Chop the soap into small chunks, around 2cm square. Place in a microwavable container or double saucepan.
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Melt the base in a microwave for about 3 minutes, 1 minute on high then in 30 second blasts until melted throughout.
While the soap base is hot, add in the essential oil and mix through.
Carefully pour about 25% of the melted soap into your moulds. The more you fill it in this step, the bigger the white section of your soap will be.
Throw the remaining melted soap back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to get it piping hot and liquidy again. Drop a couple black tea (English breakfast, Irish breakfast, Early grey, etc.) into the mixture, and let them brew until the colour changes.
Carefully use the back of the spoon to squeeze the tea bags against the side of the container, extracting nice, dark tea-stained soap. Mix it up thoroughly to spread the color around evenly.
Once the white soap from Step 3 has firmed up a bit on top, it’s time to pour the tea layer. First mist the white soap with a bit of the alcohol to help the layers stick together. Pour it over the back of a spoon, This will allow it to pour in gently and not mix too much with the white layer.
Pour it close to the top, but leave enough room for the tea layer ( roughly 2mm )
Immediately sprinkle a really generous helping of your loose leaf Earl Grey tea all over the top of the melted soap. Completely cover it, using way more tea than you need. You can just tap off the excess when it’s all firmed up.
Allow the soap to harden for several hours, minimum, before popping it out of the mold. Then, you can just tap off the excess tea!