Now for the top of the soap, I decided I wanted to use paprika as my natural colorant. In one of the measuring cups I added 1/2 tsp. of the paprika to the soap base and mixed, I wanted it darker so I kept adding 1/2 tsp. at a time until I liked the color. I ended up using a total of 1 1/2 tsp. I was afraid if I used too much it would be too scratchy. I wanted a nice red color to go along with the peppermint EO but when I put the color on the top it reminded me more a tomato soup color. With the other measuring cup I left it the natural soap color and I will use this as a color to put on top of the paprika color and swirl. I am happy how the color did turned darker after the soap went through the gel phase The next time I try paprika as a natural colorant I think I will go ahead and add more to the soap and see what happens and what color I get.
This is the last soap challenge for now. I am not sure if Amy will be offering more challenges after her busy summer season, if she does I will be very excited to participate in doing more. Amy I would like to thank you for all your hard work putting this challenge together for us and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I have learned and how grateful I am that you would share your awesome skills with us.
Please to go to Great Cakes Soapworks and see Amy's beautiful soaps.
Also go to this link for and take a look at all the other great soaps that other soap artists have made for this weeks challenge : http://networkedblogs.com/yiMOw
Here are some of the pictures of the process and the finished soap.
|Oils ready for the lye, essential oils, calendula, and paprika|
all ready to go.
|Soap base seperated for the top. Adding in the calendula|
for the main part of the soap.
|Starting to mix in the paprika for the top soap color.|
|Here is the top colored with the paprika.|
Looks more orange than red.
|I added the uncolored soap base to the colored base|
and swirled it in.
|Here it is just out of the soap mold. I like the color |
much better after the soap went through the gel phase.
|Cut Bars. I love the look of the calendula in the bottom layer.|
|Calendula Mint Soap|