DIFFERENCE: This recipe has 5% less Shea Butter, slightly less water and I added the Castor Oil and Alkanet coloured oil at trace instead.
PHOTOS: I cannot believe what a fabulous example of photography and lighting this is. I present 4 different photos of the SAME SOAP and it looks like a different colour in each soap!
RESULTS: All I can say is that the real colour is a nice purplish blue. I really like it. It actually could be a good lavender soap... not perfect yet... but getting closer. I wanted to reduce Shea Butter in my experimenting, one reason - because of the cost! The top on this soap turned lighter, even though there was NO PEAKING... you may notice I did not even take the time to swirl it. I simply poured and closed... and the top is almost like matte velvety... Luxurious... I can’t stop touching it. This colour is one of the most authentic of all my experiments so far... I was getting really tired of the grey tinge... This is truer colour.
CONCLUSION – Since I changed three things I cannot say exactly what affected the colour but something has – maybe a mix of lowering Shea Butter quantities, lowering water & adding Castor Oil with colour at trace?
CONFESSION: A couple of you have mentioned my patience with this experiment... Well to be truthful... I am getting bored. I have enough Lavender EO for 1 more experiment I believe... I am waiting for my order from Fresholi to arrive. Then I am not sure if I will continue much longer for now... I am hoping for that perfect purple tomorrow... If I take a break from experimenting with this colour for now... would anyone else be interested in continuing?
TEASER... Next experiment will be increasing quantities of Castor Oil...