Here is a picture of the Cucumber Layered Soap. Look how vibrant the colors are when the soap first comes out of the mold – gorgeous! Perhaps I don’t have the best photo to display this bar of soap but it will give you an idea of how natural colorants fade in soap. The bar of soap is still wonderful to use but just muted in color. For this soap we used annatto seed powder for the top layer, titanium dioxide for the middle layer, and spirulina for the bottom layer mixed with a cucumber puree from the whole cucumber including the skin. I love using the natural colorants but they do leave you limited when it comes to creating different soap designs. Still learning about all the wonderful qualities of natural colorants so hopefully more to come. Spirulina is one of my favorite colorants, as well as, indigo blue, activated charcoal, and lemon peel powder.
I have been making soap for years and reading about cold process soap for years prior to actually attempting the process. Thankfully a local company, Wild Rose Soap Co, was giving classes. Now everything I have read made sense and I have been going strong ever since.
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