I seem to have a thing for turning my favourite beverages into soaps. Café Latté, Gin and Tonic, and now a Chai Latté. This wonderful, rich soap is scented with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and vanilla. I blended kaolin clay with milk powder, ground cloves, ground ginger, and ground cinnamon to give a hint of exfoliation. And, with the help of Annie and Sven, we got the mysterious red soap thing sorted out!
The magical red colour is a result of milk and cinnamon bark essential oil (cinnamomun cassia blume) mingling together in a bar of soap. The red colour isn’t as pronounced here as it is in the Cinnamon Oatmeal soap I made a few months ago because all the spices and essential oils made the initial soap darker. It’s still got a very distinct red tint to it, though.
These bars have a warm, rich lather, making them wonderful for shampooing and shaving. The blend of spices and essential oils will also help increase circulation when the soap is used on your skin, so don’t be surprised if you feel a bit of a warming tingle.
Chai Latté Soap
Per 500g (1.1lbs) oils:
- 25g cinnamon bark essential oil
- 3g clove bud essential oil
- 2g cardamom essential oil
- 5g vanilla essential oil
- 5g ginger essential oil
- 1 tbsp white kaolin clay
- 1½ tbsp milk powder
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
Blend the clay, milk powder, and spices together.
Follow my standard soap making instructions (calculate for a 6% superfat). When the soap reaches trace, add the essential oils and clay mixture. Pour the soap into the mold. Let saponify in the mold for 24 hours before slicing and curing for at least 3 weeks.