DSC06865Sweet Lemon Green Tea Homemade Soap

Posted by Cindy 12 comments

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)

Additives (optional)

  • 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

Variations (optional)

  1. Replace water with brewed Green Tea

See all my Soap Recipes!

12 thoughts on “Sweet Lemon Green Tea Homemade Soap

  1. KentuckyFarmGirl

    OH!!! You keep posting things I want to try! And again, please post a link to all your soap-making entries over on the Soap-making page if you don’t mind. I love your ideas. You are the one who got me hooked on soaping you know! My husband got out of the shower this morning and he said okay I admit it but don’t tell anyone…I really like the goat milk soap and that flower shaped one too. I didn’t even know he had been using it.

  2. gafarmwomanPam

    Hi Cindy,
    I am wanting to experiment with green tea and herbal tea in my soap making also. Your recipe sounds great. The soap looks like it turned out really nice.

    I love your blog. Great job.

  3. Kim

    This looks so wonderful. May I ask if your additives are added after the cook? And when you superfat do you add oils after the cook too? Thanks so much for sharing. I hope I can make HP soap look as nice as yours. Oh, another question. Is olive oil and olive oil pomace similar? Thanks again :)

    1. Cindy

      Yes, all of the additives are added after the cook, Kim. In this particular recipe the superfat is the lye discount at the very beginning. I do quite often add up to 2% superfat after the cook, too. Olive oil and olive oil pomace are quite similar in soapmaking, the amounts are within 2/100 of an ounce…I would have no problem substituting OO for the OO pomace. I use pomace because I’ve found a local grocery store that sells it for 1/2 the price of regular OO :)

      A good trick to getting smoother HP soap is making sure everything is mixed together well after the cook. After every addition, I stir it. Even if it’s plain soap, I stir it quite a bit before I put it into the mold. Then bang the mold against the counter as you’re adding the soap to the mold (like a cake) after every couple spoonfuls.

      I hope you try HP in a crock pot! It’s instantly satisfying…well, after 8 hours or so of hardening :)

      1. Kim

        I’ve got my crock pot out and I have all the ingredients. One last question. Is this bar hard or soft when it’s done? SoapCalc has the hardness at 32. I know you can’t always believe what the calc says because olive oil Castile comes out low too but is a really hard bar of soap. I just wanted to check with you before I moved on. Thanks so much .. Kim :)

        1. Cindy

          It’s a medium bar. It hardens up faster than a Castile, but not as fast as a higher coconut or tallow bar would. Left out to dry, it turns quite hard. All of the soft oils contribute to that, but it’s a very nice feeling soap when you’re using it.

          Have fun!!!

          1. Kim

            Well I gave it a try tonight. My first HP soap. It seems to be a really nice soap. I haven’t cut it yet but I have a soap ball from the scrapings. The color of mine looks like weird though. Hoping it will mellow out while it cools. If not, I’m ok with it cause it smells wonderful. Thanks for sharing :)

          2. Kim

            Yes… the color is “weird”. At first it looked like cooked meat but now its starting to look more tan-ish. The color in your pictures is lovely. I lost the translusent look when I used yellow oxide instead of tumeric I think. Oh well.. smells lovely!!:)
            I added my blog spot to this reply if you want to check it out :)

  4. Janice Hebert

    Hi Cindy! Took your soapmaking class at CITR Retreat this year and loved it. This soap looks great, I want to try it soon. I was wondering if you have published the recipe for Suzanne’s first soap “Vanilla Sugar Dreams” I think it was called? Would love to try that but can’t find a recipe for it on her site. Love your site! Thanks for all of your inspiration…

  5. sandra

    I have been using teas, milks and even juices to make
    soap, and they all have turned out great.
    I used fresh herbs that bennifit hair when I make shampoos
    half and half is a great one for bar soaps and so is silk
    soy milk, they all turn out creamy and conditioning.
    If anyone wants a recipe I would gladly share one.
    I loved your post on liquid soap. Easy to follow instructions.
    Thanks you for posting.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>