Saturday, 25 September 2010
Green Soap 7 – Nettle 3
My third attempt at Nettle did not produce green at all, but rather a darker version of Nettle 1. So for now, my conclusion with Nettle is that substituting the liquid for Nettle Tea, no matter how strong, does not produce green. Even if it does not produce green, it will most likely add some of the nettle qualities to the soap/ shampoo bar. The green must have come from the mulch, as advised by Cocobong.
Left - Nettle 1 (made with Nettle tea, steeped for 1 day)
Middle - Nettle 3 (made with stronger Nettle tea, steeped for 4 days)
Right - Nettle 2 (made with Nettle tea and nettle mulch at trace)
I will try infusing nettle leaves in oil for a month or so. I will also do some more experimenting with nettle mulch... maybe adding to the lye mix? I had previously added it at trace. As one of the Nettle bars I am now aiming for is a shampoo bar, I want to make sure that there are no bits to be left in my hair...
Anyway, for the moment, I am taking a rest from green experimenting. I may come back to it in a month or so, when my infused oils are ready.
Conclusions so far:
- Nettle mulch added at trace produces a nice green (with spots/bits). Nettle tea alone does not add green colour to soap.
- Spirulina added at trace produces a nice green although apparently it will fade entirely with time
- Green tea is a powerful and lasting soap colourant. However, substituting the liquid for Green tea produces brown, not green
- Green Clay - I have previously experimented with Green Clay and really like the green it produces
Experiments yet to try:
- Green Tea infused oil
- Nettle infused oil
Any other suggestions?