Saturday, July 19, 2014

Exploring Natural Colorants in Cold Process Soap

Although I've dabbled with a few natural colorants here and there, it wasn't until this month's soap challenge that I really delved deeper into the beautiful world of natural colorants...and enjoyed it!

Here are a couple of my soaps that were made using indigo, alkanet root, paprika, turmeric and annatto seeds...all infused in organic olive oil...

In an effort to maintain the bright yellow calendula petals (and avoid cutting streaks), I added those to the soap as an accent after cutting :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Butterfly Hanger Swirl

The Butterfly Hanger Swirl? Is that even a technique lol? Not sure, but in any event, here is my hanger swirl soap that looks like a butterfly :D This was done using the purples and "gold" on the summer soap challenge palette.

I used Nurture Soap Supplies micas for the purple...mixing a variety of their purples with pink and brown to get the various shades of purple seen here and used TKB's gleaming gold for the base and oil mica swirl on top...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Secret Feather Swirl No. 2

Okay, I can't say it enough...I love Amy's soap challenges! They drive you out of your comfort zone and give you that push to try something new! The "new" for me this month was natural colorants. Sure, I've used some natural colorants here and there, but not to this extent!

I decided to go with another secret feather swirl and see how the clays performed with both the inside swirl and the top feather design...they didn't seem to accelerate trace and I love how bright and bold the colors came though! For my colorants, I used the Brazilian Clay Sampler Pack from Bramble Berry. The soap is scented with a lovely blend of sweet orange, lavender and patchouli essential oils...

I was having so much fun with this challenge that I decided to experiment with a few other natural colorant soaps too...feel free to check them out here: