Monday, 17 January 2011

Colours - Stamped Soaps

I had a few email requests as to what I had coloured the soaps with in the stamped soap pictures so I thought I would post about it.

The first one in the picture looks green/ grey... well, oddly enough this was supposed to be another lavender soap experiment. I thought why don't I try blue? I had only ever tried the Indigo powder in a salt soap. So I added a little indigo powder at trace, but as the oils were so yellowy, it turned greenish! It looks better in real life, more minty green. I have tried to repeat this same green colour in another soap (Aloe Vera) but no... once again controlling this natural colour alludes me...

The second soap has no added colour other than honey. It is a non-scented honey soap.

I achieved the pretty purple in the third soap with Ratanjot. It does not look this purple in real life (thank you photo!!) but it is still pretty nice. I infused Castor Oil with Ratanjot and add it at trace.

The fourth photo is of my white salt soap. There is no colour added to this. Salt soaps are fabulous to colour naturally as they seem to go vibrant colours. And the white is so easy. I simply, use the clearest oils possible such as Sweet Almond and the whitest butters like Coconut Oil (tons of it).

The fifth soap is my Orange Poppyseed soap. It is coloured with Annatto powder added both to the lye solution and at trace. I do have to mention that I will be toning it down slightly becuase there is a very slight yellowy/orangy tint to the suds on this soap and I really prefer really white suds.

The final soap here is my "Save a Dog" soap. It is a dog shampoo bar and with this soap, I am going to be collaborating with the local animal charity organization to help raise funds. They are overrun with dogs. As Spain has been devastated by the recession (we call it the Crisis here), so many foreigners have returned to their countries, many leaving dogs behind. I heard at some point that some days when the volunteers arrive at the shelter, there have been up to 5 dogs tied to the front door. So sad. I hope to help somehow. There is no added colour to this soap, just some white clay and I think the Citronella Essential oil has turned it a mild yellowy-creamy colour.

I also wanted to mention something about another experiment of mine. I have been trying to get my Essential Oil scents to stick better. One of my experiments has been with Orris Root. I have concluded that in my soaps, Orris root has not really helped with scent-staying-power and I have decided I do not want it in my soaps as it is rough and scratchy. I have found other things that have helped but not Orris root. So, I wanted to let you know out there in case you were wondering about Orris Root.

I am very close to launching the Naturalmente Mediterráneo blog with a few soap soaps offered. As it will take some time to get official, I will be going ahead and offering some of my products "un-oficially". This launch should be happening within the next few days.... I am pretty excited!


The Soap Sister said...

Go Je-en! Go Je-en! Your soaps are just so beautiful, you've got your packaging and logo perfected -and your sweet spirit comes through in your products -I smell success! I can't wait for you to launch. Very excited for you & I hope you sell so much that you have to hire help! God bless. ~Becky

Polly said...

Your soaps are so beautiful Jen, I love the colours. And your stamp is perfect! Well done xx

p-lee said...

I'm so excited for you! You have done so much work and organizing. I can't wait to officially (or not) buy some of your soap! By the way, I ordered a soap stamp of my own based on your recommendation. So, thanks!

Ambra said...

You look fab, Jen. I love, love, love your stamp! You've got it sll together into a coherent whole. Good for you and the best of luck with the business. Look forward to the website :)

FuturePrimitive said...

Hi Jen

All looking fabulous. You must be really pleased. You've worked hard towards this haven't you!

Between Friends said...

Thank you Jen for letting us know about orris roots. I have a bag but haven't had a chance to give it a try. Now I'll just use it as some sort of colorant/exfoliant. ;)

AromaBeauty Natural Soaps said...

They look wonderful Jen, all lined up like little soldiers:) the colours look great and I just love that stamp! oh you must be so excited, all the best for your launch.

Heidi said...

The colors look really beautiful! I wish all the luck with launching your business! Your soaps are so beutiful that I am sure it will be a great success.

Anne-Marie said...

Gorgeous job with those natural colorant options. They look fantastic and I agree with the other commenters - the photography is really nice plus the angle just makes everything really "pop",

Carmen said...

Preciosos tus jabones.

Barcelona Spain

Natalia - EnJabonArte said...

Te felicito por tu nuevo blog. La pagina esta preciosa!! :) te deseo muchos exitos!