I go through phases with my hot beverage of choice. I’ve been on a coffee (decaf only!) kick for quite awhile now, but I’ve been easing my way back into tea. I just love everything about tea — the texture, the rich smells of each variety, and how beautiful a heap of loose leaf tea looks!
Earl Grey has been a favorite of mine for ages, and I have the most wonderful loose leaf blend with lavender. Clearly, I can’t draw the line at drinking it, so I’ve made a beautiful, sudsy mess with it – soap! You can see the lavender flecks on the background soap in the photo below.
P.S. I had my parents in town this weekend from San Diego, and my mom was a fabulously cooperative, patient hand model! ;D
Earl Grey Soap Tutorial
- Creamy melt and pour soap base*, like shea butter or goat’s milk (affiliate link)
- Loose leaf Earl Grey tea – Mine has lavender in it so it smells extra good!
- Black tea bags
- Soap molds – Modern molds are typically plastic/silicone, though I used vintage Jello tins.
- Misting spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- Container for melting
1. Cut a couple large chunks from the package of soap, and chop them into smallish cubes.
2. Dump all the cubes of soap into a microwave-safe container. One with a pouring spout is ideal, but you could do this in a bowl or mug if that’s all you have. Microwave for 30 seconds, and then stir it thoroughly with the spoon. If you still have any unmelted chunks, continue to melt in ten-second intervals, stirring after each.
Careful – this can get very hot!
3. Carefully pour the melted soap into your mold, filling the mold 1/2 to 2/3, depending on your preference. The more you fill it in this step, the bigger the white section of your soap will be.
4. Throw the remaining melted soap back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to get it piping hot and liquidy again. Drop a couple black tea (English breakfast, Irish breakfast, Early grey, etc.) into the mixture, and let them steep for about 30 seconds.
Carefully use the back of the spoon to squeeze the tea bags against the side of the container, extracting nice, dark tea-stained soap. Mix it up thoroughly to spread the color around evenly.
5. Once the white soap from Step 3 has firmed up a bit on top, it’s time to pour the tea layer. First mist the white soap with a bit of the alcohol to help the layers stick together. Pour it over the back of a spoon, like in the picture above. This will allow it to pour in gently and not mix too much with the white layer.
Pour it close to the top, but leave enough room for the tea. You can take a look at the picture below to give you a better idea what I mean.
6. Immediately sprinkle a really generous helping of your loose leaf Earl Grey tea all over the top of the melted soap. Completely cover it, using way more tea than you need. You can just tap off the excess when it’s all firmed up.
7. Allow the soap to harden for several hours, minimum, before popping it out of the mold. Then, you can just tap off the excess tea!
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Do you put some loose leaf tea in the base of the mold before the first layer of soap? Thanks
This would be lovely little gifts to make! I have an old set of those Jello=o molds as well. Do you need to spray them first?
Thanks so much, Kim! I didn’t spray them with anything. I found that if you squeeze the top a bit, the edges separate from the soap with no problem. 🙂
I’m totally a tea person. If Early Grey is an option in any form, I always choose it! These are gorgeous- I love the shape of the mold!
Soap aside, this blend with the lavender is deliciousl! And yeah I loved the unconventional shape for the soap mold. 🙂
Yum! I bet they smell delicious! I’ve never tried making soap before but now I’m adding that to my DIY-to-try list!
It’s so easy, Sarah – you have to try it soon! <3
Is it bad that my first thought at the first picture was “Mmm that looks tasty”.
I’m sure it isn’t, but I bet it smells good!
No. Not bad. I had to refrain from trying to drink the stuff while making it. 😉
i totally go through phases with my drink of choice too. Been stuck on chais for a while 🙂 anyhow, these sound amazing and that mold is the cutest!
I went through such a long phase with the Oregon Chai concentrate on ice!
I wish I could smell the soap through my computer monitor!
Oh my gosh GIRL it was the best smell while it was all hot and bubble, too!
Ive never made soap before but this looks totally do-able! I bet it smells amazing too 🙂
Yeah – you’d be shocked at how easy it is!!