This is the second installment of Pimp My Soap! This time with green tea and mint. Check here for the first installment: Soothe with lavender, chamomile and coconut oil. I used a muffin tin as a mold for these soaps and they came out looking like little scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream! Who doesn’t want to bathe with a warmer, less sticky version of minty, chocolatey ice cream?
Green tea has a lot of beauty and health benefits as a drink but it is also good for skin when applied. Green tea soothes and calms red, irritated skin and can tighten up loose, wrinkly skin. Mint is always good for a pick-me-up. Breathing in the scent is thought to improve mental clarity and memory. When applied to the skin, mint also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to soothe bug bites. Plus, mint contains Vitamin A which can reduce oiliness and acne.
Fake ‘handmade’ soap is always a good bet for the holidays. You can make it and even wrap it ahead of time. No last minute shopping! I bundled mine up in parchment paper, tied with trim, with handwritten labels.
Pimp My Soap in Refreshing Green Tea and Mint
8 oz soap
2 oz strong brewed green tea (I used 2 tea bags.)
2 tablespoons dried mint
40 drops peppermint essential oil
Prepare the mold. You may use silicone molds or any container lined with parchment paper. If using parchment paper, smooth out all creases and leave an overhang.
Grate soap bars with a cheese grater.
Place in microwave safe bowl.
Add green tea.
Microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. This will take 2-3 minutes. It will be creamy, not liquid.
Once melted, add dried mint and peppermint oil.
Spoon mixture into mold. I used parchment paper lined muffin cups.
Place molds in freezer for 1 hour or let sit at room temperature overnight.
Remove from molds and cut/break into pieces, if necessary.
Store in a cool, dry place when not in use.
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