It’s not perfect, but I am really happy with how this turned out!
I made the half-circle with an annatto seed infusion on Sunday. The next day, I made the other two batches – the top is colored with madder root and the bottom is alkanet powder. All of the infusions were done in grade A olive oil, warmed then left over night to cool.
I will probably pull back on the alkanet – it’s actually darker than I wanted – while boosting the annatto a titch, but the madder root is so lovely, I think it’s my favorite color. I did a quick lather test with an end sliver, and was relieved that none of the colors bled.
And it smells incredible – perfect for summer! I’m calling it Island Time, as it’s scented with coconut, pineapple and mango. Yum!
I also did a straight up alkanet colored soap with lavender fragrance and essential oils. I’d also pull back on the alkanet on this one. Amazingly, I reduced it from 44% to 25% of the total olive oil, and it’s still that dark. It really must not take much!
This one is called Provence, which is probably obvious.