Sunday, 13 June 2010

Lemon Poppyseed


I know...I know... not the most original soap... everyone seems to have a Coffee Kitchen Hand soap (I do and I really like it!), a Honey Oatmeal soap (I do and I am still experimenting with getting the perfect one) and a Lemon Poppyseed soap. I tried Orange poppyseed, but I didn't like it as much. I have been frustrated in my experiments with citrus soaps because I couldn't get the Essential Oils to stay. But this one... FINALLY! I seemed to have found a natural colour I am really pleased with, and the Essential Oil combination smells very lemony and seems pretty strong right now. The colourant is Carrot Tissue Oil that I bought from Gracefruit. I added just a few grams at trace and got this yellow I really like. The Essential Oil combo is Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) from Fresholi, Lemon & Lemongrass. I used my favourite no-palm recipe, adapted slightly. Now I just have to wait till it fully cures to see if the Essential Oils stick!

14 comments:

Sergio said...

Has cambiado la imagen de tu blog!! Muy bonito. Pues a mi me gusta el jabón con las pintitas. Y el lemongrass me encanta.

Jabonera said...

Que chulada de jabón y que alegre, y los aceites esenciales, ya me imagino un jabón muy fresco.

Springvale Soap said...

Beautiful yellow!

I just recently came across someone saying that using cornstarch helps anchor citrus scents. She mixes 1 tbsp ppo of cornstarch into a bit of oil then mixes the citrus into that and adds it to the rest of the oils before the lye goes in.

~Deb

Edith said...

Beautiful soap,fragrance and colour Jen let me know if the fragrance sticks
Thanks for sharing the tip about the cornstarch Deb might have to try that!

FuturePrimitive said...

that's so lovely. i reckon it will stick. i use litsea and lemongrass quite a bit and have never had a problem...
they do of course smell stronger once wet in the shower or bath.
x x

Ambra said...

Really nice colour for a lemon scent. Interesting tip about the cornstarch, Sombody nedds to try that and report :)

Jennifer Young said...

Thanks for all your great comments! I can't believe it will smell even stronger in the shower! Maybe I will try the same size batch (small experimental batch of 3 bars) but with cornstarch? Thanks for the tip Deb. xo Jen

FuturePrimitive said...

Hi again Jen!
I meant after the cure time. Essential oils evaporate quicker than fragrances and sometimes the soap doesn't smell as strong as it did when first made. However, once wet the scent comes back.
x

Amy W said...

I had someone suggest using one part five-fold orange to one part litsea cubeba, and it was fabulous! It was definitely sticking around. I hope yours does too, because it sounds like a winner!

Jennifer Young said...

Thanks Tiggy. Thanks Amy. I have been looking for ways to get Orange to stick... Tiggy recommended getting a hold of 10 fold orange but it has been hard and could it even be harmful? I am getting some 5 fold orange from Fresholi soon.... Does your mix smell orangy or lemony or just citrusy in general? xo Jen

Michelle said...

My very first batch of soap was lemongrass scented and so I have a soft spot in my heart for anything scented lemon. Your soap is beautiful! I love the color, everything went together very nicely!

Karen said...

Jen, it looks good enough to eat!

TheSoapSister said...

It's lovely, Jen! Such vibrant color! I hope your citrus sticks this time. I'll give the "cornstarch trick" a try when I make my Citrus Grove later this week -will report my results along the way!

Monica said...

Digas lo que digas el jabón es magnífico. Los jabones con ese aspecto tan natural son los más bonitos y el toque de las semillitas es todo un detalle.
Besos