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Soothing Green Tea Soap

December 8, 2018

 

Green Tea Soap

Handmade soap makes a fabulous gift! Green tea is excellent at soothing skin and prevents aging.

 

7.5 oz  green tea infusion (see Tips)        213 g

3 oz     lye (caustic soda)    85 g

1.5 lbs  extra virgin olive oil  682 g

0.35 oz           pure cocoa butter    10 g

1           small bag green tea, torn open       1

0.07 oz           mint essential oil      2 g

 

            1.          Wearing gloves and goggles, pour green tea infusion into a large saucepan. Add lye slowly, stirring gently until it is dissolved.

            2.         Using a thermometer, monitor the temperature of the lye mixture until it is between 120°F and 140°F (49°C and 60°C).

            3.         Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, heat olive oil to between 120°F and 140°F (49°C and 60°C).

            4.        Remove olive oil from heat. Add lye mixture to olive oil, stirring slowly and trying not to splash.

            5.         Stir occasionally, every 15 minutes or so, until the mixture thickens and congeals. (It will have a texture similar to that of light mayonnaise.)

            6.         Stir in cocoa butter, contents of green tea bag and essential oil. Stir for 1 minute with a spoon (or with a whisk, taking care not to create foam).

            7.         Pour into a greased or paper-lined soap mold. Gently tap mold to remove any air bubbles.

            8.         Cover with a blanket or towel and let stand for 2 days. Uncover and let stand for an additional day if the mold is very large.

            9.         Turn soap out of mold. Wait another day, then cut into bars as desired.

            10.       Dry bars for 1 month, turning occasionally to ensure they are drying uniformly.

 

Tips

When it comes to the best variety of green tea for cosmetic use, I recommend the Gunpowder variety.

To make the green tea infusion, in a bowl, pour 7.5 oz (213 g) boiling water over 2 tbsp (30 mL) natural green tea. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain and weigh for recipe.

Note: Exact measurements are crucial in soap making.

 

Fun Fact

After water, green tea is the most-consumed beverage around the world. In Japan, the infusion may be accompanied by garden flowers, such as cherry or lotus blossoms, to increase relaxation.

 


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