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Category: Natural Colourants

  1. Alkanet Root in CP Soap

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    Lavender Peppermint Soap


    Still on the natural colours theme, this Lavender and Peppermint soap has alkanet root as the only colourant.

    It needs about a tablespoon dried alkanet root infused in the olive oil part of the soap. I usually heat the infusion in a double boiler until the water is boiling, then turn the heat off and leave to infuse for a few hours. The oil will be a deep pink so don't worry, the lavender colour comes once the oil is mixed with the lye. At first it will be grey/green, then blue and finally lavender once the soap has cured, which takes about a month for this soap.

    Alkanet root is alkali-sensitive - the ph of soap is too high to ever get back to the pink colour of infused alkanet, so it's usually used as a purple.

    Olive pomace was used in this soap, and was another lucky seizing escape, so olive oil first pressing it is from now on! For this recipe, anyway.

  2. Turmeric Soap - Loving The Natural Colours!

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    May Chang Turmeric Soap


    Who knew that Turmeric would give you not only a lovely golden yellow, but speckles and freckles as well?

    Probably everyone except me. I added May Chang essential oil to this batch, and the delicate lemony fragrance turned out to be just right for a cheerful, sunny soap.

    This is a new recipe, and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out as I wasn't all that confident a month ago - the soap set up far too quickly for my liking, probably just a couple of minutes away from a total seize. Plus having to guess how much turmeric to mix into the soap batter.

    Luckily it was mixed and moulded just in the nick of time. Phew!

    Although I scraped through by the skin of my teeth this time, think I may just play it safe in future and hot process this one....

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