Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More Natural Soap Colors

The last batch of oils
I have posted before about natural soap colors, but I have some new additions.  I have received the alkanet root powder and the madder root powder that I ordered.  So I am using them for oil infusions.  I have also dried some comfrey out of my mom's garden and infused it in oil as well.

Madder root

With the madder, I used 2 mounded spoons of madder powder and added a little under a cup of olive oil.  I shook the jar vigorously to make use that the powdered madder got completely dispersed into the oil.   This will make sure that as much color as possible gets dispersed into the oil.

Alkanet root
With the alkanet root powder, I used a little more powder.  I made the 2 spoon fulls a little more mounded than the madder root.  I added olive oil to the same level as the other jar.   I also shook this jar thoroughly to fully disperse the powder into the oil.

Both jars went into a crockpot filled with water to just under the rim.  I turned the crockpot to low and ran it for about half an hour for 2 different rounds.  This will speed the color absorption of the oil.

Oil added

As you can see the oil colors are very nice.  I will add pictures to this post tomorrow as soon as it has had some time to absorb color.

I have learned to not only mark the coloring medium,
but also the oil used
I have already learned a few things.  For instance I have learned that it pays to write more than the coloring medium on the jar lid.  The oil needs to be noted also.  Without doing this it is difficult to remember which oil was used and then adjust for the various saponification values.  The only option without possibly over superfatting your soap is to figure the coloring oils into your superfatting amount.  Needless to say this involves more math than I am interested in doing.  So from now on I will be marking which oil I add to the coloring medium.

All shaken up

Never fear, I will show you how these look in soaps.  I have a whole line-up in the works.  Coming soon:  Southern Sweet Tea, Gingerbread man embeds, Homemade Melt & Pour and others.  Hang on folks, it's going to be a wild ride.  ;)

The colors alkanet and madder produce in oil
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  1. I'm curious to see the finish product, the soaps! Now these are just the colors right, how about the aromas? wow...I've never made soap before so I can't wait to see more,Thank you for sharing at the Fluster Buster party, come join us again for more on this and other of your fabulous projects, Lizy, party co host

  2. More beautiful colors!
    Thank you so much for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Come on over and share what you've been working on.


  3. Beautiful colors!! Thanks so much for linking up at Dolly Creates

  4. These are beautiful, Lois! Thanks for sharing on the Creative Home & Garden Hop! Hope to see you again today...


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