I wanted to use natural colors because I had bought a selection clays and plant powders last June and I was just itching to try them out. I had an alkanet infusion that I had going in a jar for a couple of years now. I have only used it a few times but basically I just dumped a couple of tablespoons of alkanet powder into a mason jar, filled it with olive oil and let it sit. After I used some, I just refilled it and added a little more alkanet. Other infusions I made by putting about 1-2 tbs. powder into teabags and placing them into mason jars filled with olive oil and putting them in a hot water bath in my crock pot for a couple hours. I learned this from a Soap Queen Tutorial I think. I made these infusions back in June and they had been sitting on my shelf waiting to be used. I had infusions of annatto, matcha tea, spirilina, paprika and I also tried to make an infusion with indigo but I found that indigo works better if you just use the powder mixed in oil as it doesn't infuse.
After playing around with the colors, I needed to make some more infusions but I was too impatient to take a even a couple of hours so I just dumped some of the powders in tea bags, put them in pans, added oil and stuck it on the stove top. Of course I wasn't paying attention and I kind of over cooked them and they smelled a little funny but they worked out ok. The new annatto was really strong and in my final soap I reduced the usage to about 8% of my oils and I still diluted the orange soap with some uncolored soap to tone it down.
The colors I chose for my soap were dark purple (33% alkanet infused oil), light purple (12 % alkanet infused oil), light green (16% matcha infused oil), Dark green (33 % spirilina infused oil with about a 1/4 tsp of indigo powder added to 2 ounces infused oil), orange (annatto) and uncolored soap. I scented my soap with a mixture of pepermint and eucalyptus.
|Before the lye is added the colors look so pretty|
The recipe I used was just a basic palm, coconut, olive and castor recipe. I ran low olive oil by the time I got to my final attempt so I took what I had left in the bottle and added enough avocado oil so that my olive avocado blend was 75% olive and 25% avocado. There was quite a lot of arithmatic in planning this soap. I never used the soap calc I keep hearing about, I only learned about it recently. I have always done my calculations by hand. My soap was oven processed.
|Final recipe with breakdown by container and edits from previous batches|
|Lined and ready to go for one of my trials|
Failed batch (lye container mix up)
No flub ups in my final batch. I am really happy as to how it came out. Outside of the pipes I used uncolored soap, light green and a little dark green. Inside of the pipes I used orange with dark purple, light purple, uncolored soap and in the smallest pipes I used dark green. The soap in these pictures is less than 24 hours old so the colors may still be evolving.