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Author Topic: Best colorant for Lavender Soap?  (Read 1721 times)
greenvoid
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« on: January 17, 2013, 06:31:44 AM »

Any one out there found a good natural colorant for lavender Eo cold process soap?
Indigo spooks me due to issues of bleeding.  Plus i have not found any firm suggestions for how much to safely use.
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2013, 07:00:49 AM »

I use Red sandalwood which turns purple in a high ph so mine is a lovely lavender color when done
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2013, 10:23:37 AM »

I use ultramarine violet oxide pigment to make a light lavender color then add blue jojoba beads for a bit of personality. Both available from BB. Just made this 2 days ago. I am not a lavender person, but it sells well.

I should add that jojoba beads are more than just personality. They gently exfoliate while moisturizing... And they are lovely!
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2013, 12:37:01 PM »

Oh situ!  I have so grow to hate lavender but I keep man fit because people like it! 
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2013, 03:49:43 PM »

Nanci - I have never been a lavender person, but people who love it LOVE it! One batch per year, 34 bars, is it for me. And patchouli? I make it because people ask for it, but I'd rather have my nose in dirt, thank you very much!   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2013, 04:08:13 PM »

Nanci, I have got to try some red sandalwood! And love the idea of jojoba beads situ!
Now I am one of those lavender lovers.  LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! I take a bath every night with lavender, lavender candles all over and even like it in baking! My least favorite scent of all time...coconut. Makes me gag but everyone else loves coconut. Bleh!
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2013, 06:12:32 PM »

I was ok till the day I decided to make lavender bath bombs.  OMG!  By then end of the afternoon I never wanted to smell it again!  I am totally resisting the bath bombs again but I know I will keep up the soap and the whipped butter and sugar scrub. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2013, 06:50:23 PM »

Sorry, greenvoid - we took over your thread.  Sad
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2013, 07:06:00 PM »

The red sandalwood makes a very pretty purple.  So does alkanet root.  These are the only natural  purples I've found.
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2013, 08:25:10 PM »

I dont mind u guys taking over..makes good reading. So Red sandalwood is the one.  Will try..pitty as i just got some indigo thinkng that was the one.
Re Lavender. yes everyone loves it and keeps asking me for it.  They resist leaving their comfort zone and trying something else. Personally I love Cinnamon..also love Spirulina,..very earthy.
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2013, 11:46:47 PM »

I love lavender and mine sells out. I happen to add a little anise to mine too, call it Lavender Annie (after my relative who passed on last year). I play with color and pattern techniques using purple clay and alkanet root powder for the purple-y colors. Also add in woad powder for swirl contrast, although batch before last was gradient using alkanet. I posted a pic a while back of it. I use only natural ingredients, the purple colors being somewhat limited. I think indigo would be an interesting color to incorporate. Show us pics when you make it!
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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2013, 06:43:30 AM »

OOO, Song I like the idea of a touch of anise!  I am going to try that!  About how much do you add?  This might be a way to get me over my nausea  LOL
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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2013, 11:41:50 AM »

Hi Nanci, I can't give out my personal recipes!  Here's my suggestion...First start with the lavender, then add the anise a few drops at a time until you reach the scent that is personally desirable to you.  If you like it, others will too!

I believe it really is a personal taste thing when it comes to blending powerful essential oil scents. For me, it's like cooking and baking...Does it come natural to you and do you enjoy it? I hate to tell you, that's how I figure my essential oil mixes too.  I sniff them, decide what I like together, then figure out how much I want of each. My methods are very unscientific, except that I keep the percentage of EOs per volume consistent.  I've been lucky, so far, just by deciding how many parts of what per total I want.  Generally speaking, the more powerful the scent, the less I use in a mix so that it doesn't overpower the other EOs. 

That probably sounds like a bunch of gibberish, don't know if that helped???
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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2013, 11:56:12 AM »

The red sandalwood makes a very pretty purple.  So does alkanet root.  These are the only natural  purples I've found.

I've made my lavender with Alkanet Root, and I think Iíve used too less (1 oz ppo), is ugly " bruise " again :\
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« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2013, 12:05:03 PM »

I really like it MalaAnn. It is a soft blend. I found with alkanet I have to be very skimpy, as I don't infuse it first in oil. I ruined a batch of lavender Annie soap by using too much. The look was dramatic but it stunk like old hides. I have been using shreds n strips n tubes as embeds in consequent batches. Working great. Will post pic soon.
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