So how did I actually create each color that I used in my soap?
- Color #1: I used Paprika and Turmeric and added a little of the Red Clay.
- Color #2: I used the Dark Red Brazilian clay.
- Color #3: I used activated Charcoal.
- Color #4: I used a combination of Annatto Seed and Yellow Brazilian Clay.
- Color #5: I used a combination of the Natural Brazilian Clay and White Kaolin Clay.
- Color #6: I used my soap base as its own color.
For my Soap recipe I used Amy Warden’s Super White Base Recipe. This recipe consisted of:
- Coconut Oil 45%
- Refined Shea Butter 20%
- Lard 15%
- Avocado Oil 15%
- Castor Oil 5%.
Here are some pictures of the results from my first soap challenge. I really enjoyed participating and learned a lot from this challenge. I don’t think I had ever made soap with 6 colors in it before. I chose to do a drop swirl for my design. I needed to watch my recipe and soap at cool enough temperatures as to not accelerate trace, but not too cool so that my soap would not gel. Gelling actually brings out the colors in your soap. It also speeds up the time that your soap needs to cure. I believe I soaped at approximately 100 degrees. I insulated my soap, and placed it on a heating pad as to force gel.
I think the soap turned out pretty good. My red color could have been a little deeper but this was the only Red Brazilian clay I had to work with. I was able to manipulate the other colors to get a truer color to the palette. I wish you all could smell how soft and peaceful this Indian Sandalwood smells. I love it. I have had this soap curing on my kitchen counter for the last few days and I absolutely love the fragrance oil, and I have enjoyed looking at all the colors and varied patterns that the drop swirl gave me.
Thanks Amy for this challenge!