I shared my Cream of Tomato Basil soap yesterday, experimenting with goat milk. Today, I’m sharing my experiment using tea as a base.
You actually brew tea and use it in place of water in the recipe. Green Tea is a great antioxidant on the outside of the body as well as inside. Think of all the possibilities! I was excited to use flavored teas in my baking; my next experiment will be to use them soaping — I wonder if the smell will last through the lye process? My thoughts are “probably not”, but I will see!
Back to the Green Tea Experiment — just like milk, tea will become darker when combined with the lye. Lye creates so much heat, it’s a brewer or a cooker when mixed with a liquid. I used room temperature tea and it was tar black when I mixed the lye/tea mixture into the oils. I was starting to think of soap names that began with Chocolate, maybe I needed to head to the cocoa and not the tea bag for additives!
But it had lightened up by the time heavy trace was reached. Looking better!
And by the time the cook was complete, it had lightened to a pretty “Tea” color. I was back to “Tea” names.
Adding sugar as an additive will add softening and a mild exfoliate, so it was a good addition to make this a Sweet Tea. For the Lemon, I used Turmeric for a natural yellow color and ground lemon peel for flecks of yellow throughout. And for visual appeal for the Tea, I added in green tea leaves.
I have some essential oils I wanted to use that would still keep it a natural soap, but there are some who do not care for smells. So I divided this batch into two. Half with Lemongrass, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils plus the additives, half with just the additives.
I am very much in love with this soap. It is uplifting, conditioning, and the exfoliates aren’t rough at all. It lathers up nicely and rinses off without leaving a slippery or dry feeling.
The final color came out well, I am happy with it, but I will try frozen tea with the next batch to see if that makes a difference.
Here's the full recipe and printable!
Sweet Lemon Green Tea | 2# 5% Superfat
- Hot Process Bar
- Trace Time:
- Cook Time:
- Water – 12.16 oz (344.73 g)
- Lye – 4.42 oz (125.18 g)
- Coconut Oil – 7.36 oz (208.65 g)
- Grapeseed Oil – 4.8 oz (136.08 g)
- Castor Oil – 3.2 oz (90.72 g)
- Crisco, new w/palm – 10.88 oz (308.44 g)
- Olive Oil Pomace – 5.76 oz (163.29 g)
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Green Tea, loose
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Peel, ground
- 1 teaspoon Lemongrass EO
- 1/4 teaspoon Lavender EO
- 1/4 teaspoon Tea Tree EO
- Replace water with brewed Green Tea