First, I infused some olive oil with fresh lemongrass.
|Fresh lemongrass and olive oil.|
I have a Crock Pot for use exclusively with soap making (I have a couple of soaps that are just begging for a rebatch), so I decided to try the infusion that way.
|Lemon grass chunks in olive oil. My funky Crock Pot makes it look|
like I'm soap making in the Serengeti!
|The paper towels caught most a lot of condensation that I didn't want in my infused olive oil.|
Worked like a charm!
|Now that's some strong green tea!|
I separated the soap into two containers, and mixed half with a lovely Woodland Green pigment powder. I loved the color, and it couldn't have been easier to work with.
I had a design envisioned for this project, so I started by pouring some uncolored soap into the bottom of the mold. I then sprinkled the used tea leaves on top of the layer of soap (after drying them as much as possible to remove any excess liquid).
|First layer of soap with tea leaves on top, with Woodland Green lurking in the background.|
The finished product is taking quite a bit longer to dry than some of my others (probably because of the high olive oil content), but I'm really happy with how it turned out.
|Tea time, anyone?|