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Hanger Swirl with Natural Colorants

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.

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Moringa and Pink Clay

Double Eucalyptus

Remember this?

The net yield is very low. Most of it are too tough and fibrous  to be made into a powder with a coffee grinder.

Powdered eucalyptus leaves (left).

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.

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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.

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Double Eucalyptus

The Peppermint Collection

 

We’re at the height of summer and it’s sizzling hot. The internet says our temperature is 32˚C/89˚F, but it feels much hotter because of the humidity. The second floor of our house feels like an oven during midday.

When it’s this hot, I love the cooling sensation of peppermint. It also happens to be one of my all-time favourite scents.  All of the soaps in this collection are combined with other essential oils to create a refreshing, mildly minty soap.  I am missing a straight peppermint soap, but I’m afraid it would be too tingly. Does anyone have a suggested usage rate for peppermint in soap?

1. Lemongrass, Lime and Peppermint with Brown Rice Powder – I was a little bit worried about this because I disliked the smell of lemongrass straight out of the bottle.  However, mixed with lime and peppermint, the scent of the lemongrass mellows out, yet still smells distinct and wonderfully fresh. It has been at least 2 weeks, and the soap remains ash-free. Yay!
Peppermint Lemongrass 1

 

Peppermint Lemongrass 2

Lemongrass, Lime & Peppermint with Brown Rice Powder

2.  Tea Tree, Peppermint and Spearmint with Charcoal – I find tea tree oil on its own medicinal-smelling, and Spearmint too toothpaste-like.  But all three mixed together, the scent is soothing with a hint of sweetness from the spearmint.

Peppermint Tea Tree Spearmint 2

Peppermint Tea Tree Spearmint 1

Tea Tree, Peppermint and Spearmint with Activated Charcoal

3. Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint with Bentonite Clay – This one smells fresh and mildly minty. Aside from the purifying qualities of bentonite clay, I like the way it gives slip to the soap. It’s great for shaving legs.

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Peppermint Eucalyptus Bentonite 1

Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint with Bentonite Clay

The Peppermint Collection:

Peppermint Collection 1

 

Peppermint Collection 2