anti-garlic or kitchen bar

This Anti-Garlic or Kitchen soap bar recipe is known by other names as Fisherman’s Bar, Odor Remover, Coffee Soap, Coffee Scrub Bar, or Odor Eliminator Bar. What they all have in common is ground coffee beans and a scent, both known to remove odors from hands or all over. I first came up with this bar when I was attending a Garlic Festival and they wanted something ‘garlic’. Yes, there was someone there with an actual garlic soap, yuck, but I went with an anti-garlic soap which became the best-selling bar at that event.

L-R: Egyptian Musk, Anit-Garlic, Mocha Latte, and Sandalwood

The odor-eating Anti-Garlic or Kitchen soap bar recipe:

  • Basic #2 recipe:
  • 51.2 oz Olive oil or an Olive/Canola blend
  • 6.2 oz coconut oil
  • 6.2 oz Palm oil
  • 23.4 oz water
  • 8.6 oz lye crystals
  • for this scented bar, add:
  • 3 T ground coffee beans
  • 3 T mocha latte FO or other scent

To make this an all-natural anti-garlic or kitchen soap bar recipe, try using anise essential oil, which is an odor-eating essential oil that smells like licorice. I made mine with the fragrance of mocha latte, so it smelled like a delicious coffee and would go well in a kitchen. Mocha latte is not natural, but lavender, pine, and peppermint are natural oils that contain odor-eliminating properties. I would consider the proposed use of the bar to indicate which scent may work. For instance, if you are making soap for a fishing resort, men may not want a lavender-scented soap.

The following kitchen bar is scented with lemongrass and contains ground coffee beans. This scent would work very well in a kitchen, very pretty too, and the labeling is very nicely done.

This bar is similar in its use of ground coffee beans as well and is nicely scented with rosemary and lemon essential oils.

About the ground coffee beans. If you use coffee grounds that have not been used for coffee, there are 2 things to consider. First is that 3 TBSP of this dry coffee contains a lot more particles than if you were using previously used ground coffee. Second, is that not used ground coffee beans have a lot of tinting power and will turn your soap a medium brown color, which is good if that’s what you want. I like to use previously used ground coffee so that my soap has a light to medium tan color.

There are a lot of good uses for coffee and/or those used coffee grounds, get tons of coffee recycling info here.

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