If you’re a tea lover like I am, then this craft is a must! It’s an easy to make soap and you can simply add the tea of your choice, right out of your cupboard. The possibilities are really endless; you can try herbal teas, black teas, fruit teas, and this list goes on! It’s a great natural soap recipe and the leaves add a gentle, natural exfoliant to your soap. Another great thing about making tea soap is that you don’t need additional dyes or fragrances because the tea colors the soap a beautiful natural tea color and also adds natural fragrance to the soap.
My favorite teas to use in soap making are chai and lemongrass, because they’re both incredibly aromatic in the bath. Use chamomile and/or lavender for a sleepytime soap, or something like mint for an invigorating soap.
There are two ways that you can add the leaves (and I’ll go into more detail about adding the tea leaves later on): you can steep them in a bit of hot water first, or add the dry leaves to the warm soap base. Either way works, but I find that steeping them first results in a more aromatic scent pre-use, whereas if you add the dry leaves to the soap base without steeping them first, the scent is released more as you use the soap. You also get more of the natural health benefits of the tea leaves if you don’t steep them first. In either case, you still get some nice exfoliation from the tea leaves.
There are lots of different ways to make soap: cold processed, hot processed, or melt & pour with the use of ready-made bases. In this recipe we will be using ready made bases to keep things nice and easy; and these days there are a lot of good bases (and some poor quality ones to watch out for) to choose from.
One item you will need is a good ready-made base. Many craft stores sell soap bases and when I buy craft store soap bases, I like to use Life of the Party brand. They have a lot of natural bases that turn out nice, smooth soaps. Hobby Lobby usually carries this brand, and if you use their online 40% off coupon, it’s a pretty good deal!
Today I will be working with one of my favorite bases: Life of the Party’s Avocado Cucumber base.
You will also need a soap mold. I bought a plastic one from a craft store for this project. If you buy a wood one, you may need special soap lining so it does not stick to the wood.
Here is a full list of supplies used in making tea soap:
- Soap base
- Pyrex measuring cup
- Soap mold
- Knife (to cut soap base)
- Spoon (to stir the warm soap)
- Cut your soap base into an 8 oz block. If you’re using Life of the Party soap, cut it into four equal pieces (each one will be 8 ounces).
- Place one 8 oz block into a clean Pyrex measuring cup or other microwave safe dish.
- Microwave the soap base for about 45 seconds, then let it cool for about 5 minutes, then microwave again for about 30 seconds, then let cool for about 1 minute. Ideally, you want it to be warm and pourable but not so hot that it melts the bases or boils over in the microwave.
- Stir the mixture, making sure no lumps are left. Microwave longer if needed.
- Add the tea leaves. I add the amount of tea in one tea bag (for one serving) for each bar, so I will add the tea in two tea bags to 8 ounces of base.
- Stir the mixture well.
- While it’s still warm and stirred, pour the soap into the molds. This should be the perfect amount for two 4 ounce bars of soap.
- Let sit overnight. In the morning, place the hardened soap in the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes, then once you take it out, it will be easier to gently pop it out of the base. Don’t leave it in the freezer for too long, though, or your soap might sweat once it starts thawing.
You now have your very own natural tea soap bars!