True Natural Beauty comes from within...

True Natural Beauty comes from within...
Welcome, to my natural bath / beauty and clean eating blog, where nature is our pantry....take a few quiet moments to enjoy free recipes and tutorials using natural ingredients. Have questions about recipes or where to find these ingredients? Put your question in the comment box and I will be happy to answer .............Anna

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Earl Grey Tea Soap with Honey

     I just made this,  fresh as the morning,  Earl Grey tea soap.  I added real honey to the recipe along with bees wax for the fresh scent and the excellent qualities they bring.  I steeped 12 oz. of strong Earl Grey tea for the liquid needed in the recipe, along with Olive oil, Coconut oil, Cocoa butter, Shea butter, Grapeseed oil, and soybean/cottonseed oil.  I had such good luck with my first batch of tea soap, that I pretty much stayed with the basic same oils.

     This soap smells dewy fresh, the earl grey tea is subtle with a hint of citrus. Lovely.   Great fluffy lather.                Natural color, nothing added.

For my exact recipe proportions  look in comments.

 NOTE:  in the recipe listed in the comments section I neglected to say that the lye was measured in ounces.
 My apologies.


Mackenzie Jordan said...

Can you share exact proportions? Did you use a melt and pour base?

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hey Mackenzie, thanks for the request, here ya go:
First off, this recipe was made the hot process method, can be used for cold process as well, no melt and pour was used.

12 oz fresh brewed Earl Grey Tea
12 oz olive oil
10 oz crisco(which is soybean/palm or cottonseed)great lather,moisturizer
7 oz coconut oil
2 oz bees wax
1 oz cocoa butter
1 oz grapeseed oil
1 oz shea butter
4.49 Lye (NaOH) which made it superfatted to 7%, a softer bar
1 Tablespoon honey (added at light trace)
0.5 oz Sweet Meyer Lemon essential oil from Brambleberry (at trace)

This bar is truly luxurious, you can smell the fresh tea as you shower.
Love it. You can use your favorite basic soap recipe and simply substitute the liquid in it with Earl Grey tea. Works great. I've made it with green tea as well. Yummy

I always check every soap recipe with a lye calculator, heres a good one:
Majestic Mountain Sage Lye Calculator.

If you are new to soaping as I am, YouTube has great tutorials on how to make hot process and cold process soap. You can make hot process in your crock pot, how easy is that! And so fun.

Let me know how this works for you! Anna

Willows Scentials - Beeswax Candles said...

Hello Anna, I have been doing heaps of research about adding tea to my cp recipe, but seems everything I read others are stating the scent of tea disappears.
I was happy to come across your blog, and wondering if you think it held ok after a little while?

Thanks heaps


Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Leanne, Yes I have read the same, that the natural tea scent does not survive the CP soaping process.

I make this soap the Hot Process method, and I freeze the tea in ice cubes before adding the lye. I use a very strong tea infusion too. Perhaps that makes the difference? I don't know. The scent does come through in mine. I have found that if I add a fragrance like Sweet Meyor Lemon from Bramble Berry, that it enhances the tea scent and brings it to the surface more. And yes, the scent held in the soap.

When my hubby showers with the tea soap with Sweet Meyor Lemon in it, you can smell a lemony fresh brewed tea scent in the room, it's heavenly.

One Soaper said she used half tea and half water for her liquid, I don't do that either. I use all tea, (strong) for my liquid.

Chris Martin said...

How long does this take to set or cure? and is the Lye 4.49 oz? or what unit of measurement is that?

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Chris, yes, the lye is 4.49 oz. I am going to go in and fix that right now!

I made this soap the Hot Process Method, in a crock pot, so it is cured and ready to use as soon as it hardens overnight. If you let it sit for a week the bar becomes harder and lasts longer, but it is good to use right away.

You can make this soap the Cold Process method as well, and cure it for 4 weeks.

Let me know if you make this and how it turns out!


Irene in MT said...

HI Anna. I am making this recipe tonight, last evening I made the coffee & cocoa... my first HP/CP try. I just started soaping about a month ago and just got to use my first cp... I was lucky to have found your blog and try your recipes for my first HP. Smells so good! Thank you, Irene in MT

Irene in MT said...

This is my second hp soap. Cooking now, and smells good. Thank you! Irene in MT.

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Irene, so glad you are enjoying the recipes.
I have several newer recipes that I will be posting soon,
that make a harder bar, with the same great moisturizing
and conditioning benefits.
Best, Anna

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Oh... almost forgot...

Irene, if you'd like to share your soap pictures,
we'd love to see them!

Irene in MT said...

I did add loose tea from two bags of earl grey for a light exfoliation. This is awesome! I would add a picture, but don't see that option. I used pvc to mold it, and cut with my ripple slicer... Nice Round rippled bars.

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Irene, I'd love to see a picture of your soap! This would look great in a round rippled bar. Send a picture to and I will feature your soap on my blog!
Feel free to add any tips as well! thanks, Anna

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