|That lovely little tablecloth I bought in Slovakia. The|
little lantern is from the Good S as is the glass bowl. What
a fantastic shape.
I also welcomed the opportunity to use Madder root again. I really loved the colour I obtained last time, but it did fade to very, very light pink. I therefore used about twice the amount as before. But this is a facination of natural colours. They reward me by being different every single time and I never get bored. This time I got a very lovely peach colour. A little bit more delicate than I intended, but who am I to argue with nature?
The recipe I used was a bit different from the one I intended to recreate because I didn't have enough Almond oil, so I improvised. It will be interesting to see if I like the soap as much as the other.
Madder root and neroli soap.
This recipe is for 700g
25% Coconut oil 175 g / 6 oz
25% Lard 175 g / 6 oz
20% Grapeseed oil 135 g / 4.7 oz
17% Apricot kernel oil 118 g / 4.1 oz
7% Almond oil 50g / 1.7 oz
6% Soybean oil 45g / 1.5 oz
I put about 2-3 tbsp of Madder root into the lye water and let it sit until cool enough to use it in the soap. The soap turned a nice pink which I felt was quite blue pink tobegin with, but it rapidly changed to a much warmer pink, ending in peach. The scent I used was mostly Neroli, but I added some frangipani that I had left over and some ylang ylang as well. It smelled wonderful and I do hope it stays. I put the soap in the fridge to prevent trace in the hope that it would also result in the fragrance holding.
The smell of lye is gone now and it seems that the scent comes through in a nice and gentle way. That is the way I like it, so perfect for my birthday present which is in a few weeks. I look forward to it. I know I'll get a great present!