RECIPE: How to Make Matcha May Chang Cold Process Soap With Homemade Almond Milk

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.

Free Beginner’s Guide to Cold Process Soapmaking: Cold Process by Soap Queen

2016-03-09 10.56.05You Will Need

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

Stick blender

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)

IMG_20160309_181538To Make

  • 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.

 

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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!!!

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Screenshot_2016-03-16-11-19-29Photos 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.

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And a yummy matcha latte to wrap things up.

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Final Note: This recipe is recommended and designed for experienced soapmakers.


 

RECIPE: DIY Sugar Scrub

I love a sugar scrub! They gently exfoliate and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Another great thing about them is that they can be easy to make and can be made with natural ingredients.

Here is a simple, yet luxurious feeling sugar scrub recipe (and you can watch me make the sugar scrub here).

 

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You will need (approximately)

  • 1 jar ~ I am using approximately a 1 cup jar
  • 1 cup of raw sugar ~ you can use caster sugar or plain white sugar depending on the texture you are after.
  • 80 ml approx of Rice Bran Oil ~ or other oil of your choice from the supermarket isle.
  • 1 tablespoon of Calendula Petals ~ optional. I like it for a rustic look, and calendula petals are said to sooth irritated skin!
  • A couple of drops of essential oil of your choice. Please keep in mind that you do not require much essential oil (and too much can be harmful). It would be a good idea to find out about the properties of different essential oils and make sure the one you want to use is skin safe (or safe during pregnancy).

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Method:
The easiest way to make the scrub is to add some sugar and oil into your jar a little at a time. This way you will ensure you achieve your desired consistency. When you have filled your jar halfway, add some essential oil and calendula petals if using these. Stir through and you are finished.

Once you are happy with the consistency of the scrub, store in an airtight container and keep in a dark, dry place. IMPORTANT NOTE: As this scrub does not contain a preservative, it is important ensure that you don’t introduce water into the jar of scrub.

This scrub is not emulsified, so the oil and sugar will separate. This simple means you will need to give it a quick stir through when you go to use the scrub.

To use: take out a small amount of scrub prior to getting into the shower and rub onto skin (avoiding face) in a circular motion. Rinse clean.

scrub4What is your favourite bath or beauty treat? Bath salts, bubble bath, bath fizzy? Or maybe a gorgeous body butter?

x. Vicky

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