fountain Spa Eucalyptus, Hemp & Tea Tree bars if you love the added aroma of eucalyptus as much as we do!

date27 Jan

YES, we are currently manufacturing our delightful Blue Mountain Soapworks natural handcrafted soaps in Long Bay, Portland, Jamaica, and they are all available here on the website and ready to ship to you! Take a look around – maybe you’ll find something you just can’t live without!

Our “real” shop in Long Bay, however, will not be ready to open to the general public until early this year (2011), but here’s a new photo of the shop with custom artwork by Portland artist, Art Katapul!! Doesn’t it look great?!

We hosted our 1st Annual Holiday Craft Fair at the shop on December 18th and are now setting up the large space to make it inviting for visitors. We’ll let you know very soon about the Grand Opening,

date13 Jan

Blue Mountain Soapworks is our new friends-and-family business located in Long Bay, Portland, Jamaica, West Indies, at the foot of the spectacular Blue Mountains. If you are discovering Blue Mountain Soapworks for the very first time, be prepared for your skin to fall in love!!

It’s here in Jamaica that we create our handmade soaps & luxurious body delights using the extremely soft and abundant Portland rainwaters along with natural vegetable, fruit and nut oils & butters as the base for our cold process soaps. Many local herbs and spices provide color and texture, while essential oils enhance the aroma of each bar.

Our business began after a lot of reading and research about both the art & science of soap making and the traditional “bush medicines” of Jamaica. Bush medicine first flourished in Jamaica among slaves imported from Africa. It was later developed by the Maroons, a fierce band of runaway slaves whose descendants still live in remote Blue Mountain settlements. The island’s lush landscape and tropical climate is ideal for growing herbs, and today Jamaica is home to more than 300 varieties of medicinal plants!

We think the products you put on your body should be as pure as what you put in it. Our soaps may come in many wonderful hues, but you could say our Natural, Organic soaps are definitely “green”!! We add none of the parabens (things that start with methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, butyl-, isobutyl-) that you’ll find in so many commercial soaps. We use no synthetic or unnatural preservatives or petroleum products in our soaps, and we only test our products on our friends and family, never on animals! With the exception of our Goat’s Milk soaps, all our soaps are also vegan.

We believe in using chemical-free, biodegradable, pure, safe and organic herbs, oils & other products. That is why our first choices are “Certified Organic” products from reliable local and international sources. A “Certified Organic” product means that the producer of the product has followed the guidelines provided by the certifying agency governing the area, whether that be in Jamaica, the U.S. or another country. From the field to the producer to the handler, all parties must be certified in order to be able to call their product truly organic. If it’s not certified, it may not really be organic.

When we can’t get a Certified Organic product, we use oils (or solid butters) and herbs from sources that sensibly wild-harvest their products or, at the very least, grow them without chemicals and pesticides. Wild-harvesting basically means to forage in the wild, taking only what’s necessary, and replanting or reseeding the harvested area. Wild-harvesting helps prevent the over-harvesting that causes our plants to become endangered or extinct. Native peoples had a seven-generation philosophy, meaning they ensured enough plants would be left after harvest to supply the following seven generations.

We are also committed to using “Fair Trade” products whenever possible. “Fair Trade” is a movement of individuals and organizations working to ensure that disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world are getting fair prices for their commodities, even prices that they themselves set. As an example, countless women in West Africa work daily to produce quality organic Shea Butter, yet they receive less than a penny of the final retail value. In fact, the average woman will be paid less than $1.00 for a full days work. “Fair Trade” organizations work diligently to combat this and we support them.

Our soap is prepared in small batches. Each batch is sliced into individual bars and allowed to cure for several weeks. After drying, each bar is examined for quality, labeled, and prepared for sale. Slight variations in size and color can be expected. Our soaps are then minimally wrapped to reduce waste.

Blue Mountain Soapworks’ other products are created with the same care and commitment to quality as our soaps, using natural ingredients and enriching them with essential oils and botanicals that nourish your skin. We hope to add more wonderful body delights as we make progress, so check back here often.

We hope you enjoy using our soaps and body delights as much as we enjoy creating them for you! Customer satisfaction is very important to us. Your suggestions and comments are always welcome.

So, feed your skin and delight your senses today with products from Blue Mountain Soapworks!!

date3 Aug