Sunday, September 30, 2012
I haven't made any blue soaps, although I did try once. I used indigo powder, but not enough, so the colour disappeared. Sometimes it doesn't pay to skimp on ingredients. so when I got the idea for this soap I decided to be generous with the Indigo powder. I somehow thought it would be appropriate to make a blue tooth soap. I made tooth soap a long time ago and I still have most of it. Not because I haven't used it. It's just that it lasts forever. But I started to feel a little deprived of the fresh minty taste of conventional toothpaste. My old tooth soap had baking soda in it and baking soda just doesn't taste very good. So I have been wanting to do a new tooth soap. And then I thought about the old blueing agents. Since i'm quite old, I remember when it was possible to buy a blueing agent to make white laundry appear whiter. Admittedly, I just barely remember the stuff, but it was sold in the olden days and used. Now they have something that works in a similar, but in a more sophisticated way, called optical brighteners. But I thought it might be a great idea to make a blue tooth soap, maybe it would make teeth appear whiter, or it would just look nice.
I have mint growing in the garden and I harvested all of it when it was starting to get cold. I made some mint jelly, but decided that it really is just too weird to eat that with lamb. Even if British people do that. It tastes just like toothpaste. I guess one has to be reared on that to appreciate it. But I used part of the mint for a tea that I used as the water phase in my soap. So the genius me didn't quite think things through. The art major should have known that mixing the yellow mint tea and the blue indigo would produce a magnificent green. But I just didn't think. So here is my "blue" tooth soap:
It's a small recipe (200g/7oz), but it'll last for a long time.
Olive oil 30% 60g / 2.1oz
Cocoa butter 30% 60g / 2.1oz
Coconut oil 22% 44g / 1.6oz
Soybean oil 15% 30g / 1.0oz
Neem Tree oil 3% 6g / 0.2oz
Mint tea 38% 76g / 2.7oz
Xylitol 2 tsp
Lye 28g / 1oz
Since I don't want the tooth soap to produce too many suds, I used much less coconut oil than usual and much more of the cocoa butter. The neem oil has anti bacterial properties, so I added some of that. I also added 1 tsp licorice extract, which is supposed to be good for the gums, to the essential oil blend. I used 1/4 tsp ginger (again that is supposed to be good for the gums) and 1 tsp peppermint for that fresh minty taste that I had been craving. I also ground up 1 tsp zink oxide and 4 capsules of magnesium citrate (good for teeth) with about 1/4 tsp indigo powder.
I made these into little hearts since I think they look kind of cute. I have tried the soap already although it needs some more time to cure. Well I can't say that it whitens the teeth, but it has a minty taste and it cleans well without sudsing too much. I might add some more xylitol next time and even some more peppermint eo. Just to get that really, really fresh minty taste. And I might even skip the mint tea and go for a truly blue soap.
- I’m a fun loving person who loves to do things, make things, grow things, repair things. I love it when my husband gives me power tools as presents! The next best thing is getting ingredients. Any type of ingredients, oils, pigments, building materials, old pieces of wood or used textiles, especially. I love the fact that anything can be made. Need glue? Well, go to the kitchen and make some! Don’t have a recipe for glue? Google it! (Isn’t the internet a fantastic invention) Need lettuce? Grow it! On a window sill if you don’t have a garden . I have two daughters, two dogs, one son in law and one husband. Born and bred in Iceland (I think that was a horrible mistake, I like warm weather and sun). Still live there though and of course I like it, really. But the weather could be better. I read a lot. Some fiction, but mostly factual books. I have an oppinion about most things. They may not be the right opinions, but I’ll stick to them unless you convince me otherwise. And I will change my mind give new facts and strong logic! I generally like my life. I like most people and love the fact that nothing that really matters to me can be taken away.