Saturday, January 11, 2014

White Tea with Peach Soap

white tea with peach handmade soap
White Tea with Peach
soap in the mold
Guest soaps in the mold
I have been totally craving a chance to make some soap.  Trust me is is addictive.  I also found out that Brambleberry is looking for panelists for this years S.O.A.P. panel to test new fragrances.  I love trying out new scents and new soap recipes and would love the opportunity to be a panelist.  I am super sensitive to fragrances, but I have yet to have any problems with the fragrances from Brambleberry.  In fact so far Brambleberry is the only company I will use to order fragrance oils.

So I started pulling out everything that I would need to make this recipe.  Once I had everything together, I started by brewing the tea for the recipe.  I put 5 tea bags on a jar with about 10 ounces of hot water.

After my tea was steeped to my satisfaction, I added it to my pitcher then added ice and water to the full amount needed for this recipe.  I put this in my kitchen sink.  After measuring out my lye I added it to the water and tea mixture in my pitcher.

After getting my lye water ready I measured out my oils.  I reserved 2 ounces of plain olive oil and 2 ounces of paprica infused olive oil from the remainder of my oils for coloring the batch.  After all of my oils except the reserved oils were ready in my pail I gave them a whir with the stick blender.  It did get difficult to break up the coconut oil because it was really cold from being stored in the shed.  Before I added the lye water I added a half a tablespoon of Southern Peach fragrance oil from Brambleberry  link  to the oils.   After I worked out all of the chunks, I added the lye water to the oils.
feathery swirls on top of handmade soap
I swirled the top but I should have saved a little more
of the white for the swirls

Once I had the soap up to a light trace I split the batch in half.  I added paprika oil to the one half.  To the other half I added the plain olive oil and titanium dioxide mixed with water.  I mixed the white half until all of the oil and titanium dioxide were worked into the rest of the soap.  Next I mixed the paprika part until all of the colored oil was mixed in.  I filled my sample mold before adding the white into the colored for an in the pot swirl.

handmade white tea with peach guest size soaps
My cute little guest soaps
Once I had my molds filled I still had more soap in my pail.  I decided to use the little molds I had for guest soaps.  I love the smell of this soap.  It is lightly fruity without being overpowering.  The tea adds a little bit of depth the the fragrance.  The bars are a little taller than my usual bars.  I had some issues when I cut my loaf, but I really think that my customers will enjoy this soap.

Disclaimer:  I was not paid by Brambleberry for this post.  These are simply my own opinions.

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  1. I have never heard of putting tea in soap before, but it totally makes sense. I bet the smell is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Interesting combination - your soap looks great!

  3. I never made soap before but it looks like fun! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I love the look of every bar you've ever shared at the HomeAcre Hop! :-) Thank you for sharing this; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  5. That's it. I'm buying this one!!
    Off to Etsy!!!!!

  6. I love home-made staf
    Thank you for sharing My Favorite Things Saturdays - Linky Party

  7. Those guest soaps look too cute! Thanks for linking up at My Favorite Things!


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