Soaps for grannies
I made this especially with the older women in mind. I had just bought some Shea butter and wanted to try that in soap. One of the grannies is a fan of Shea butter, so I thought I would make her happy. Needless to say I used Alkanet infused oil to get the purple color, but I have to admit that I completely love the pretty blue that it turns at first and I would really like to get that color permanently. I think I have to sacrifice some of my precious indigo soon to make some blue soap. Blue soap with Shea butter would be just perfect.
But back to the Granny soap. I made a small batch and tweaked the recipe a bit so the percentages are a bit strange.
Olive oil 50% - 270g / 9.5oz
Coconut oil 28% - 150g / 5.3oz
Shea butter 9% - 50g / 1.8oz
Cocoa butter 9% - 50 /1.8oz
Rice bran oil 4% - 20g / .7oz
I used sugar in the water and about 80g of the Olive oil was Alkanet infused. Scent was pure Lavender, no mix this time and I sprinkled a few flowers on top. Sea Mayweed, Achillea, Lavender and Calluna, the Sea Mayweed flowers turned a pretty lime green when the soap dried and I liked the effect. There are alway surprises when working with natural materials and I do appreciate that. I may use those flowers again and maybe arrange them a bit more carefully. Tweezers work well for this fiddly work.
Speaking about fiddly work. The eiderdown cleaning progresses at a snails pace. I now have 114 grams cleaned, but I am going to make a harp (a tree frame with strings) to help with the cleaning. Norwegians use this and I'm going to try to see if I can make one and clean faster that way. I'm really excited about my eiderdown and I can't wait to get the cover. It's being made in Germany right now and I think it will be fabulous.