Eucalyptus, Green Tea, and Aloe Vera Soap

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I made my first batch of soap in August, and between gifting them to family, friends, and coworkers, my supply has already dwindled. While the combination of goat’s milk and lavender was divine, I’ve never been one to try the same thing twice. While I’m still using goat’s milk as my soap base, I opted for eucalyptus, green tea, and aloe vera in lieu of lavender this time around.

Given that winter is rapidly approaching, I used eucalyptus knowing just how wonderful it is for those sinuses. Further, since green tea is known to brighten skin and aloe vera is known to soothe skin, I figured that they would be excellent additions considering how drying and harsh winter can be on the skin. Speaking of winter, handmade soap makes for a lovely, yet affordable holiday gift. :)

Notes:

  • You can use store-bought aloe juice, or extract aloe juice from your very own plant. For the purposes of this recipe, you’ll need two large aloe vera leaves. First, slice the leaves lengthwise to expose the aloe. Second, scoop out the aloe and add to a blender. Discard the remaining leaf. Third, blend until liquefied. Fourth, strain through a cheese cloth, discarding the cheesecloth and remaining pulp. Viola! Aloe juice!
  • Recipe yields 12, 4 oz. bars of soap.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 lb. goat’s milk soap base
  • 60 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1/2 cup loose green tea leaves
  • 1/4 cup pure aloe juice
  • A silicone mold with 12 cavities, each cavity being 4 oz.

What you’ll do:

  • Cut each 1 lb. brick of soap base into 32 cubes
  • Add all cubes of soap base to an 8 cup, microwave-safe measuring cup
  • Microwave on high in 1 minute intervals, stirring in between, until melted through
  • Add the essential oil, tea leaves, and aloe juice, and mix thoroughly
  • Pour 4 oz. of the mixture into each cavity and allow to harden overnight

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