Another four batch soap session!
from top to bottom I made:
Nettle & Red Moroccan Clay
Green Tea with Lemon Balm (from my garden)
Tomato & Sea Kelp
Chocolate Spearmint (also from my garden)
Can't wait to cut into these and see those colors!! Totally natural, no dyes.
Then a bit of an error. Lesson learned do your research before you turn on the heat. So, I made a batch of black bean soup from scratch (meaning I soaked the beans overnight). In the AM I looked at the water and thought what a cool color, I want to do something with that. I thought about making soap with it, but figured it would turn nasty grey with the lye so I decided to dye some yarn. I got everything ready and put it on the stove to simmer and THEN started reading about black beans and the natural dye process online. There is a ton of info on it, just google it. OOPS....everything states NOT TO HEAT IT! Mine was simmering away by the time I read that bit of important info. I guess if it gets hot, you get a murky grey/brownish color (see mine!). If you let it be in a sealed glass jar for a few days you get BLUE!! Seriously blue. I can't wait to try it again. I decided to let mine sit around for a few days longer and actually dumped in a strong brew of Chamomile tea to help with some sort of better color. I think it will be fine in the long run and I'll still use it.