It has been a month of struggling with colors. I don’t have that much trouble with natural colorants like charcoal and annatto seed powder, but it’s the lab colors, and to a lesser degree the oxides, that I’m having problems with. I purchased primary colors only, thinking that I could just mix myself to create other colors. I’m beginning to think it’s not that simple, and there’s good reason why people buy a rainbow of different colors. For the soap below, I mixed 1/8 tsp ultramarine blue oxide and 1 drop red lab color for 500 grams of soap batter. I wanted lavender, but I got gray instead. And obviously, I put too little color. Perhaps I should name this Lavender Clouds. For my second attempt, I wanted to create purple, so I mixed blue and red liquid lab colors. Originally there was more blue, but I could not see the color transformation, so I ended up adding more red. Being a newbie with colors, I was not surprised that I did not get my mix right, but I was surprised to find the speckles. I researched and found out that the heat from the saponification can cook some colors. Ahh, I always learn something new. I am also wondering why this soap has white spots. It does not have palm oil – only olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil and castor oil. Could they be bubbles? I scented the black portion with Black Amber and Lavender, and the pink portion with straight lavender. I like the way it smells strong and lavender-y, with a hint of sweetness. However, after a couple of days, the brown discoloration of the Black Amber and Lavender has started to migrate to the pink portion.
I just read Otion‘s latest post on Zebra Morph Swirl. Coincidentally, their creation was closer to the look I was aiming for. Their purple is beautiful! It’s good to know that all it takes is Cellini Blue Mica. But since I don’t have it (and even if I ordered it, it will take a long time to reach me across the globe), I was wondering if there’s another way to mix blue and red oxides and/or lab colors to come up with purple? Would love and greatly appreciate to hear your tips and suggestions!