HOW TO MAKE EARL GREY TEA SOAP
Here is a simple guide showing how to make Earl Grey Tea soaps
STEP 1 Cut a couple large chunks from the package of soap, and chop them into smallish cubes.
STEP 2 Dump all the cubes of soap into a microwave-safe container. One with a pouring spout is ideal, but you could do this in a bowl or mug if that’s all you have. Microwave for 30 seconds, and then stir it thoroughly with the spoon. If you still have any unmelted chunks, continue to melt in ten-second intervals, stirring after each. Careful – this can get very hot!
STEP 3 Carefully pour the melted soap into your mold, filling the mold 1/2 to 2/3, depending on your preference. The more you fill it in this step, the bigger the white section of your soap will be.
STEP 4 Throw the remaining melted soap back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to get it piping hot and liquidy again. Drop a couple black tea (English breakfast, Irish breakfast, Early grey, etc.) into the mixture, and let them steep for about 30 seconds. Carefully use the back of the spoon to squeeze the tea bags against the side of the container, extracting nice, dark tea-stained soap. Mix it up thoroughly to spread the color around evenly.
STEP 5 Once the white soap from Step 3 has firmed up a bit on top, it’s time to pour the tea layer. First spray the white soap with a bit of the alcohol to help the layers stick together. Pour it over the back of a spoon, like in the picture below. This will allow it to pour in gently and not mix too much with the white layer. Pour it close to the top, but leave enough room for the tea. You can take a look at the picture below to give you a better idea.
STEP 6 Immediately sprinkle a really generous helping of your loose leaf Earl Grey tea all over the top of the melted soap. Completely cover it, using way more tea than you need. You can just tap off the excess when it’s all firmed up.
STEP 7 Allow the soap to harden for several hours, minimum, before popping it out of the mold. Then, you can just tap off the excess tea!