Susanne's Crafty Corner: Cosmetics

Natural coloring for soap: Green


Green bentonite clay
green bentonite clay in soap
Soaper:
Susanne
Recipe:
Did not contain discoloring oils and water was used to mix the lye with.
Method:
HP
Amount:
1 tablespoon per pound of oils
When added:
To the oils before mixing in the lye water.
Comments:
Color stays true

green bentonite clay in soap
Soaper:
TES (Tara)
Recipe:
no discoloring oils, 32 oz oils total
Method:
CP
Amount:
I *think* it was 2 tsp to about a third of that total weight
When added:
After trace.
Comments:
Has faded slightly, the first colored layer is the tumeric layer...so it's the plain white base, tumeric colored, green clay then red clay.


Fresh pandan leaves
pandan leaves in soap
Soaper:
Susanne
Recipe:
Did not contain discoloring oils for the green half of the soap, fifty/fifty water and coconut milk was used to mix the lye with.
Method:
HP
Amount:
Infused olive oil with the pandan leaves and pureed the leaves afterwards with some coconut milk. of this micture I added approx. 1 heaping tablespoon per pound of oils
When added:
After cook, just before pouring in the mold
Comments:
Soap can become a bit scratchy if you add too much or don't puree the leaves fine enough. When kept in the dark the soap stays a pretty green, the ones exposed to sunlight discolored to yellowish after about 2 months. A very nice and subtle pandan scent comes through in the soap.


Fresh avocado
avocado in soap
Soaper:
TES (Tara)
Recipe:
No disccoloring oils, mixed lye w/water
Method:
CP
Amount:
2 oz pureed avocado
When added:
At trace
Comments:
Gave this beautiful green color for quite some time but has since faded to a yellowish tint. I can't give an exact time of when the fading occured as my soap was in storage in a barn over the entire summer


Pureed cucumber
cuke in soap
Soaper:
TES (Tara)
Recipe:
No discoloring oils, in a 42oz oils batch I mixed lye w/half water
Method:
CP
Amount:
8 oz pureed cucumber
When added:
After mixing lye w/oils but before trace
Comments:



Olive Leaf / Safflower Powder
olive leaf in soap
Soaper:
Bathsheba and Flowerhead
Recipe:
Very white, 60% lard soap
Method:
CP
Amount:
Scant 1/2 tsp. each of olive leaf and safflower powder per 3 oz. of traced soap
When added:
After trace
Comments:
Not gelled


Green stevia and safflower powder
stevia and safflower in soap
Soaper:
Bathsheba and Flowerhead
Recipe:
Very white, 60% lard soap
Method:
CP
Amount:
1/4 tsp. safflower, 1/2 tsp. stevia powder per 3 oz. of traced soap
When added:
After trace
Comments:
Not gelled


Green stevia and hawthorn
stevia and hawthorn in soap
Soaper:
Flowerhead
Recipe:
1 3/4 C RBO infused with 2/3 C hawthorns (50% oils of recipe), blended together and allowed to sit a few days.
Method:
CP
Amount:
1/4 tsp. Green Stevia added at trace to approx. 1 cup of soap for another sad attempt at a swirl.
When added:
With oils and at trace
Comments:
Unfortunately I should have put this soap in the fridge to prevent gel, I think the green would have been nicer. Stevia added to a yellow base seems to give a nice green.


Green avocado oil & nettle
avocado oil and nettle in soap
Soaper:
Susanne
Recipe:
10% very dark green avocado oil and 30% extra vierge olive oil
Method:
CP
Amount:
Added 1 teabag (1.5 g) of ground nettle
When added:
Oils with the oils, nettle at trace
Comments:
Gelled and ungelled looks the same: a very light speckled green.


Rosemary
rosemary in soap
Soaper:
Darlene ("Flash")
Recipe:
I use pomace olive oil but it does not seem to discolor. The soap on the right in picture is the same recipe but without colorant or scent. See below for notes on infused oil.
Method:
CP
Amount:
Infused 1 oz of freshly ground rosemary in 15 oz of pomace olive oil. Used in my 32 oz of oils batch.
When added:
Infused in 45% of main oils the day before making soap
Other:
Green. To infuse the rosemary, I put the freshly ground rosemary & olive oil in a pot and heated it, alternating between low heat and no heat to keep warm without overheating for several hours one day and a few hours the next morning. I let the rosemary settle to the bottom & poured the oil off the top trough a coffee filter which gave me 13.5 oz of infused oil. I had to add 0.9 oz un-infused olive oil to get my 45% of oils for my 32 oz recipe. When I used the stick blender, everything turned a caramel brown. Insulated with towels for gel. The next day it was back to green. Picture taken 10 days after soaping. Now, 15 days after soaping, it has faded to a greenish tan instead of the light-bright green it was.


Rosemary & Ginko
rosemary and ginko in soap
Soaper:
Flowerhead
Recipe:
Lard infused with lots of rosemary, OO infused with ginko.
Method:
CP
Amount:
I got unscientific here... sorry...
When added:
IWith the oils
Other:
The lard was a beautiful sage green, the olive oil a nice dark green from the ginko. When the lye/water was added the whole thing turned brown. Then orange. Then tan. And back to green after a day or so. I think the color is more of a green than the picture shows. The darker soap gelled, the lighter less green, one did not.


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