Green Tea and Lemongrass Soap Recipe

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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 pounds
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As I was browsing the Sunday paper this past weekend, there were a number of "spa" baskets featuring specially scented soaps and candles. One of the most popular scents featured was "Green Tea & Lemongrass." It brought back fond memories of my commercial soap making days when one of my most popular scents was a green tea and lemongrass blend. I used eucalyptus essential oil to balance the heavy citrus sweetness of the lemongrass and used green tea instead of water.

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.

What You'll Need

  • 8.3 ounces palm oil
  • 5.5 ounces palm kernel oil
  • 6.4 ounces coconut oil
  • 2.3 ounces cocoa butter
  • 11 ounces olive oil
  • 2.8 ounces castor oil
  • 4.6 ounces soybean oil
  • 5 ounces sunflower oil
  • 6.4 ounces lye
  • 13 ounces of strongly brewed green tea
  • 4 to 8 teaspoons steeped green tea leaves (leftover from the tea making)
  • 1 ounces eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 ounces lemongrass essential oil
  • Optional: yellow and green oxide swirl

How to Make It

This recipe makes a little over 4 pounds of soap.

  1. Make up at least 13 ounces of double-strength green tea. Save the steeped leaves for later.
  2. Let the tea cool completely!
  3. 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.
  1. Measure out all of your oils, essential oils, and colorants (if you're using colorants.)
  2. Make your soap batch as you normally would, following basic soap making instructions.
  3. At trace, add in the lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils, and add about 1/2-1 teaspoon of the steeped green tea leaves per pound of oils. In the above recipe, that's about 4-8 teaspoons of leaves.
  4. Stir well. Add your colorants/swirl, if desired. I did a two-color swirl with yellow and green oxides.
  5. Pour into the mold of your choice. Let it saponify over night. Slice it when it's firm enough to slice.
  6. Let it cure for 3-4 weeks.
  7. Enjoy your Green Tea and Lemongrass soap!