I love to make my own soaps using either a goat’s milk or shea butter melt and pour soap base. They both are easy to find in your local craft store or online for an affordable price.
I like using both soap bases, but will change it up depending on what the soap is being used for. In this case, we’re making soap for the skin health and for anti-aging benefits, so I feel shea butter is a better fit for this purpose. However, if you already have the goat’s milk soap base, it will work just fine too.
Melt and pour soap bases normally come in a square or rectangular form and you have to cut it up. It can make it harder to measure, so just over-figure by a square or two when you are making your green tea soap to be safe.
You will be adding some awesome essential oils to really benefit the skin and work for you – Frankincense oil, Geranium oil, Lavender oil and Lemongrass oil are all excellent for the skin and help to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and give overall balance to the skin.
The Matcha green tea is also so good for the skin. It’s is full of antioxidants and offers great health benefits, making this a perfect combination to use for your body when you bathe, or for your facial soap.
Anti-Aging Shea Butter & Matcha Green Tea Soap Tutorial
Supplies and Ingredients
This recipe makes about 2 large bars or 10 – 12 mini-sized green tea soap bars.
- 1 ice cube style silicone mold with multiple cavities, or 2 to 3 larger silicone molds for bigger soap bars (I used the small square ones from Ikea, which have 12 cavities per mold; I prefer smaller bars as they travel well and are easier to hold and use)
- Approximately ¼ pound shea butter melt and pour soap base
- 1 teaspoon organic Matcha tea powder
- 12 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops frankincense essential oil
- 6 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 8 drops geranium essential oil
- Wipe out the molds first, to be sure there is no dust or debris in them, which would end up on the surface of the soaps. Then, lay the mold out on the counter so it is ready for use.
- Chop the soap base into small squares, around 1-2” in size.
- To determine how many of them you will need, count 1 to 2 per mold. For me, I made 10 soaps, so I used about 15-16 chopped pieces. If the molds you are using are larger, it would be about 1/8 pound per bar. This part is the hardest, since every mold is different in size. Over figure by 1 or 2 pieces to be safe.
- Now, place the soap squares into the top portion of your double boiler. Stir using a rubber spatula and scraping the sides, and mix until the soap is melted, smooth and free of lumps.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool slightly. Next, add in your essential oils, one at a time, and mix them in well. The lavender and geranium are especially runny ones, so take your time when adding the drops, so that you don’t over-do it.
- Make sure they are well blended in the soap. You may notice the soap start to thicken and set up again. If it does, place the double boiler back over the heat just until it melts again.
- Give it a stir, and then whisk in your Matcha tea. This is the crucial part – the tea can tend to clump and stay in one spot, so make sure you are whisking it constantly and using a silicone spatula to scrape all edges of the pan to make sure everything is evenly combined. If you need to break it up any tea clumps, use the back of a spoon and push it against the sides of the bowl to mash it up.
- If the mixture is getting too thick as you blend to get it well dispersed, put the double boiler back over the heat to soften it up.
- Once it is mixed well throughout and you have no more tea or soap clumps, you’re ready to pour it into your molds. You just need to leave a tiny bit of space at the top to help you pop the soap out later.
- Now, let the soaps cool off fully at room temperature. It usually takes about an hour, but it will also depend on the mold size you choose.
- Feel the centers of the molds underneath to see if they are cooled. Once they’re cool, you can turn the molds over and carefully pop out the soaps. If they are still warm in the center, wait longer as it can dent or cause the soap to be misshapen.
- Once you have the soaps all popped out, remove any loose pieces that may be attached from pouring, and the soaps are all set to use.
- I like to store them in a glass jar, or just place a few on a cute soap dish.
- They last longer than you may expect, so if you set out too many, they can accumulate dust.
- Just lather up with warm water and wash your face once per day, set by the sink for hand washing or use in shower or tub as you would regular soap in your daily routine.