Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Homemade Chai Tea Soap

Homemade Chai Tea Soap:
The Melt and Pour Method


I LOVE anything chai, so making this scent was first on my list!

Chai Tea Shea Butter Exfoliant Soap

32 oz Natural Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap package halved (each half makes four large bars)
2/3 bag of chai tea (Make sure it’s ground finely, but still able to be used for exfoliation.)
1 tbsp ground cardamom
2 drops of Cassia essential oil
2 drops of ginger essential oil
10 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
3-7 drops natural yellow soap dye (optional)
Alcohol in a spray bottle

Melt the soap in a double boiler. 
Once it’s melted add the tea, oils, and dye. 
Mix well, and pour into the soap molds. 
Lightly spray the top of the soap with alcohol once it’s in the mold to prevent bubbles. 
Allow the soap to sit at least an hour. 
The package may say less time, but the large molds I used required a good bit more time. 
Packaging:  I wrapped the soap in plastic wrap, and then sealed them with a label sticker that has all the ingredients on it, but there are so many cute ways to wrap soaps.

How to order essential oils:
If you are looking for essential oils, I recommend using doTERRA's certified, pure therapeutic grade oils.  You can find them at  my doTERRA store .  If you'd like to receive wholesale prices, 25% off retail, please comment below or email me, and I can help you sign up.

There are different methods to making your own soap, but I chose melt and pour method for my first time, because it's so quick and easy. This is also a good route to take if you want to avoid messing with sodium hydroxide (lye), although I plan on posting some lye soap recipes down the road.

Examples of soap bases you can find at craft stores:
Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap
Olive Oil Melt and Pour Soap
Clear/Opaque Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap
Goat's Milk Melt and Pour Soap

Once you have a melt and pour base for your soap you can be creative in choosing soap molds, adding your own colors, herbs, and essential oils. Bases and soap molds can be found at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. The Jo-Anns where I live doesn’t carry soap making products. There are also lots of melt and pour soap recipe books out there. I used the Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap, and made two different recipes from one package split in half (it made four large bars).

For Christmas gift ideas, take a look at the other items that went into these Gift Baskets :
Refreshing Shea Butter Soap


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