Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spicy Tea Soaps

Blend your own mix of fragrant dried flowers and herbal tea into beautiful glycerin soaps, then wrap them with recycled decorative gift wrap and scrap ribbon for homemade gift giving.
Spicy Tea Soaps
What You Will Need:

Glycerin soap base
Large kitchen knife
Cutting block
Large glass measuring cup
Medium-sized pan and water
Stirring spoon
Dried chamomile flowers
Dried lavender flowers
Herbal tea bag
Essential oi
Colorant (optional)
Soap molds
Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
Decorative paper scraps
Ribbon scrap
Tissue paper or cellophane
Glue stick
Rubber stamps or stickers
Homemade Spicy Tea Soaps
Use a kitchen knife to cut the block of glycerin soap into 1-inch cubes. Place the cubes into the glass measuring cup. Set the measuring cup into the pan, and fill the pan with water to reach halfway up the outside of the measuring cup, creating a double boiler. Set the stovetop burner on medium heat under the pan.
Keep a watchful eye as the glycerin cubes melt—about 10 minutes. Stir as needed. Remove from heat and skim off any skin that forms on the surface of the glycerin.
Add the lavender, chamomile, and contents of the tea bags to the melted soap. Stir to combine. Add a few drops of essential oil, and colorant if desired, and mix well.
Pour the melted soap into the soap molds. If bubbles appear on the surface, use a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol to spritz the surface of the soap. Allow the soap to harden and cool. Then, pop the soaps out of the molds.
To decorate rectangular soaps, recycle gift wrap by cutting strips to wrap around the bar. Secure the back with a small piece of tape, and tie off with a ribbon for extra pop. For round soaps, wrap tissue paper or cellophane around the soap, bringing the ends of the paper to the top of the bar. Seal it with a round piece of paper secured with glue. Decorate the paper with rubber stamps or stickers.

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