Parsley for the fresh green of spring.
|The clay plaque is by my little one and it hangs in the|
kitchen. I completely fell for the measuring cups I saw
in the MOMA store, especially the colours. I like green.
I finally made my green soap. I have been meaning to use Parsley for ages. The reason is that Parsley has a lot of Chlorophyll and therefore it should give a good green colour. Chlorophyll, of course, is what makes Parsley such a good breath freshener after eating garlic. It's also a great antiseptic, by the way, as well as chock full of vitamins and minerals. Apparently chlorophyl is available as a colouring substance, but I haven't seen it anywhere myself. I just dried some parsley that I've had growing in a pot. I use it in cooking too, not just as garnish, I like it and actually eat it. Dried Parsley is not oil soluble. I tried to put some fresh Parsley into oil and even used a stick blender to try to disperse it into the oil. That did not work at all. So this I time I crumbled dried Parsley and used 2 tsp which I blended with the EO's into a recipe of 500 g. (about a pound) of oil. I could have made tea and probably should have, but I wanted to have a part of the soap without colour to play with it. I'm getting a bit bored with one colour soaps. But the white part got pretty stiff so I ended up with white lumps in the soap rather than swirls of any kind. Oh, well!
The recipe I used is a little bit different than last time, but that is only because I ran out of some ingredients.
36% Olive oil
30% Coconut oil
25% Rape seed oil
5% Castor oil
4% Cocoa butter
I used a combination of Rosemary, Peppermint and Ginger essential oils for fragrance and the result is a fresh and green scent that almost clears the sinuses.
The soap is very, very soft. I cut it after a week, but that was difficult. I don't know if that is the rapeseed oil or not. I probably should only use 15% of that. It produces soft soap. But the colour is still a pretty green although it doesn't really look very green in the photo. But I have a feeling that it may turn to olive with time. I'll add that info to this post at a later stage.