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I started with making about 10 ounces of tea with 5 tea bags to add to the water for my lye. I moved next to my usual preparation of measuring and mixing my oils and mixing my lye water. I have sodium lactate to help make the bars harder, but I frequently forget to add it. I mixed the lye water with my oils and brought it to a thin trace before separating into three containers for coloring.
I wanted equal amounts of the black and brown soap mixture. I only needed a little bit of white for the design I wanted to do. I started with the black. I had premixed my activated charcoal with enough water to make sure that it was not clumping, I added this mixture to one of the larger containers of soap. I didn't add anything to the brown because the tea had already colored that portion. I added just a little bit of titanium dioxide to the small portion of soap to be white. Each color was blended just a little bit to make sure that the colors wouldn't have clumps.
After getting all of the soap in my mold I used a skewer to do the swirl. I inserted the skewer all the way to the bottom of the mold and proceeded to do a tight figure eight pattern in each half of the mold. This gave me the swirl in the soap. This particular swirl is know among soapers as a Mantra swirl.
The scent of this soap is very mild. It is fresh with just a hint of citrus.
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