Tea Soaps for Holiday Gifts

Tea Soaps for Holiday Gifts
What do you do with teas that you don’t like the taste of or simply have to much of? You make soap! With the addition of some essential oils and a melt and pour soap base, you can turn your tea into scented soaps.

Loose teas and tea bags work well for your soap making ideas, just keep the size and shape in mind when creating your tea. Rose, jasmine and lavender buds show off the prettiest shades of color, while black teas make excellent exfoliant and green tea are nourishing.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Dough cutter or knife
Essential oils/Tea powders: rose, bergamot, lavender, matcha green tea
Leaf/herbal teas: rose buds, Earl Grey, lavender
Melt-&-pour soap base
double boiler or microwave safe medium to large bowl
Parchment paper
Soap/Silicone molds
Tea Towel

To Make:

Depending on the size of your molds, estimate the soap base you’ll need. Cut off chunks of the base with a knife or dough cutter. Careful the soap can be sticky and slippery .

Place the soap in a medium or large microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave according to manufacturers instructions. 20-30 seconds will melt the base. Melt at 20 second intervals to keep from overheating.

Carefully remove the bowl from microwave with a tea towel and stir in 1 teaspoon of tea leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of essential oil or tea powder. Adjust the amount according to the size of your bowl.

Mix the tea leaves and essential oils until ingredients are combined. Pour the mixture int the molds and then set them aside until they have completely hardened. After your soaps have completely hardened, pop them out of their molds. You can package each bar in a square of parchment paper and tie with with a ribbon or twine.

You can stack them as a gift set or pair it with a bath salt or body scrub and make the recipient extremely happy.

That’s it for this week. As always …

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