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Moringa Infusion with Charcoal Swirl

I have been making Moringa Tea Tree soap regularly but I usually make it a plain solid green from infusing powdered moringa in oil. A lady who always orders it requested for something with design. Wanting to keep it all-natural, I chose charcoal for the contrasting color of the swirls.  I must say I really like the new look and I hope it pleases her, too. 🙂

I had 4 batches of moringa powder steeping in olive oil since November but I needed 5.  I thus ended up making one batch with a week-old infusion.  I was a bit worried that it would come out a lighter green, but at the same time I was curious if there would be any difference.  You know what, the lone batch made with the one-week infusion was just as green as the ones with the 2-month infusion! I could not detect any difference at all!

Moringa Charcoal 1W

Moringa Charcoal 2W

Moringa Charcoal 3W

 

 

 

 

 

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

Fil-Castile Soap Embeds

As I mentioned in my last post, I only had 8 bars left of the Fil-Castile soap because this was where the other 7 went:

1.  Peppermint Avocado – I am one happy girl when avocado is in season. I love eating it, soaping with it, and slathering it on my face with honey and yogurt for a moisturizing and skin-refining face mask.  Avocado was the first fruit that I incorporated into my soap and it remains to be one of my favorites. To see my first avocado soap, please click here.

For this soap, I used about 10% (of oils) fresh avocado mixed with some water to make into a smooth purée. When using fruit or vegetable purées, I always let it go through a fine mesh strainer to ensure smoothness. For color contrast, I utilized the moringa sludge left behind from the oil infusion for my moringa facial soap, and for scent, I added peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils.

I took this photo a day after unmolding the soap:

Avocado Moringa 3

The actual soap was greener than what the photo above shows. Three days later, I took the photos below.  The bottom part with the moringa had become a bit lighter, but due to the lighting, it appears lighter than it actually is. I suspect the green will fade out or morph into a light yellow brown color. It is worth noting that after 2 months, the moringa facial soap with infused oil is still green although lighter.  

Avocado Moringa 1

Avocado Moringa 2

Avocado soap with peppermint, eucalyptus and moringa

Across my house, there are 3 eucalyptus trees. I decided to use some of the leaves as props. I never noticed before that some of the newly sprouted leaves were purplish red.

Eucalyptus Leaves

Eucalyptus leaves at various growth stages

Here in the Philippines, moringa grows everywhere. Once picked, the leaves tend to curl up and look wilted so it’s a good idea to dip the stems in water.

Eucalyptus leaf side by side moringa leaves

Eucalyptus leaf side by side moringa leaves

2. Orange Patchouli with Red Clay – I have read other people rave about orange and patchouli together. I now know what they’re talking about. The combo is a deep, complex and haunting scent. It’s divine! I have to admit though that it took me a while to appreciate patchouli. It does smell like dirt, but it blooms when mixed with other scents. I am crossing my fingers that the scent will hold!

For 1250 grams of oils, I used only 1/4 tsp Australian red clay to get a pale terra cotta-like color.  That stuff is potent! The actual color is a little bit darker than the photos. Red Clay Soap 3

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Orange Patchouli Soap with Red Clay

 

 

Marseille Facial and Baby Soaps

After several requests, I finally made some facial and baby soaps and decided to do a simple Marseille formula which is traditionally made with 72% olive oil. My worry was that it would be on the soft side so I combined a few tricks to make a hard bar of soap: discounted water, sodium lactate, yogurt (for some) and salt. I also placed them in a warm oven – no more than 50˚C – to ensure a full gel. I tried a higher temperature and the soaps would end up with a wrinkly surface or would have a lot of small holes.

1. Baby Powder and Unscented Goat’s Milk – the darker one is lightly scented with baby powder F.O. at 2.5% of oil weight. My normal usage rate is 4% or more for F.O.s, and 5% for E.O.s unless the scent is exceptionally strong. The baby powder-scented soap is with yogurt, while the unscented one is with Meyenberg goat’s milk powder – reconstituted with 240 grams distilled water for every 28 grams of powder.

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Top: lightly scented Baby Powder yogurt soap, Bottom: unscented goat’s milk soap

2. Moringa Soap – I steeped 15 grams moringa powder with 300 grams olive oil for a month before using it. The infused oil turned a dark green and produced a beautiful avocado color in soap. I took the photos when the soap was about 2 weeks old. Now that it is a month old, it’s still green but a shade lighter. I have been using a bar for a few days already and I like the way it feels on my skin. It produces rich, fine, and creamy lather. The rest of the soaps in this post are Marseille soaps except for this moringa soap. It contains olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, and essential oils of rosemary, tea tree and peppermint. I also added 2.5% sugar for extra bubbles.  Maya of Infusions blog also wrote about moringa soap here.

Facial Soap Moringa

Moringa Soap with yogurt, rosemary and tea tree oil

Facial and Baby Soaps

3. Dead Sea Mud – a Marseille soap with Dead Sea Mud at a little over 4% of oil weight. I added the mud to the soap batter, but next time I would like to mix it first with the oils for a smoother, less speckled appearance. Designed for oily skin, tea tree and cajeput essential oils were added. It’s interesting to note that this soap and the moringa soap, both with tea tree oil, are completely ash-free. Is it coincidence or has anyone noticed this about tea tree oil?

Facia Soap Dead Sea Mud 3

Facial Soap Dead Sea Mud

Marseille Soap with yogurt, Dead Sea mud, and Tea Tree oil

4. Unscented French Pink Clay – this clay is said to be the mildest and suitable for sensitive skin.  I mixed into a paste 2 tsp or 6 grams of pink clay with double the amount of water into 480 grams of oils. I am really happy with the resulting salmon color. 
Facial Soap Pink Clay

Facial Soap Trio

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Unscented Marseille Soap with yogurt and French pink clay

Thank you for reading! I hope all of you are having a good, productive week. Happy soaping! 🙂