Oh my! It has certainly been a very longggg time since I posted a blog in my site. I have been neglecting my blog for sure. As always, things have been hectic and with the boys now back to school, it has been a challenge! Very busy, but I try to sneak in some soaping here and there.
A couple of weeks back I went to Peddlers Fair in one of our local cities. I was trying to decide if I was ready to participate in something that was open to so much traffic. Most of the selling of my soaps have been either at very small craft shows, friends and my very new website. I am such a scary cat, and I am not one to jump in with both feet without first trying out the water, so to speak. I am not much of a great business person either, but my dear husband tells me that if I want to continue to make tons and tons of soap I need to be able to sell some so that I am able to purchase supplies to make some more! I guess he does have a point 🙂
So I went to this fair and saw some beautiful things to buy! I was pretty surprised to come across only two booths of soaping vendors. One of the vendors made artisan soap just like I have been doing, and it was beautiful to see other work up close that was not mine. But I must admit that what really caught my eye was the vendor that had all “natural soap”. I love the simplicity of the soap, and the lack of mica coloring. This soaper had used natural colorants infused in olive oil to infuse her soap. I was certainly intrigued. Something else that caught my eye was that while she posted her soaps as all natural, i was surprised to see that some of the fragrance in her soap was not essential oils but synthetic fragrance. That was pretty interesting…I was probably the only one in that entire booth that was checking out the ingredients in the back of the label.
While I have never been one to sit there and batch anyone else work, I started thinking about exploring natural colorants in my soaps but still using my very loved fragrances! I love fragrances…TONS! I have a shelf in my closet full of them and I am not about to give up that little addiction, but thinking of how I can use the simplicity of natural colorants to produce a different kind of beautiful, fragranced soap piqued my interest.
And so I went straight home to find that set of natural colorants that I had just recently purchased and got to work on infusing some oils!
I used about two tablespoons of each powder for about 8 oz of Olive Oil. I used tea bags for the powder and sealed them with my iron so that it would make it easier to strain the oils. Because I did not want to wait forever to infuse the oils I neatly placed the jars of oil and colorants in a crockpot full of water and set it to medium for 2 hours.
Here is what they looked like about three hours after I removed them from the Crockpot
I think they look very pretty and was looking forward to seeing how these colors would change once I added them to my oils.
The TOP LEFT one is INDIGO POWDER, the TOP RIGHT is AlKANET ROOT, the BOTTOM LEFT is MADDER ROOT (nothing much happening there I would say) and the BOTTOM RIGHT is PAPRIKA POWDER.
I must admit that I was not able to wait for these oils to infuse so decided to instead use some Nettle Leaf Powder that I had on hand and with some Bergamot Essential Oil made this soap.
My husband was really excited because he said it was the closest thing to plain, manly soap I have made. Now I can imagine that this soap will be a bit scratchy due to the little flecks of the Nettle Leaf. I have not tried it yet, but just may have the hubby be the tester 🙂 I am thinking that the next time I may just try to oil infuse this powder as well to see if I can come up with the same coloring results. I really like how the color compliments the bergamot essential oil. The soap first ended up with a nice light sage color but as it is curing it has started to darken a bit to a really nice deeper shade of sage.
On my next post I will share with you my results with the Indigo, Madder Root , Paprika and Alkanet Root powders.
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