Walking into my grandmother’s bathroom was akin to visiting a shrine to femininity. All the surfaces were decorated to suit her sense of beauty and womanhood; lavish flowers, sensual perfume bottles, fragrant soaps, and distinctly female-inspired art on the walls. However, it was never too much, always just enough. Every visit, I thought, this is what its like to be a woman, this is what she keeps for herself; aside from raising children, supporting her life-partner, and keeping the home. My mother continued in keeping her bathroom a demonstration of her feminine identity. Naturally, for me, this tradition has become synonymous with a wedded woman; the giving her identity unto a union of two.
I’ve been scouring the internet looking for a favor I would like to receive at a bridal shower that I would gladly add to my own collection of womanly things. I love the idea of making soaps, in all different shapes, sizes, and scents. For an upcoming bridal shower I am providing the favors for, I wanted to serve the modern and holistic sensibilities of the bride. A tea-scented soap is exactly what I was looking for!
The method is quite simple -which I loved- because it allowed for more energy spent in adorning each favor. I saw soaps done with Earl Grey tea and Chai tea (great for Christmas, I’m sure), but I am nuts about the scent of my favorite, Jasmine Green Tea. To me it’s a truly feminine scent of just enough fruit and floral.
Jasmine Green Tea Soap
• 10 oz Unscented Melting Soap Base (I used opaque white)
• 20 bags of Jasmine Green Tea – This tea is fragrant but delicate, so I used quite a bit.
• Wax Paper
In a small bowl, empty the contents of each tea bag and set aside. Line a baking pan with wax paper (just for easy clean up). In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the soap base for 30 seconds at a time. After 2 or 3 cycles in the microwave, add the loose tea to the soap base. Continue the increments of heat for 30 seconds, until fully liquid. I used a toothpick to stir every once in awhile. Pour the liquid into your pan of choice and allow it to set for at least an hour before cutting. Cut the soap into any shape you like; I sliced mine into 1”x 2.5” rectangles, to bare the oval label on each soap.
I am particularly fond of the Casablanca design I chose for the hang tags and labels. I came across a really sweet way to fashion tissue paper like an authentic tea bag over on Cucumbersome- Perfect! I finished my favors with some scraps of ribbon to wrap around the tea bags, and to attach the hang tag.