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Girl Annual
« on: February 01, 2005 07:33:42 PM »

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im new at this homemade soap thingy, and I want to experiment with lots of different scents (and colors) when making soap, but I dont want to break the bank in doing so! Any suggestions for ways I can scent (and color) my soaps without having to buy expensive, commercially available essential oils?
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2005 07:59:11 PM »


I buy off her on eBay and her candle/soap scents are AMAZING and really cheap! I used 5 different kinds of baked goods scents to make soaps for everybody for xmas Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2005 12:57:35 PM »

thanks for the suggestion.  Unfortunately, I live in canada, and once you factor in the exchange rate and shipping, the price increases dramatically....

Im really wondring more about things you can use to scent soap that you can find aorund the home.  I tried Cinnamon the other day, with pretty good results.  I also tried melting some chocolate straight into my m&P soap, which gave it a really nice smell and color.  I also tried almond EXTRACT  (not EO) which worked only so so.  I guess I could have used more, but was scared that it would messup the soap consistency...

so, any more suggestions my crafter compatriots?

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2005 01:15:45 PM »

you could use your own perfume to make "a bath line", and don't forget herbals, lemons & limes.  Martha Stewart recommended using lemon & lime zest in soaps--eucalyptus is a good one too--check with your florist & grocery store for fresh herbals.
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2005 02:40:07 PM »

Time to hit the grocery store and any ethnic stores you can find.

For color...

Paprika = peach or salmon color
cayenne pepper = peach
ground parsley = green
cinnamon = light brown/tan
cocoa powder = tan to dark brown, depending on how much
tumeric = yellow
annatto seeds = yellow to mustard
paprika and tumeric = dreamsicle orange
cornmeal = light yellow
calendula petals = yellow
liquid chlorophyl = green but may fade to brownish
alkanet root = pinks to violets to blues
madder root = a dusky rose color
honey = caramel color
milk = if you scorch it, turns tan and smells nutty

If you're doing cold process soaps, you can add spices at trace and they'll color your batch but adding in plain whole spices will give your soap a "speckly" look.

A better way is to infuse the spice into one of your oils-this works for both CP and MP. Put a reasonable but small amount of oil into a glass bowl or measuring cup. Add spices and heat them for a bit in the microwave. Let the mix sit awhile until you've got a color you like.

You can infuse other ingredients this way too. Parts of plants, herbs...etc.

If you're making CP soaps, you can use baby foods as well.

Also, fruit juices can give color too.
*Keep in mind some berry juices and plant material will turn your soap brown.

Some spices- like cinnamon- can be irritating if added in larger quantities. Also, you can grind your spices in a coffee grinder to make them really fine.

Depending on the type of soap you're making the scents are going to be a different thing to tackle completely!
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