The following post is originally from my Happy Tired Mummy blog, but I just couldn’t help but share it right here as well.
I am so totes in love with Matcha Maiden’s Matcha Tea! I love it in a latte (Matcha Latte) but of course I wanted to try it in soapmaking! Today I am finally able to bring to you my very own soap recipe which included Matcha Maiden’s Mix’n’Matcha tea powder and handmade Almond Milk.
Recipe: How to Make Matcha May Chang Cold Process Soap With Handmade Almond Milk
Important Note: This recipe is for experienced soapmakers. If you have never made cold process soap before please read this important article on the soapmaking basics including lye safety and how to make basic cold process soap. Soapmaking involves handling dangerous substances.
1 x large heat safe mug/jug
1 x heat safe 500ml jug (not aluminum or brittle plastic)
1 x microwave safe 2L cup jug or stainless steel stockpot
1 x stainless steel dessert spoon
1 x large silicone spoon
1 x stainless steel teaspoon
1.5 kg soap mould
60 grams Castor Oil
100 grams Cocoa Butter
100 grams Shea Butter
250 grams Coconut Oil
300 grams Olive Oil
190 grams Rice Bran Oil
50 grams Almond Milk (Learn how to make Almond Milk at home here.)
1/4 teaspoon Matcha Maiden Matcha Tea powder (mixed with 1 tablespoon of Olive oil taken from the 300g of Olive oil above)
250 grams Distilled Water
135 grams Sodium Hydroxide
20 grams of May Chang Essential Oil
(You will also require safety goggles, latex/rubber gloves, long sleeves and covered shoes)
- Following all safety precautions as outlined in this article, weigh out your sodium hydroxide into a heat safe mug or jug (not aluminum).
- Weigh your water into a 500ml size heat safe jug.
- In a well ventilated area, add the sodium hydroxide to the water (never pour the water into the sodium hydroxide) and stir until dissolved using a stainless steel dessert spoon. This is your lye water.
- Leave in a safe place to cool to approximately 45 degrees celsius.
- Whilst the lye water is cooling, weigh out all of your other ingredients into a microwave safe jug (one that will hold approximately 2 litres) and melt in the microwave, or using a stainless steel stockpot melt on a stove top on low heat.
- Once the oils have completely melted, let cool to approximately 45 degrees celsius.
- Once both the lye water and oils are both at approximately 45 degrees celsius, add the almond milk to the melted oils and stir in with a silicone spoon.
- Then slowly pour your lye water into the melted oils and incorporate gently with the silicone spatula.
- Using a stick blender, blitz the mixture in several short bursts until you reach a light trace (read about trace here).
- Add the Matcha Tea (which has been incorporated in 1 tablespoon of Olive oil) and the May Chang essential oil into the mixture and stir until incorporated. If you wish, you can use your stick blender very briefly to ensure the Matcha Tea Powder and essential oil is combined fully.
- Pour into a lined wooden mould, or silicone mould. If your soap mixture (or batter) is thick enough you can use the back of a stainless steel teaspoon to texture the top of the soap.
- Place in the refrigerator overnight.
- After 24 hours you can un-mould your soap and leave to cure for 4 to 6 weeks. Then you can enjoy!
Note: I found that during the curing time the soap didn’t smell very good at all, but after it cured the May Chang essential oil (which is lemony) shone through and it is lovely.
More About Match Maiden
As mentioned at the start of this blog post, my fave Matcha Tea is from Matcha Maiden. They have an awesome website and Instagram account which I have even been lucky enough to feature on their Instagram account! So exciting!!!
Photos are from Matcha Maiden Instagram Account @matcha_maiden
Then I simply couldn’t help myself, I made some matching Matcha May Chang Matcha Tea bath truffles too! See this post to learn how to make Matcha May Chang Truffles.
And a yummy matcha latte to wrap things up.
Final Note: This recipe is recommended and designed for experienced soapmakers.
Earlier this year Kenna from Modern Soapmaking held a social media marketing competition on her website. Kenna set out several tasks to choose from – from Instagramming your favourite product to blog posts on how you got started in the soapmaking world.
I felt inspired to give it a go and entered several times. And guess what? I won! Okay, the winner was drawn randomly but I don’t care! I never win anything! I was so excited (and I still get excited thinking about it).
I don’t know why but I love to look at the behind the scenes of my favourite soapmakers. I love to watch them work or a take look at their workspace.
Today I thought I would show you inside my soap cupboard. It doesn’t hold all of my soap supplies, mainly just the things that I might need quick access to, or the things I wash up after a soapmaking session.
So here we go…
Have you been wanting to “take the plunge” and make your first ever cold process soap, but feeling a little apprehensive? I know that I did! I was so nervous about what I should expect, what if things didn’t go to plan – how would I rectify anything on the fly? What if I knocked over the lye water? What if I left something out?
One of the keys to successful soapmaking is research. Arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can to prepare for that very first batch.
But research can present you with an overwhelming number of tutorials and how-to’s that you feel like throwing in the towel before you begin.
So today I am going to share with you the resources I found helpful when it came to make my very first cold process soap.
I know that for me it was really helpful to have some visual guidance, as well as easy to follow written instructions. I thought I would put together a post with all of the resources that helped me take that step to become a soapmaker rather than a soapdreamer.
I am so totally in love with Matcha Maiden’s Matcha Tea, especially in a Matcha Latte (which my hubby makes me on weekends).
But as a soapmaker/bath product crafter, I was keen to try this superfood ingredient in one of my favourite products to make. The Bath Truffle Melt.