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All the Pretty Soaps

Jul
21

I’ve been playing around with soap lately, trying out different flowers, seeing what happens. Here’s the wild phlox soap.
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Yep, the pretty pinks and purples turned green in the soap. Not all flowers lose their color. Here’s marigold.
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And this is clover on the right, dandelion blossom on the left.
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Dandelion blossom turns the soap darker after time, I’ve discovered. This is dandelion blossom soap, below to the right, after a couple of weeks.
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On the left in the above photo is mint. Most herbs retain color nicely. (And if you grind them finely, they sometimes turn soap a light green.)

This is rosemary soap. (Not green–I didn’t finely grind the herb.)
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Sassafras tea soap–the color comes from the tea.
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This is chamomile soap, and the color here is from the chamomile essential oil itself.
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I’ve also been trying a different mold. I mostly use a regular rectangular soap mold, or Pringles cans for round soaps. The chamomile soap was made using a french bread pan.
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Each well will hold two pounds of soap.
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Of course, there are no end caps. But–no big deal!
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After lining the pan with parchment paper, I used bars of soap (also covered by parchment paper) to prop up the ends until the soap firmed up.
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Soap loaf!
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I like it!

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Flower Identification Test

Jul
16

Pop quiz!

Identify this flower!
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And this one!
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To be honest, I have no idea what they are. I want to dehydrate some of the petals to put in soaps, but I have no idea what to call the soap because I don’t know what the flowers are! Help!

If you’re the first person to correctly identify both flowers, I’ll send you a bar of soap!

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