Alkanet and eggshell
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This time I figured that if I used yoghurt I should get a nice colour, since it is acid. But just to make sure I had some lemon on hand to add to the soap as well. The experience was really strange and I thought I was losing it when the whole thing turned a greeny-yellow with a blue frame around it. I didn't take photo's of that because:
- I thought it looked really, really ugly - and
- I was convinced that the soap would stay that way and I would get a chance to snap a photo should I develop a desire to do so.
The colour isn't perfect, in fact it looks better in the photo than it really is. The white flecks in it are egg shell. I read about that and had to try it. I amassed a large quality of egg shells when I was baking for the wedding. As I used the eggs I washed the shells out and let them dry. Then I put them into a mortal and pounded with a pestle. It was quite hard work to get them to be very small, but I got there in the end. Now the thing that I read said that the egg shells would sink to the bottom and make a layer on the bottom, which I thought was quite a good idea. But in this soap it didn't do that but is dispersed throughout the soap. I think I will try this again and add the egg shell to a very thin soap to see if I can get it to sink to the bottom. I think that is quite cool.
The recipe is for 500 g. of oils / 17.6 oz (the oz are approximate):
Olive oil 30% 150g / 5.3 oz
Coconut oil 25% 125g / 4.4 oz
Lard 25% 125g / 4.4 oz
Sunflower oil 15% 75g / 0.9 oz (60 g of this was Alkanet infused oil - I didn't have any more)
Cocoa butter 5% 25g / 2.4 oz
Yoghurt 38% 190g / 6.7 oz
Lye 71g / 2.5 oz
I used frozen yoghurt for the water. I dissolved the lye VERY slowly since I didn't want to burn the milk proteins in the heat. The liquid turned a pretty yellow once I had dissolved the lye. When I had added the liquid to the oils the whole thing turned a gray colour with blue around the edges and as I stirred the thing it turned this greeny-yellow. At that point I added 2 tbs. of crushed egg shells and some lavender and bergamot EO. I also added 1 tbsp. corn starch to see if I can get the scent to stay a little longer than usual. I have just tried out the off cuts, a bit early, but it produced a nice lather and the egg shells were great for exfoliation. But then again I can never find bath brushes that are scratchy enough, but it may not be to everyones liking.