Thursday, June 7, 2012

Soap Challenge Week 11 - Natural Soap

I am participating in the Soap Challenge on Great Cakes Soapworks blog (see previous post).

Soap Challenge Week 11 - Natural Soap

This is the final challenge on Amy's soap blog.  We were to make all natural soap, which I do all the time, so we were supposed to try something new.  I decided that instead of micas or clays for colorants, I would make my Rosemary Lemongrass soap with an infusion of herbs and botanicals. 

Well, it didn't exactly work out.  I wanted a blue color.  Although my research suggested that cornflowers could be used as a dye (and I already know they are safe for the skin), I was unable to get a single drop of color out of them.  I used several cups of organic cornflowers in some sweet almond oil and cooked it at a low heat forever, and the oil never changed color.  Then I tried poppy seeds.  That also gave no color.  Since I was running out of time, I gave up and used a blue ultramarine, but I did use bladderwrack (a type of seaweed) for the green color. 

Made with goat's milk and shea butter plus essential oils...it smells awesome...kind of like the grasses by the seashore.



You can see the other challenge participants' Natural Soaps by clicking here.

Bath Alchemy by The Bonnie Bath Co.

4 comments:

  1. Well, shucks. I've heard you can use indigo or woad for blue...never tried them myself! Love the colors you got from this anyway. :)

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  2. Oooh...may I ask what essential oils you used? Also, indigo and woad do work, though woad ends up more of a gray-blue color and with indigo, you must use only a tiny bit.

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  3. I just used woad in a soap meant to be used by my extended family on our annual beach vacation that's coming up soon. I used powdered catauba bark powder for the bottom layer (supposedly sand), woad for the middle layer (supposedly ocean) and left the top layer natural (supposedly air). When I unmolded the soap, I was a little disconcerted - the bottom layer was a fairly bright reddish brown, the middle was a shocking green-blue, and the top was a darkish neutral. Three weeks later, the soap is three different shades of brown. I used Caribbean FO from Nature's Garden Candles which I love, love, love, and I don't think there is anything in it which discolors, so I don't know what the deal is with the color morphing. Not that it matters - it's still really pretty, smells fantastic and it has every skin pampering thing I could think of in it, so I'm sure my family will appreciate it. But I am really surprised that the color of the woad powder didn't stick around. Then again, I don't know why the top layer (no colorant) is as dark as it is either. Oh well, I'll be experimenting with the woad again soon, I guess :)!

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  4. Lovely soap! I like the result and the swirl is really nice!

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