Time for Tea Soap

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Drinking tea is such a lovely ceremony, what with the dainty cups and small spoons and little dishes reserved only for steeped tea bags. The aroma is such a huge part of that experience. Sadly, I’m finding that one can only drink so much tea in a day. So why not pull those luscious scents into our lives in other ways? This was my thinking when this idea popped into my head. I whipped up a batch of small Earl Grey tea soaps (see my instructions below) and folded them into individual tissue tea bags.
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I have included a full, rather detailed tutorial for you to make these yourself. You can even download my tea soap tags, if you are so inclined. Each tag has a “Made by” and “For” on the back, so you can give these little soaps as gifts. You could also write a tiny message on the inside of the tag. I assure you that these are extremely easy to make, and cheap as well.
Click through below for the free tag download and how to!

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You can buy all the materials you need here.
(a) Soap: I used a Melt & Pour Soap Base which some may think is cheating, but I think it’s fantastic. It’s incredibly easy – you just cut up the block of soap and melt it in the microwave (or if you are like me and don’t have a microwave, use a double-boiler) and add in whatever ingredients you want.
I used Earl Greyer Tea which has more bergamot than usual. Then just pour it into a mold or pan and let it set. After a few hours mine was set and I cut it into rectangles about 1″ x 2″. These are small (think hotel soap) and I was able to get eight soaps from a 1 lb. block, plus scraps that I can melt down into another one or two. You can see more detailed instructions here. I would recommend wrapping each soap in a dark-colored paper.
(b)Tags: You can create your own tags, or download mine here. Each sheet has tags for Earl Grey Tea Soap, Green Tea Soap, Citrus Mint Tea Soap, Ginger Peach Tea Soap, Rooibos Tea Soap, Jasmine Tea Soap, and Tea Soap (plain). Just cut them out, fold them in half, and snip little notches in the corners (see photos). [A note about the tags: Feel free to print out these tags for your personal, non-commercial use. Please do not redistribute in any way.]
(c)White tissue paper: Pieces cut to approximately 6″ x 9″, one per soap. *Not intended for use in the tub or shower.
(d)Tape
(e)String
(f)Stapler
(g)Scissors

How to fold, tea bag-style:

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1. Place one soap on the tissue paper, centered vertically but slightly higher than the middle.
2. Fold the two sides over the soap so that they overlap slightly. Tape closed.
3. Pinch the edges to form a rectangular box. Pleat the sides inward.
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4. Fold the bottom up over the soap and secure with a loop of tape (or double-sided tape)
5. Trim so that the front and back are the same height
6. Fold the two corners in to form a peak.
7. Pull the peak down and tape shut.
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8. Flip over and staple the string onto the bag, tying a knot in the end to keep it from slipping through. Staple tag on the other end of the string.
If you have any trouble with these instructions it might help to inspect a real tea bag. For the sake of comparison, here is a real tea bag with mine:
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Here are the tags that are available (click here to view and print):
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Now I’m off to have a cup of tea…
Thanks for reading.

65 responses to “Time for Tea Soap”

  1. Bethany Owens

    Hey there,
    I want to try this project but i wasnt sure how you incorporate the tea. Do you open the tea bag or do you brew it first?

    Please let me know!
    Thanks

  2. Kura

    What style font is on the tea tags? I’d like to make them for different flavors of tea.

  3. Elyn

    What a charming idea! I have a friend who runs a tea shop – I am going to send him here to see your brilliant idea. Thank you!

  4. Susanna

    I’d love to make these tea soaps as the “favors” for my wedding next Autumn. Just curious how much time you think I should allow to make 120 bars of soap and have them packaged. Also, how far ahead of time could I make them? Do they “keep” for a few months?

    Thank you so much!

  5. charlotte

    I just started making tea soap. I wanted a natural way to scent and color soap. So I started using tea. I use the melt and pour soap from Michael’s. I have made honey lemon, peach mango, blackberry vanilla, and chamomile honey and cranberry pomegranate. All turned out nice.

  6. Sonja

    Beautiful tutorial!!!

  7. Nicole

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. maria

    I am not clear about the use of the tea, is it the tea content from the bag or the brewed liquid tea.
    Beautiful.
    Thanks.

  9. Andi

    These are adorable! Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely be trying it, but I think I’ll use chai tea because I love the smell.

  10. K

    I too am confused…….how do you incorporate the tea? Can you actually use the soap or is it for looks only?

  11. Valerie

    Added this to a blog post I wrote and cited you: http://longtermcarelink.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/easy-and-inexpensive-christmas-gifts/ Thank you for blogging some great crafts!

  12. Name *

    Would like to make some of these for Christmas gifts but the directions on how to incorporate the tea isn’t exactly clear to me. Please go into more detail!

  13. Denise

    Hi, I have seen the this question asked a lot, but I haven’t seen the answer yet. Your probably getting tired of answering it, but here we go again. How much loose tea do you put in the M&P?

  14. Kristine

    This is fabulous! Thank you for posting and I will be trying this method again soon — it’s been a long time since I’ve used tea in my soap!

    For anyone in the comments asking about when to incorporate the tea and how much to add:

    1. Melt your glycerine (that’s the melt-and-pour soap base) in the microwave in a heat-safe container that has a spout (like a pyrex glass measuring cup). Do not overheat or boil it, it will smell badly and you can ruin the batch.

    2. After removing your container of melted glycerine from the microwave, stir in any essential oils for fragrance, or just skip this step if you don’t want your soap to have fragrance.

    3. While the glycerine is still hot, stir in your loose tea and mix well. Try not to “whip” it (which can result in bubbles). Add a little a time, until you see the amount of speckles you desire. How much to put in really isn’t much more than a personal preference, and it also depends on how much glycerine you are melting for each batch. If you overpower the mixture with tea, it will be too gritty. So I suggest a “less is more” approach: Add a little tea a time until it looks about right. Tea will NOT make your soap smell good. Only an essential oil can do that. The only thing the tea will do is make the soap visually interesting. This is why it’s a personal preference. Your eyes are your best judge in this step.

    4. Pour your mixture into a mold. If bubbles appear, spray with rubbing alcohol (ordinary rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle) and the bubbles will instantly disappear. Let sit for a couple hours in a cool place.

    5. If you want more visual interest, sprinkle some more loose tea on top while the mix is still warm, and gently pat it down. Make sure your mix is not hot or you will burn your fingers! This will create a top layer with a kind of “crust,” kind of like a crumb apple pie has.

    Good luck, have fun! :)

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