I went back into my soap making files and dug out my old recipe for you. You can use my combination of oils below, or make it with any basic soap recipe.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
- 8.3 oz. palm oil
- 5.5 oz. palm kernel oil
- 6.4 oz. coconut oil
- 2.3 oz. cocoa butter
- 11 oz. olive oil
- 2.8 oz. castor oil
- 4.6 oz. soybean oil
- 5 oz. sunflower oil
- 6.4 oz. lye
- 13 oz. of strongly brewed green tea
- 4-8 tsp. steeped green tea leaves (leftover from the tea making)
- 1 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
- yellow and green oxide swirl (if desired)
- Make up at least 13 oz. of double-strength green tea. Save the steeped leaves for later.
- Let the tea cool completely!
- Following the instructions in making soap with liquids other than water, make your lye solution. Again, I can't stress enough that the tea be completely (refrigerated is an even better option) cooled off before you make your lye solution.
- Measure out all of your oils, essential oils and colorants (if you're using colorants.)
- Make your soap batch as you normally would, following basic soap making instructions.
- At trace, add in the lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils, and add about 1/2 - 1 tsp. of the steeped green tea leaves per pound of oils. In the above recipe, that's about 4-8 tsp. of leaves.
- Stir well. Add your colorants/swirl, if desired. In the batch shown in the photo, I did a two-color swirl with yellow and green oxides.
- Pour into the mold of your choice. Let it saponify over night. Slice it when it's firm enough to slice.
- Let it cure for 3-4 weeks.
- Enjoy your Green Tea and Lemongrass soap!