Saturday, 12 March 2011

Lemon – Sea Salt Soap


I have been wanting to create a lemon soap for a while (Essential Oil combination of Litsea Cubeba, Lemon, Lemongrass & Citronella) and have also wanted to try varying my salt soap recipe with different salt quantities and oils so I tried both at once.


The whole soap room smells fresh and clean and citrusy right now, as I have just cut and stamped these. Not easy to get a clean-cut stamp with a salt soap.

I love the colour FOR NOW. I made a Lemon Poppyseed soap a while back (http://jenorasoaps.blogspot.com/2010/06/lemon-poppyseed.html) which was coloured with Carrot Tissue Oil. It was a stunning yellow straight out of the mould, but after a few months it had faded almost completely. See recent photo of the same soap.


So... I hope that the luscious yellow of the fresh salt soap stays more this time. Will let you know!

Any other suggestions for natural bright yellow?

Xo
Jen

12 comments:

Ambra said...

Those look really nice and I think I can almost smell them! What is the yellow colour you used? I really like Annatto infused oil. I have it in one soap that I have had for 4 months now and I don't see any fading although I expect it will fade eventually. I have also used Seabuckthorn oil and that gives a really strong colour, but with a bit of orange in it. But in a gentler way than unrefined Palm oil, which is almost rude in it's saturation.

Splurge Sisters said...

Your salt soap looks great. I found this list of natural colourants in soapmaking:

http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/soapmakingbasics/a/natcolors.htm

It mentions graound calendula petals.

Jabonera said...

Me gusta mucho como te ha quedado se ve muy natural y el color precioso. Yo también hice uno de limón y la verdad me quedo menos amarillo que el tuyo pero también con un color muy bonito. Besos. Me encanta el sello. Ana.

sironasprings said...

I use carrot juice in one of my soaps. I substitute the juice for half of my water. It's a nice yellow that doesn't fade too much. Here's what the bar looks like. http://www.sironasprings.com/product/topaz
-Ruth

Amy Warden said...

I used an annatto infusion for my Lemon Poppyseed soap and it is holding up nicely!

heirloomsoapworks.com said...

That lemon-salt bar is FAB! So rustic and earthy...love it. I have the EXACT same result last year w/carrot tissue oil....remember "Lava Lamp"? Lovely striking yellow that totally faded in 3 months! Aaargh! I hope your yellow holds this time -it sure is pretty! :)

Mountain Thyme said...

For yellow, I use dried sunflower petals from Hungary.

Coco said...

I think tumeric also gives yellow, but I´ve never used it so I can´t comment on the colorfastness or precise shade.

Great looking soaps though!

Jennifer Young said...

Hi! I meant to answer earlier... sorry!

Amber - the yellow colour I got from Carrot Tissue Oil.

Splurge - Thank you for the tip!!

Ruth - Goooorgeous. I may try carrot juice one of these days... Did that beautiful colour stay???

Amy, I really like that yellow too... softer... like butter! I use annatto for orange but may try infusing it...

Mountain Thyme - Do you blend them into a tea? Or infusing them oils? Or any other tricks?

Coco - thank you. I tried tumeric once and used WAY too much... got a funky colour and dry soap... may try again!

Thank you everyone for your input!!!!!

xo
Jen

maty said...

me encanta..tu jabon de sal ... dan ganas de probarlo !!!... yo hago una receta con sal en la que pongo aceite de oliva, coco, mantecas, y la misma cantidad de sal que de ac de coco... pero me resulta poco fino....
qu proporcion de sal usas ?...
saludos
maty

Sabun Warisan Bumi said...

How do you cut the salt soap? I've made some with 40g salt per 100g of oil, they we so hard and crumble when cut.

Jennifer Young said...

Sabun, Cutting salt soap is tricky... you have to cut it when it is still very soft. So soft it is still almost squishy... it took me quite a while to find just the right time for cutting and stamping salt soap.. but keep trying because it is possible!!! Let me know how it goes!! xo Jen