I experimented with 2 Sea Salt soaps this weekend, with some Alkanet colouring. Yes, they turned purple (but for a Sea soap... wouldn't you want blue?)
This one is coloured with Alkanet coloured Olive Oil. I really like the colour, but it doesn't say "Sea" to me.
This one is coloured with Alkanet coloured Castor Oil, and I think I just put a little more in, so the colour is darker but similar to the first.
All this resisting resisting and more resisting what nature is offering me in search of my ideal is tiring. I think I may just give in to the magical power of nature. I had this great soap designed in my head - Lavender... Goat Milk... the perfect lavender purple. BUT - I just couldn't get it. Goat Milk and Alkanet just produced a muddy grey green. Then, even without goat milk, I just couldn't get the purple that I wanted in the soap. Lots of interesting blues and greys. I could probably get it if I used artificial colour but I don't.
So, then I had this beautiful Mediterranean Sea Salt bar created in my mind - Essential Oil combo reminiscent of a Sea Breeze... loaded with Sea Salt.... nice Sea blue.... BUT - I just couldn't get it. I can only get purple with Alkanet in my Sea Salt bars.
So, instead of resisting, I am going to accept nature's magic. I can either have a nice purple Mediterranean Lavender & Sea Salt bar.... and/or a white Sea Salt bar & a white or blue Lavender bar. What do you think?