This weeks #HandmadeChat went into greater detail about using herbs and how to use them as colorants.
Here are a few things I took away from the chat:
Q. DO YOU RECOMMEND USING ORGANIC HERBS? IF SO, ANY SUPPLIER RECOMMENDATIONS?
A. I love organic and love Mountain Rose Herbs too!
Q. WHERE DO I BEGIN TO MAKE NATURALLY COLORED SOAP?
A. Research is critical. Take a look at blogs and videos that have been done so you can learn. Participate in active Yahoo and Facebook groups. So much information is shared and get ready to take notes. Experiment with one additive at a time. This is an important step to creating the colors you want.
Q. HOW DO I ACTUALLY INCORPORATE THE #HERBS AND NATURAL ADDITIVES INTO MY #HANDMADE SOAP?
A. Cold infusion: steep color in oil for 2-6 weeks shake periodically and send good intentions . Powered herbs/spices: use a heat seal tea bag and pour oil over the bag fill jar to the top, let steep as mentioned. Powered herbs/spices: can add at light trace but mix well, can leave speckles – 1/2 tsp per lb of oil.
You can learn more about Naturally Good Soaps and the products/services they offer here. For the full conversation and transcripts you can download them here. Enjoy reading and don’t forget to join us for the next #HandmadeChat on Thursday, 8pm EST, where I will co-host and chat it up about “Content Ideas for Your Newsletter and Blog”