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I'm experimenting with natural colorants for soap making again today. In the picture above there are two mason jars, the jar on the left is Olive Oil infused with Paprika powder, the right is Annatto Seeds infused in Olive Oil. They both make a nice orange color, the Paprika being a darker infusion.
I infused each of my soap oils with the Annatto Seeds, when I measured out the Olive Oil I used half Annatto infused oil and half Paprika infused oil to help deepen the orange color. The four cup measuring cup is resting in a pan of warm water with a washcloth between the Pyrex and pan to keep my oils warm as I wait for the lye water to cool to the temperature I need.
The lye water is cooling in the kitchen sink.
Now it's time to make soap! I have the lye solution, oil blend and a bucket of shredded soap ends in an ice cream bucket ready and waiting. After cutting soaps into slices there are sometimes end pieces that get used as samples and can be shredded to use as decorative elements too.
Next I will pour the lye solution slowly into the oils and gently at first mix them until they emulsify, then I can use my stick blender to bring them to trace (a pudding like consistency). After my soap comes to a medium to thick trace I will add two cups of shredded soap for a confetti look to my finished bars.
Here's a close up of the shredded soap ends in the bucket. I used a Salad Shooter I acquired off of E Bay to do the shredding work for me.
The next step is getting it poured into my two pound acrylic mold. With the extra soap shreds it was full to the top and will make a big bar of soap when it's cut.
I waited twenty four hours for it to do it's soapy thing and un-molded the two pound loaf of soap and waited a few more hours till it was solid enough to slice into bars. What you see pictured above is right after the soap is cut using my wire soap cutter.
And the soap right after it was cut. I'm calling it Orange Cardamom Confetti. I used an Orange Cardamom blend of Essential Oils for fragrance and it's very orange!
I used a very basic recipe for this soap and I'll share the percentages of oils I used so you can make your own recipe with a lye calculator.
Castor Oil 5%
Coconut Oil 21%
Palm Kernel Oil 47%
Olive Oil 26%
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