Homemade Green Tea and Turmeric Soap Recipe

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This homemade green tea and turmeric soap recipe harnesses green tea's anti-oxidant properties and combines it with turmeric's anti-acne, anti-aging and skin lightening properties for a fantastic homemade soap that's great for all skin types. (Plus it's palm free!)

For this homemade green tea and turmeric soap recipe I really wanted to combine two natural ingredients that have shown to have wonderful properties when used in skin care – green tea and turmeric root powder. The result was a convenient, everyday product that harnesses green tea’s anti-oxidant properties and combines it with turmeric’s power anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and skin lightening properties.

To create this green tea and turmeric soap recipe, I used a strong, cold brewed green tea in place of the water. I then added turmeric to my soapmaking oils which include three separate soapmaking butters – shea, mango and cocoa – for a truly luxurious homemade soap with extra skin conditioning properties. (I mean everyone needs that in the winter, right?) In addition, I also made this cold process soap recipe palm free.

This homemade green tea and turmeric soap recipe harnesses green tea's anti-oxidant properties and combines it with turmeric's anti-acne, anti-aging and skin lightening properties for a fantastic homemade soap that's great for all skin types. (Plus it's palm free!)

About the Ingredients.

Green tea, of course, is prized for it’s powerful anti-oxidant properties. That’s one of the reasons we drink it, right? (What antioxidants do is bind to oxidants, also known as free radicals, that cause cell damage and neutralize them so don’t damage the cells.) Because antioxidants can deactivate free radicals, it’s believed that they can also help to repair damage to skin tissue as well as prevent aging when used in skin care. (Source.)

Turmeric root powder has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric’s primary active ingredient, curcumin, has shown promising results in helping to fight cancer and slow cancer growth. (Source.) It also has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties when taken internally. (I take turmeric capsules daily for just this reason and it helps considerably!) In skin care, turmeric’s natural antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties means it naturally helps to fight acne and blemishes. Turmeric is also used in traditional Indian skin care remedies to lighten and brighten the skin as well as to even out skin tone and lighten pigmentation and dark spots that come with aging.

This homemade green tea and turmeric soap recipe harnesses green tea's anti-oxidant properties and combines it with turmeric's anti-acne, anti-aging and skin lightening properties for a fantastic homemade soap that's great for all skin types. (Plus it's palm free!)

Homemade Green Tea and Turmeric Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

8 oz. coconut oil
2 oz. cocoa butter
1.5 oz. mango butter
2.5 oz. safflower oil
1 oz. shea butter
3 oz. castor oil
1 oz. hemp seed oil
2 oz. avocado oil
15 oz. olive oil

4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide
11.8 oz. strong brewed green tea

1 oz. 60% solution liquid sodium lactate
1.5 oz. turmeric root powder
dried calendula flowers, optional
2 oz. fragrance oil, optional

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils=33% (This is a softer soft even with the sodium lactate, especially if you’re using a fragrance oil for scent. If you need your soap to harden quicker try using 30% water discount.)

Superfat=6%

The sodium lactate was used at 2.7% of the total oil weight.

As with most of my homemade soap recipes, my homemade green tea and tumeric soap recipe will fit inside one of my DIY wooden loaf soap molds and will yield approximately 10-12 bars depending on how thick you cut them.

To Make the Green Tea:

I used Adagio’s fantastic cold-brew citron green tea for this green tea and tumeric soap recipe. Their cold brew pouches are my favorite as there’s no work involved other than dropping a cold-brew iced tea pouch into a pitcher of water overnight. (I sweeten mine afterwards with simple syrup.) They also work well for this homemade soap recipe.

To make the strong brewed green tea you’ll need to combine 15 oz. of distilled water with two cold-brew citron green tea pouches. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Then remove the green tea pouches and squeeze out the excess. (You need to use more water than called for in the recipe as the tea will retain some of the water content. If there’s leftover green tea, you can use the extra green tea to mix with these DIY facial cleansing grains!)

Soapmaking Instructions:

To make this homemade green tea and tumeric soap recipe, you’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the refrigerated green tea you’ve prepared in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters using a digital scale. Combine in a stainless steel pot then heat over medium heat on the stove until all the oils and butters have melted. Once melted, remove the soapmaking oils and butters from heat and set aside.

You can mix this green tea and turmeric soap recipe at any point in which your lye solution and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 95°F-110°F. Once you’re ready to make the soap, weigh out the sodium lactate and stir into the lye solution. Then weigh out the turmeric root powder and mix into the melted soapmaking oils using a stick blender. You are now ready to mix the lye solution and soapmaking oils together.

Slowly pour the lye solution into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then add your fragrance oil if desired. Continue mixing until you reach at least a a medium trace. (Because of the properties of ingredients used in this homemade soap recipe – especially the high percentage of olive oil and the lack of palm oil – this does take a bit longer to trace than most of my other soap recipes.)

Once, your soap has traced, pour the soap batter into your prepared mold. Add calendula petals to the top of the soap for visual interest if desired.  Finally, you’ll need to cover your soap for the saponification process. Cover with a piece of cardboard cut to fit your mold then place a folded towel or blanket over the mold to insulate it.

If you’re using a wooden loaf soap mold, you can remove your soap from the mold the next day. However, you’ll want to wait an additional day before cutting the soap into individual bars to the soap a bit of extra time to harden further. If you’re using a silicone loaf mold or individual silicone (shape) molds, I’d wait two to three days before attempting to unmold the soap to be sure the soap releases from the mold cleanly.

Allow your soap to cure for four to six weeks, then wrap and label your homemade soaps as desired for yourself, friends and family or to sell. (If you’re selling your homemade green tea and turmeric soaps in the United States, be sure to label your homemade soaps with the weight and refrain from making any medical claims about the final product.)

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and homemade holiday gift ideas but also some of my favorites from around the web.

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Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Green Tea and Agave Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe

This homemade cold process soap recipe is formulated with skin conditioning oils like safflower and evening primrose oils and boasts the anti-oxidant power of natural green tea. A touch of agave is added for its humectant properties. I also used up the rest of my comfrey, calendula and plantain infused olive oil that I made a while back for my homemade black drawing salve recipe in this soap. However, you can use regular pomace olive oil if you like.

Finally, I chose to scent my Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe with a Be Delicious Blossom fragrance oil I’d been wanting to try this one in soap for a while. I was really happy with the results. This particular fragrance is a sophisticated blend of ruby cassis, ripe pineapple, sweet rose blossoms and dewy fresh air. Naturally you can substitute the fragrance oil with any of your skin safe favorites or with half the amount of essential oil for a completely natural soap.

Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

9 oz. olive oil infused with plantain leaves, calendula flowerscomfrey leaves
9 oz. 76° melt point refined coconut oil
3.6 oz. grapeseed oil
3.6 oz. safflower oil
1.5 oz. castor oil
3.6 oz. macadamia nut oil
2 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. sesame oil
1.7 oz. evening primrose oil
.25 oz. carnauba wax
2 oz. stearic acid

12 oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide pellets

1 oz. green tea powder
1 oz. light agave syrup
2 Tablespoons white kaolin (cosmetic) clay
2 oz. fragrance oil of choice (or 1 oz. essential oil)

Directions:

To create this homemade cold process soap recipe you’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Begin by measuring out the water into a large Pyrex measuring cup or heat proof pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye then slowly pour the lye into the water. Mix until all the lye has dissolved then set the lye-water aside in a well ventilated area to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils, cocoa butter, stearic acid and carnauba wax and combine in a large stainless steel pot. Heat over medium heat on the stove until all the ingredients have melted then set aside to cool.

Once the soapmaking oils and lye-water have reached around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make soap!

Slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace. Stir in the clay, agave syrup, green tea powder and fragrance oil and combine thoroughly using your stick blender until soap has traced fully.

Pour the soap into your prepared mold and cover, but don’t insulate the soap. Twenty-four hours later you can unmold your soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow the soap to cure 4-6 weeks before use for optimal results.

This homemade cold process soap recipe will fit into one of my easy DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Molds. The final loaf will yield anywhere from 10-12 bars of handmade soap depending on how thick you cut them. You can learn how to make a soap loaf cutter here for even bars.

Want to make this homemade cold process soap recipe palm free? If you are unable to source palm free stearic acid simply substitute the stearic acid with beeswax!

For more homemade cold process soap recipes go here. Or you can browse all of my homemade soap recipes by visiting Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. Also be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board for more great homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s from both Soap Deli News and around the web.

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Natural Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream Recipe

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Does your eye area need a little extra love to help keep those pesky wrinkles away for as long as possible? Then be sure to try out this natural anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe! It's formulated using a combination of oils known to promote healing like rosehip seed oil, walnut oil, pumpkin seed oil and evening primrose! Plus it contains a liquid green tea extract renowned for it's antioxidant properties.

Does your eye area need a little extra love to help keep those pesky wrinkles away for as long as possible? Then be sure to try out this natural anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream recipe! It’s formulated using a combination of oils known to promote healing like rosehip seed oil, walnut oil, pumpkin seed oil and evening primrose! Plus it contains a liquid green tea extract renowned for it’s antioxidant properties.

Use this anti-wrinkle green tea eye cream sparingly under eyes and around the eye area at night before bed. A little goes a long way! It’s also wonderful for dry skin and eczema or as a night cream for your face if you have dry or maturing skin.

Natural Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.25 oz. beeswax
.3 oz. walnut oil
.3 oz. rosehip seed oil
.25 oz. pumpkin seed oil
.25 oz. shea butter
.25 oz. evening primrose oil
.5 ml vitamin E
.1 oz. liquid green tea extract

Instructions:

Use a digital scale to weigh out the shea butter and beeswax. Melt a double boiler then remove from heat. Now weigh out the walnut, rosehip, pumpkin, and evening primrose oil and stir into the melted shea butter and beeswax.

Using a graduated plastic transfer pipette measure out the vitamin E oil and stir into the cream.

Allow the natural green tea eye cream to cool completely and solidify to a creamy consistency – you can speed this up by popping it in the fridge for several hours – then weigh out the liquid green tea extract and stir into the cream.

Spoon the final product into a 2 oz. glass jar and seal. Store in a cool dry place.

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Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe – Natural Green Tea and Mint Body Scrub

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Homemade Green Tea and Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe - Natural Bath and Beauty
Give skin a weekly – or even daily – exfoliating scrub for naturally beautiful skin as we move into spring with this DIY mint and green tea body scrub recipe (pictured above) via Go Make Me. It’s made with an exfoliating combination of real tea, sugar and Epsom salts and is naturally scented with just a touch of spearmint essential oil. But don’t let that limit you. You can substitute just about any skin safe essential oil or fragrance oil for the spearmint essential oil in the recipe.

Sore muscles getting in the way of the perfect day outdoors? Then try out my own recipe for a homemade natural sore muscle salt scrub made with peppermint, eucalyptus and tangerine essential oils! Or craft your own skin loving solid salt scrub cubes scented with natural pink grapefruit essential oil!


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