I have been wanting to create a new soap for a while now. After collecting some ideas I decided to try making an Earl Grey soap.
I love earl grey tea and find it very warm & soothing with its smoky, sweet citrus tones. It gets its unique taste and fragrance from bergamot essential oil.
This oil is obtained by cold expression of the peel from the fruit of the bergamot tree, which was named for the Italian city where the oil was first sold.
It was a great idea to add it to tea as some research has shown it to be useful in curing mouth infections, as well as skin, respiratory and urinary tract.
Tea has all kinds of health benefits as well. It contains flavonoids and antioxidants which can help fight against cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, strokes and improve cholesterol levels. Contrary to popular opinion, the caffeine in tea does not dehydrate you and since tea is 95% water it is also a good way to hydrate your body.
So with all that goodness I thought, why not put it in soap?
Wouldn’t it be great to take a nice warm shower with it and then curl up on the couch with a soothing cup of earl grey tea?
Or maybe a bath with it because then you can use the soap and drink the tea while relaxing in the tub.
Either way, I made a strong batch of earl grey tea and used it and some of the tea leaves in the soap. I scented it with bergamot essential oil but also added a little orange, lavender and smoky vetiver. I’m not sure how it will turn out after curing for 3 weeks but so far I like the smell a lot.
I will be curious to see if others will like it too. What do you think? Want to try it?