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« on: April 17, 2013 03:35:20 PM »

It just occurred to me today that you can make soap with tea!  It's really wonderful because the tea leaves provide the coloring, fragrance, and exfoliant.

As a novice soap maker who is excited about the possibilities, and as a tea lover, this was too fun!

So I started with some chai tea I had lying around the house - I don't like to drink chai tea but I like the scent so it was perfect.  I just used a couple of plastic molds and an avocado & cucumber soap base and it came out pretty nice -


I can't wait to try out some other kinds of tea!  And maybe a coffee/sugar one too...
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2013 04:18:41 PM »

Very nice! I use a couple different teas in my Gardener's Soap!

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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2013 05:25:49 PM »

Oooh, lovely! I bet it smells divine!

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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2013 05:50:34 AM »

Thanks!  It does smell nice - the scent is a bit subtle (I think because I used dry tea leaves), but when I get the soap wet the scent comes out more.
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2013 09:15:36 AM »

Thanks for the inspiration. Haven't tried tea. When you try the coffee, be sure to use/make a very fine grind as the coffee grounds can be caustic and overly abrasive to sensetive skin. (but the soap is YUMMY)  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013 08:01:29 AM »

yeah, ditto Shortmom -  I had some ground coffee I added to a soap I thought would work okay, and it's like being clawed by a kitten in the shower.

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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2013 10:49:28 AM »

Everyone in my house drinks tea and what a great soap to have since we have certain teas that we all love the smell of. Thanks for including the link as I have never made soap before but am ready to try.
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2013 01:49:17 PM »

Great idea! I am a huge tea lover and have so many different kinds of teas, so this would be a fun thing to do.

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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2013 10:34:19 PM »

It is good to know that teas will hold their scent in melt and pour bases (unfortunately they don't in cold or hot process soaps).

When using teas in CP or HP, make your tea very, very concentrated (i.e. about 3 times as strong), then freeze your tea to use it in your lye solution.  Have your oils ready and waiting before working with the frozen tea & lye.  As with milk soaps, don't let your tea/lye solution get hot.

Your resulting bars are very pretty!

I noticed that you are using Pyrex to melt your M&P base.  Please, Please, PLEASE be careful when doing this!!  Pyrex isn't what it used to be.  I love your caution about letting the M&P cool between melting periods, but users also need to be aware of not setting hot Pyrex on a surface that is much cooler than the container (I set on cloth hot pads since they absorb the heat).

I've had a (brand spanking new ... i.e. 2nd use) 4-cup Pyrex explode/shatter on me when removing it from the dishwasher.  I still have my 8-cup Pyrex from the 1960's (all scratched up) but going strong.  I replaced my 4-cup Pyrex with 4-cup Anchor Hocking.  Don't know if AH is any better, but it hasn't shattered on my yet!
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