When I like something, I tend to keep on repeating it. That’s the way I listen to music – looping the same set of songs over and over again. I may not be sick of it yet, but others unfortunate enough to hear my music for the nth time are bound to complain! 😀 It’s no different with my soap making, but I hope no one is about to complain! Since acquiring a wire hanger, I’ve been swirling away with it whenever I could. In my previous post, I used micas, oxides and ultramarines for the swirls. Here, I used all natural colorants.
Moringa and Pink Clay
I used 1 Tbsp (8 grams) French Pink Clay mixed with 10 grams of water for 750 grams of carrier oils to get a nice pastel pink colour. In a previous moringa soap I made, I strained out the moringa powder and used only the infused oil. It yielded a lovely avocado green colour but it started to fade after 6-7 weeks. Here, I included the powder that has been saturated in oil for a month. I am sure it will fade eventually, but I think it will stay longer than the one with the infused oil only. The moringa powder provides mild exfoliation while the upper pink part provides a slippery contrast. It is scented with lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus E.O.s.
A while back, I made my own dried botanicals and infused them in oil. The eucalyptus powder made a green oil infusion, but when I soaped with it, it instantly turned tan, and upon unmolding, it had turned brown. There was no gradual discolouration like most natural green colorants.
My original plan was to do a charcoal pencil line The batter was pretty thin and as I was adding the top layer, I knew I was not going to achieve a straight line. I ditched my original plan and went for my hanger. I am glad of the change of plans because I love the way this came out! Aside from the oil infusion and eucalyptus powder, it is also scented with eucalyptus and grapefruit E.O.s.