Pecan Rooibos + Orange Soap

Pecan Rooibos + Orange Soap 5 - offbeat + inspired

I’m one of those people who usually can’t think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I have friends who have to hold themselves back from decking their house out with red and green before the end of October, but I always feel like I want Thanksgiving to have its chance in the spotlight.

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With that said, since I’ve started making cold-process soap I’ve had to think 4-6 weeks in advance due to the curing time. Although I try to avoid too much Christmas planning before the last turkey leftover is eaten, soapmaking does require a bit of foresight.

Pecan Rooibos + Orange Soap 3 - offbeat + inspired

There are only a few short weeks until Christmas (can you believe it?!), and I realized that if I was going to give soap as gifts this December, I had to get some recipes started ASAP – even if it was before Thanksgiving. (I have to confess, however, that I’ve given soaps in the past and told the recipient not to use the bars for another week since it hadn’t finished curing. Probably not the most tactful move but it worked!)

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Since learning more about the world of tea from K’Tizo, I decided this holiday season I’d make a tea-based soap. I used my current favorite blend, Pecan Rooibos, and added orange essential oil to complement the nutty, sweet aroma and burnt orange color of the tea. For added texture and a mild exfoliant, I stirred in a few tablespoons of used tea leaves.

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Have you been thinking about Christmas for a while or do you take it one holiday at a time?

Pecan Rooibos + Orange Soap
Makes about 16 4 ounce bars of soap

For the full cold process soap making instructions, check out Tiffany’s beginner’s soap making tutorial

Base Oils
13.5 oz. canola oil
13.5 oz. coconut oil
13.5 oz. olive oil
4.5 oz. sunflower oil

Lye Solution
12 oz. brewed tea, cooled to room temperature* (I recommend loose leaf tea from K’Tizo)
6.4 oz. lye

Additives
Add 0.75 ounces orange essential and 2-3 tablespoons of used tea leaves right before mixture reaches trace.

As always, remember to let your soaps cure for 4-6 weeks before using or gifting!

*It is very important that you allow the tea to cool. Otherwise, when you add the lye to hot tea, the solution may boil over.

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Comments

  1. nice shots…

  2. Looks like a wonderful soap…

  3. Hello, I ‘ve only made 3 small batches of soap so far so still figuring this whole thing out. My third batch was something I created myself as a mild facial bar (goat milk, charcoal) All my batches are still curing and so I’m still not sure how good they will turn out. I wanted to run my facial bar recipe by you to see if you think it is a sound one for more batches in the future.
    Here it is: 4 oz avocado oil, 6 oz coconut oil, 1 oz castor oil, 2 oz Shea butter, 6 oz olive oil, 3 oz palm oil, 1/2 tbsp charcoal, 7 to 8 oz frozen goat milk, 3.10 oz lye. At light trace I separated some of the mixture & mixed it with the charcoal & then swirled it in. I let it sit in the mold for approx 2 days on my back porch so it wouldn’t gel. It was a little sticky when I removed it to cure but now it isn’t so much after a couple of days. Please let me know if you think I can make any improvements to this for a more balanced bar. Thanks a bunch. Mary :)

    • I love the mix of oils that you used! With the shea butter and goat’s milk, it sounds like you have a really moisturizing bar. To be honest, the best way to know how you like a recipe is to try is when it’s done curing. Everyone prefers different properties depending on your skin type, so I’m afraid I’m not much help without actually trying the soap. I’ve made soaps that I thought I’d love only to try them and realize they didn’t feel the way I wanted them to feel. If you haven’t seen this chart yet, it’s helpful for knowing the properties of various oils so you can achieve what you’re looking for: http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/pdf/soapoils.pdf. Hope that helps and happy soaping!

  4. I notice that the Rooibos Pecan has pieces of caramel in it. Nice to drink but how is it in the soap.
    Think I might try the plain Rooibos.
    Your recipes are great and I would like to try this new one….

    • The small amounts of caramel didn’t negatively affect the soap – to me, the texture would be just like adding a little honey to the recipe, which I like doing. The plain Rooibos would definitley work great, though. Glad you like the recipes and hope you like this one!

  5. I was just looking around for Rooibos tea soap recipes, and stumbled on this page. Wow, this sounds great, thanks! I tend to use a slightly different mix of oils (such as no sunflower oil), but other than that, I think I’ll stick pretty closely to your recipe to try out.

    Thanks!

  6. Oh, I forgot to ask, did the soap produce any scent from the tea after it was cured, or was there no scent?

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